Track and field: T.C. Williams boys, South County girls win Virginia 6A North region titles

May 31

Osbourn Park senior Kiana Hairston has been tough to beat in the sprinting events all outdoor season.

On Friday at the 6A North region meet hosted by Robinson, Hairston once again proved why. Hairston won individual region titles in the 100-meter dash (12.12 seconds), the 200 (24.75) and the 400 (55.67), all relatively comfortably.

“She’s the queen of sprints,” Osbourn Park Coach Mike Feldman said.

Depending on what happens in other region meets across the state, Hairston’s 400 time could be good enough to become top three in the state and top 100 nationally by the end of the weekend.

As a team, the South County girls won the 6A North region meet with 94 points, beating Lake Braddock (82) and Robinson (56), to claim a second straight outdoor region title. On the boys’ side, T.C. Williams won in convincing fashion with 108 ½ points, with Lake Braddock (79) and South County (56) rounding out the top three.

The Stallions were paced by senior Morgan Knight, who won the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.53 and finished second in the 100 (12.49).

T.C. Williams sophomore Noah Lyles had another strong showing for the Titans, taking region wins in the 100 (10.85) and 200 (21.34).

Lyles’s brother, sophomore Josephus Lyles, finished second in the 200 with a time of 21.67. Josephus Lyles notched a win in the 400, running a 6A North region record time of 47.57. The previous record (47.99) was set by former T.C. Williams athlete Jesse Gipson in 1990.

Noah Lyles anchored the T.C. Williams 4x100 team (42.42), which includes seniors Rashawn Jackson, Tyrice Henry and Phaivanh Rattanaphone, to a first-place showing. He also finished second in the high jump (6 feet 4 inches) behind event winner West Springfield senior John Seals (6-6). The Titans’ 4x400 relay (sophomore Mahlique Booth, senior Malik Carney, junior Isaiah Clarke and senior Eshoka Conteh) won by running a 3:22.46.

West Springfield senior Caroline Alcorta decided to run in the region meet despite fighting off a mild illness, but showed few effects in her 1,600 race. Alcorta won with a meet record 4:44.82, breaking former Mount Vernon athlete Sharon O’Connor’s mark of 4:47.41 from 1999.

“She actually ran faster than I thought she would considering how I thought she felt,” West Springfield Coach Chris Pellegrini said.

Alcorta also ran the third leg of the 4x800 (with senior Jessica Settles, sophomore Reagan Bustamante and senior Katie Kennedy), which set a meet record with a time of 9:04.68. Washington-Lee’s 4x800 relay team of senior Sarah Sears, junior Kathryn Eng, senior Jordan Selby, senior Sarah Angell posted a 9:08.58 to also best the previous record held by Lake Braddock’s 2009 team (9:11.52).

Osbourn Park senior Nick Causey won the 1,600 by running a 4:13.81, edging Herndon sophomore Andrew Goldman (4:14.70) at the finish line. Causey also finished second in the 800 (1:55.66), with Robinson senior Nathan Schulte winning in 1:55.24.

Causey ran a 1:54.32 split as the anchor on the Osbourn Park 4x800 relay, which won with a blistering 7:49.93.

“He’s money on the back of that relay team,” Feldman said.

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