South County’s girls’ 4x200 relay team hasn’t had much experience running together. With two transfers, one of whom enrolled last month, the group has had to come together quickly.
But at the VHSL 6A North region meet at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, the squad captured a region title with a time of 1 minute 44.42 seconds.
The time from the all-senior relay team of EnNijah Majors, Maryn Wood, Kerisha Goode and Morgan Knight is the second fastest in Virginia this season.
Goode transferred to South County from Hayfield, bolstering the relay’s third leg. She also won the 55-meter dash, clocking in at 7.19.
“Becoming more consistent has been a big thing since coming here,” Goode said. “It’s like a family here. We’re all working toward the same goal. We all want the same thing.”
Wood just arrived at South County from Centreville in January. She competed with the 4x200 relay team for the first time at the region meet.
The girls all said it was tough to get the chemistry between them down initially. But even with so many snow days getting in the way of practice time, they said it has all come together in recent weeks.
“For me being new, just coming onto the team, it was cool to be a part of this,” Wood said.
Knight anchored the win, with Westfield’s 4x200 team coming in second at 1:45.27. Knight also scored a win in the 55 hurdles with a personal best time of 8.20, a mark that is second in the state and tops in the area this season.
“I didn’t think I ran as fast as I did,” White said. “I was really surprised. I was happy with my results for my team.”
As a team, South County’s 69 points placed it second behind Lake Braddock’s 82 in the girls’ team event. Robinson placed third with 65.
After setting a Millrose Games record in the high school mile on Saturday (4:46.06), West Springfield senior Caroline Alcorta won the 3,200 in 10:22.29, a time that ranks among the top five in the country.
On the boys’ side, Chantilly won a close region title with 56 points, beating T.C. Williams (55) and Robinson (54).
The Chargers got a close first-place finish in the 55-meter hurdles from junior Peyton McClintock, whose 7.87 just beat West Springfield senior John Seals’s 7.89.
“It’s been a long season,” McClintock said. “I’ve been doing track since the other kids were doing cross-country back in August. I was making hurdles out of PVC [pipe] because we weren’t allowed to use the school equipment yet. It’s stuff like that that really gets you to this point.”