Felecia Majors delivers South County girls’ to Virginia AAA indoor track and field title; Forest Park takes boys’ crown
By Eric Detweiler,
HAMPTON, Va. — Already attempting the most ambitious schedule of anyone at the Virginia AAA indoor track and field championships, South County senior Felecia Majors spent a good portion of Saturday in a draining battle with her emotions, too.
Majors entered the meet expecting to win the 500 meters, and after getting upset in her favorite event, the tears flowed freely. But thanks to encouraging words from her teammates, the reigning All-Met Athlete of the Year never let the disappointment slow her down, almost single-handedly delivering the Lorton school its first team state title in any sport.
A week after dominating the Northern Region meet, Majors won the long jump and pole vault and placed second in three events and fourth in another at the two-day competition. She also ran the anchor leg on South County’s sixth-place 1,600 relay team, accounting for all 52 points to edge Lake Braddock and Oakton for the team title at Boo Williams Sportsplex. It’s the first time an area girls’ team has won the championship in 11 years.
“Without [my teammates] putting me back up after [the 500,] I don’t think I would’ve been able to come back like that,” Majors said. “They lifted my hopes up. I’m just really proud that they’re here. . . . They’re just as much a part of this as I am.”
Behind a strong group of sprinters, Forest Park beat Western Branch for the boys’ title, becoming the first local team to stake that claim since 2001. It’s also the first state championship in any boys’ sport for the Bruins.
Junior Mustaqeem Williams provided much of the firepower with his own grueling slate of events. On Saturday, he repeated as the 55-meter champion in 6.39 seconds, taking an accidental spill into the crowd after his blazing effort.
Williams added a silver medal in long jump to go along with a third-place finish in the 300. The All-Met anchored the 800-meter relay, which Forest Park won in meet-record time, 1:28.06, and he also took second in the triple jump on Friday.
“My coaches just coached me through all my events, telling me what I needed to do to conserve energy,” Williams said. “It was hard, but I enjoyed it a lot.”
The South County girls entered Saturday leading the competition thanks to Majors, and she gave few outward signs of fatigue during competition.
The Tennessee recruit flew 20 feet in long jump for the first time. She already owned the best jump in the country this season and won the competition by a foot and a half, missing the meet record by half an inch.
Majors began crying soon after crossing the finish line behind Mackenzie Kerr of Douglass S. Freeman in the 500, and still fought back tears discussing the race after she’d finished competing. For all her success, she finishes her career without winning state gold in an individual race indoors, though she ran a personal-best 39.46 seconds to take second in the 300 later in the day.
Meantime, Edison junior Louis Colson pulled one of the day’s biggest surprises when he chased down Chantilly All-Met Sean McGorty in the 3,200 meters, finishing in a personal-best 9:06.61. The Stanford-bound senior had already won the 1,600 in 4:11.68 and led his signature event almost the whole way until Colson pulled even in the final 100 and won by two-hundredths of a second.
“I can’t believe it,” Colson said afterward. “He’s a legend around here.”
Lake Braddock put on a strong performance in the distance events even without nine-time All-Met Sophie Chase to finish second as a team. The senior ran the anchor leg on the winning 3,200 meter relay team on Friday night, but she ended up scratching both her scheduled individual races on Saturday because of a sore back.
Juniors Hannah Christen (1,600) and Katie Roche (1,000) claimed individual titles for Lake Braddock.