The Westfield boys’ track and field team needed all of Devon Burns’ leaping acumen to leave the Nike Spring Invitational with a first-place showing Saturday.
Burns earned 23 points alone for the victorious Bulldogs (77.5 points), winning the triple jump (42-8.5), earning a runner-up finish in the long jump (21-2) and taking third place in the high jump (6-02) at South Lakes.
On the girls’ side, Robinson (101) finished ahead of West Springfield (91) and South Lakes (65) to win the overall meet.
“He’s really most pleased with his triple jump performances because he didn’t have a lot of experience with that in the past,” Westfield coach Kelly Deegan said.
The West Springfield boys were right on Westfield’s trail with 71.5 points, making Burns the man of the day. As the weather has improved over the course of the spring, so too has Burns’ confidence in his abilities, Deegan said.
“He’s just really talented,” Deegan said. “He’s got a lot of speed and a lot of spring, so those two combined work very well for track.”
Westfield’s 4x400 team (3:23.88) also took first place and set a new meet record.
John Seals had a huge individual effort for the runner-up Spartans, earning 26 points by winning the 300 hurdles (39.77), the high jump (6-04), and taking third in the 110 hurdles (15.44), right behind teammate Kyong Lee (15.31).
Robinson (69) took third overall, led by Ayo Raymond’s new meet record in the 100-meter dash (10.86).
Robinson’s Kacey Wheeler won the 100 (12.54), placed second in the 200 (26.64) and took third in the 400 (58.75), while Delaney Wickman of the host Seahawks won the latter two events with a 26.34 and 56.78, respectively. Battlefield freshman Kyla Carte also set a ninth-grade meet record in the 800 (2:21.55).
Lake Braddock’s Rachel Fasana broke a meet record in the pole vault (11-07), as did Edison’s Nicie Grier-Spratley in the high jump (5-04). Battlefield’s Galissia Cause, who won the shot put at the Virginia AAA indoor track and field championships in February, set a meet record in the shot put (41-10.75) and discus throw (131-10).
Wise and Elizabeth Seton had a host of first-place showings at the Mullins-Russell Invitational over the weekend at H.D. Woodson.
The Wise girls won in the 4x100 (48.67), distance medley (14:01.57) and the shot put (Nicovia Carter, 35-07) , while the boys had first-place finishers represented in the 100 (Joel Thomas, 11.18), long jump (Thomas, 20-06), 3,200 (Jason Coleman, 11:40.26), 110 hurdles (Paris Vaughn, 15.09), triple jump (Kenneth Scott-Kelow, 43-11), the 4x400 (3:27.34) and the 4x100 (42.94).
Elizabeth Seton almost did the Puma girls one better.
The Roadrunners took first place in a host of events, including Javonne Antione in the triple jump (39-0) and long jump (17-3), Chelsea Taylor in the high jump (4-10), Jourdyn Beverly in the discus (110-6.5) and the 4x200 (1:43.50).