South County standout Felecia Majors’s individual afternoon at the Northern Region outdoor track & field championships Friday at Robinson went somewhere along the lines of this.
Triple jump championship (39 inches 2.75 inches), check. Next, 100-meter dash, a victory (12.32). Then, rush in the gym and pole vault. Great, new personal best this season (12-6). Up next, journey back out onto an unseasonably chilly, breezy track and break a 28-year-old meet record in the 400 by 0.41 of a second (54.74). Fair enough, a little time to rest before the 200 (25.47), another win.
South County had easily won the team competition by the time the sun set on the final Northern Region championship before reclassification goes into effect. The Stallions earned 133 points, with runner-up Lake Braddock earning 61.
Majors also won the long jump (18-3) and placed second in the high jump (5-3) behind Edison champion Nicie Grier-Spratley (5-4) on Thursday to finish with six individual championships for the meet.
“I just really think of it as normal,” Majors said. “It happens all the time so it’s like a habit, so there’s really no surprise . . . You’re made for this. You do this all the time and you should be good. Go out there, and do what you know best. This is what I know best.”
Westfield won the boys’ championship on the final race of the meet, coming from behind in the standings with a 4x400 win (3:20.80) to finish with 79 points to edge West Springfield (76).
“It could be anyone’s day at any time,” Westfield’s Nathan Kiley said. “I’m really appreciative we were able to run this fast time in this terrible wind . . . I’m so proud of my team.”
Majors led the Stallions to the first indoor track & field state championship by an area team in 11 years in February with her typically versatile slate of high finishes, and she said her body has held up well under the wear and tear of a long outdoor season. Now the personal records are starting to roll in with the state championships coming next week in Newport News.
“I feel stronger now that our workouts at practice aren’t as hard anymore,” Majors said. “I guess it’s like I feel like I’m starting to peak now. I didn’t get to peak during the season, so I get to peak during states, I guess. That’s what I’m hoping, so I’m really looking forward to that.”
Joining her with first-place finishes were younger sister EnNijah Majors in the 300 hurdles (46.00) and Morgan Knight in the 100 hurdles (15.11). Lake Braddock’s Hannah Christen and Katie Roche claimed titles in the 1,600 (4:54.77) and 800 (2:12.87), respectively.
Mount Vernon’s Michael Thomas Brown won the long jump (21-9.75) and took the 100 (11.05), while Oakton’s John Stoney won the 1,600 (4:17.68), and teammate Nestor Folta took the 300 hurdles (39.06). Kiley also won his solo 800 race (1:54.22) Friday.
The Osbourn Park girls (97 points) and Forest Park boys (116 points) won Northwest Region championships Friday at Lannigan Field in Charlottesville thanks to strong performances from their talented sprinters.
The 4x800 (9:24.62) and 4x100 relay teams (47.58) cruised to championships for Osbourn Park, who also received a first-place finish from Alexys Taylor in the 100 (11.92). The Yellow Jackets were followed by Woodbridge (84) and Forest Park (61).
Mustaqeem Williams took home titles in the triple jump (46-6.5), 100 (10.69) and 200 (21.41) for Forest Park, as did Ricky Morgan in the 400 (47.51). The Bruins’ 4x100 team ran a blistering 40.91 to also earn a championship. Osbourn Park (63) was runner-up in the boys’ team competition, followed by Woodbridge (46).