The Gloucester High School boys’ and girls’ track and field teams finished the regular season with identical 4-2 records, both placing fourth overall in the Peninsula District Outdoor Track Meet.
In the PD event, first place went to Jazmine Banks in the shot put with a throw of 36’5" and the discus with a toss of 110’9.5", Evan Wagner in the high jump (5’ even) and Tina Vickers in the pole vault. Natalie Bueker was second in the high jump with 4’10", fourth in the long jump with 17’1.5" and fifth in the 400 meter dash in 1:01.73.
Elisabeth Drake was third in the 3200 race in 13:20.85 and seventh in the 1600 in 5:52.63. Khadjah Payne was third in the shot put with a throw of 32’1", Emily Manzanares was fifth in the 1600 in 5:52.63 and Haley Lucas was sixth in the shot put with 29’9" and eighth in the discus with a distance of 78’7.5".
In the Eastern Region Meet, the GHS girls placed 10th overall among 31 scoring teams with only eight competitors. Banks was third in the discus with 114’7" and fourth in the shot put with 37’9". Wagner was third in the high jump with 5’2" and Bueker was fifth by clearing five feet. Manzanares, Drake, Payne and Lucas also competed.
Banks went on to gain All-State honors by placing sixth in the shot put with a toss of 39’1.25" at the Group AAA Championships on June 3 and 4 in Richmond. That marked her fourth all-state champion performance in her three year track and field career. In their state-level debuts, Bueker was 10th in high jump with 5’2" and Wagner also competed in the event.
On the boys’ side, Robert Freiermuth won the pole vault in the Peninsula District meet by clearing 12 feet. Kevin Speray was second in the 1600 in 4:40.3 and combined with Tyler Price, DaRontae Carter and Adrian Garcia for second place in the two-mile relay with 8:27.95. Jarrell Bennett was second in the discus with 127 feet and third in the shot put with 38’9.5".