Indoor track: Forest Park boys repeat as Va. state champ; West Springfield’s Alcorta stars

March 1

Even with its biggest standout hobbled, Forest Park’s boys’ indoor track and field team was deep enough to win a state title Saturday.

Mustaqeem Williams suffered a cramp that kept him out of one race, but Ricky Morgan and others stepped up as the Bruins easily took the Group 6A championship — their second straight state crown — at the Boo Williams Sportsplex.

Forest Park finished with 71.5 points. Grassfield finished second with 55 and Western Branch took third with 41.

“Lot of hard-working kids,” Bruins Coach Andy Tramel said.

Williams skipped the 300-meter dash. Earlier, the senior won the 55-meter dash in 6.27 seconds to add to his long jump and triple jump titles.

Morgan, also a senior, won the 500 (1 minute 5.28 seconds) and took second in the 300. He said the Bruins’ balance was key Saturday.

“We’ve got a good team,” he said. “Everyone pushes each other.”

Forest Park also pulled out a narrow win in the boys 4x200 relay, edging Western Branch by 0.19 seconds. The Bruins’ time was 1:31.67.

Gregory Smith ran the final leg for the Bruins.

“I felt him breathing on my neck,” Smith said of Western Branch’s anchor. “I knew I just had to go faster.”

On the 6A girls’ side, Western Branch rolled to the title by piling up 137 points. Lake Braddock finished second, 100 points behind. Robinson took third.

The Highland Springs boys and Atlee girls won the 5A team titles.

Individually, West Springfield senior Caroline Alcorta enjoyed a big day. The All-Met Cross-Country Athlete of the Year won 5A titles in the 1,600 and 3,200, setting facility records in both. Her 1,600 time was 4:52.16, her 3,200 time 10:24.07.

Alcorta’s goal was to win both. The records “were a big cherry on top,” she said.

In the boys’ 5A 3,200, Marshall senior MacKenzie Haight (9:16.62), a first-team cross-country All-Met this past fall, took first place in a close race over Edison senior Louis Colson (9:17.26), the All-Met Cross-Country Athlete of the Year. Haight’s time is the best in Virginia this season and ranks 17th in the nation.

Robinson senior Nathan Schulte won the tightest race of the day, beating Centreville senior Chase Heiner by 0.01 seconds in the 1,000 meters.

Down the stretch, Schulte’s only thoughts were “don’t let him beat you.”

“He’s a great competitor,” Schulte said. “He definitely pushed me today.”

Another Robinson senior, Macey Schweikert, set a facility record of 2:49.63 in winning the girls’ 1,000. She said she was surprised when she saw her time.

“I felt kind of slow,” she said. “When I saw that, I thought ‘Somebody pinch me.’ ”

Oakton’s John Stoney won the 1,600 with a 4:16.51. That bested Osbourn Park’s Nick Causey by about a second.

Woodbridge’s Jewel Christian won the 500 dash. T.C. Williams’ s Noah Lyles won the 300 dash and Herndon’s Andrew Goldman won the 3,200.

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