NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — If T.C. Williams sophomore Josephus Lyles was caught by any other sprinter in the 200-meter dash, he probably wouldn’t have worn such a big smile afterward. But there he was, grinning alongside his brother, sophomore Noah Lyles, moments after the two finished first and second in that race on Saturday at the Virginia 6A/5A championships inside Todd Stadium.
Josephus Lyles sprung out of the blocks for what he considered his best start of his season. Turning onto the straightaway, he held a lead before Noah Lyles came barreling down at the speed the state of Virginia has become accustomed to seeing.
Noah Lyles had just enough track in front of him to catch his brother and claim the 200 title in 21.20 seconds. Josephus Lyles set a personal best in second in 21.26.
“I knew he was going to get out because he’s always getting out,” Noah Lyles said. “I knew I had to go chase him. It took up too much energy.”
The Lyles brothers had quite the afternoon. Noah also took a gold medal in the 100 (10.52), and Josephus won the 400 with a personal best 47.27. The two also were on the winning 4x400 relay team (3 minutes 17.64 seconds), with Noah rallying his team for a win as the anchor.
The Lyles brothers helped lead the Titans to a Virginia 6A state championship with 72.5 points. In the 6A girls’ meet, South County claimed second place (45), and Osbourn Park (37) earned third. Western Branch won with 149 points.
The Stone Bridge boys placed fourth (38) in the Virginia 5A championship, which was won by Lee-Davis (60.5).
In contrast to his 200 run, Josephus Lyles’s 400 didn’t feature the quick start he hoped for. But he was able to make up enough ground quickly to take the final turn in first place.
“I was thinking about powering those last 200 meters,” he said. “I didn’t get out as fast as I usually do, but I started powering down.”
Osbourn Park senior Kiana Hairston won individual championships in the 100 (11.89), 200 (24.48) and 400 (55.48).
An even-keeled Hairston said she treated Saturday like it was any other meet, with the focus on recording personal bests in her races.
“The most difficult one for me is the 400 because it’s so long,” Hairston said. “At the end, it’s just who wants it more.”
The biggest upset came in the 6A boys’ 1,600, which was won by Robinson senior John Tolbert. Seeded fourth, Tolbert kicked fast around the final turn to pass Oakton senior John Stoney. Tolbert crossed the finish line in 4:12.07, with Stoney (4:14.01) and Osbourn Park senior Nick Causey (4:15.33) finishing behind him.
Other area winners included Stone Bridge senior D’Ante Yarborough, who claimed the 5A 110 hurdles (14.05), and senior teammate Tylon Lynch, who won the long jump with a leap of 22 feet 31 / 2 inches. Edison junior Nicie Jenell Grier-Spratley won the 5A high jump by clearing 5-8. Battlefield senior Galissia Cause followed Friday’s shot put title with one in the discus (138-0). Gar-Field senior Tyrone Robinson won the 6A pole vault, clearing 13-6. Edison senior Louis Colson won the 5A 3,200 with a time of 9:13.48, and Herndon senior Andrew Goldman took the 6A 3,200 in 9:12.58. Lee senior Bailey Kolonich won the 5A girls’ 3,200 in 11:04.41.
West Springfield senior Caroline Alcorta capped off her high school career by pacing herself to wins in the 1,600 (4:48.62) and 3,200 (10:42.36). Alcorta said she’ll run the 3,200 at the Brooks PR Invitational in Seattle on June 21 with the intent of going for the Virginia state record of 10:03.07, set by former Langley runner Erin Keogh in 1987. Alcorta’s best time this year is 10:12.57.
Though that’s still up ahead, Alcorta came to the realization she completed her West Springfield career.
“This is the last time I’ll ever wear a Spartans singlet,” she said. “It’s good to end on a high note, but at the same time it’s sad.”
At the Virginia 3A/4A championship in Harrisonburg, Loudoun Valley sophomore Andrew Hunter won both the 1,600 (4:10.04) and the 3,200 (9:28.49). Hunter also anchored the 4x800 to a third-place finish in 8:07. In the 1,600, Hunter and Blacksburg senior Kenneth Hagan ran side by side throughout, with the Vikings sophomore edging him at the finish line.
The Vikings also picked up second-place finishes from Ciara Donohue in the 3,200 (10:56.72) and Lexi Randall-Kelly in the 400 (57.59).