The regular season has ended for the Mathews High track team, and the post-season championship run began May 15, at West Point High School with the Tidewater District championship meet.
Against the West Point Pointers, Middlesex Chargers, King William Cavaliers, and King and Queen Tigers, both Mathews boys and girls took home third overall, with the boys getting 116 points, falling short of second-place King William (123 points), and first-place Middlesex, (129); while the girls got 82 points, falling behind a close call between West Point (139 points) and King William, who took the win with 140 points.
To qualify for the regional tournament, an athlete had to place in the top six. Those that qualified for regionals in the girls included junior Shanice Williams, sixth in the long jump with a 12’07.5" jump; sophomore Tracy Green, freshman Shyanne Gordon, and senior Sabrina Myers, who each tied for third with a 4’2" in the high jump; and senior Amber Cantrell, who was fifth in the discus with a throw of 73’5.75". On the track, Gordon and sophomore Vanessa Forrest took third and fourth in the 100m hurdles, with 19.56 seconds and 19.88 seconds, respectively; Forrest also won fifth in the 300m hurdles, with 58.21 seconds, while Gordon took sixth with a time of 1:00. In addition to a tie in the high jump, Myers qualified in a number of track events, including third in the 1600m with a 6:21.26; fourth in the 300m hurdles (57.21 seconds) and third in the 800m (2:57.62). Senior distance runner Nancy Barnhardt grabbed a wave of momentum with double wins in both the 1600m (with a personal best of 5:59) and the 3200m (with a 13:39). Fellow senior Mariah Davis captured fourth in both the 400m, with a 1:05.6, and the 200m, with 29.12 seconds.