Early in March, Hayfield junior Nakeisha Wineglass was struggling just to finish in the top eight in the triple jump at the Virginia AAA indoor track and field championships. But since adjusting her technique after the preliminaries and then beating her personal best by two feet to win the state title, Wineglass has ridden a continuing wave of success.
At the Allen Johnson Invitational yesterday in Burke, Wineglass won again, making a jump of 38 feet 7 1/2 inches. Since winning the state title on March 5, Wineglass has won the triple jump at every meet she has competed in except the Nike Indoor Nationals, when she finished third and earned all-America honors.
Hayfield's Christopher Richardson leaves the competition behind, winning the 400 meters in 49.72 seconds.
(Joel Richardson -- The Washington Post)
She also finished third in the 400 meters (58.42 seconds) and the long jump (16-4) yesterday.
"It's overwhelming," Wineglass said. "It's been kind of nerve-wracking. I'm still trying to get my technique down and get to 40 [feet]. It's been quite an honor. I can tell that people are looking up to me now, so I'm trying to keep getting better."
The meet brought nearly 40 teams to Lake Braddock, most of them from Virginia. After a warm and partly sunny start to the day, about an hour of the meet was held under torrential rains before lightning arrived and delayed the meet for close to two hours. Lake Braddock won the team title -- which combined boys' and girls' scores -- with 143 points, followed by West Potomac with 128.75.
Before and after the rains, Herndon sophomore All-Met Abe Dagnachew put on two of the area's best performances so far this spring in distance events, capturing the 800 and 1,600. In the last 500 meters of the 1,600, Dagnachew grabbed the lead from another All-Met, Chantilly junior Brad Siragusa, and crossed the line in 4 minutes 18.35 seconds. More than five hours later, Dagnachew blew past the competition to win the 800, cruising to the finish line in 1:56.38.
In the indoor season, Dagnachew was the state champion in the 1,000 and the anchor of the state champion 4x800 relay team. He will be part of the Hornets' distance medley relay that will run at Penn Relays on Friday night.
"He's been really working hard in practice, and you can see that's really starting to pay off," Herndon Coach Adam Seavey said. "You can see he's really starting to gain confidence, that he's really starting to feel comfortable outdoors."
Before the delay, Lake Braddock senior All-Met Ashley Haislip completed a double victory with a high jump of 5-7. Haislip already had won the pole vault with a mark of 10-3. Other strong girls' performances included Lake Braddock senior All-Met Kelsey Snowden's win in the 800 (2:17) and Potomac (Va.) senior Fallon Hutcherson's victory in the 100 (12.26 seconds).
Lake Braddock senior David Jones broke the meet record in the high jump, clearing 6-6 1/4, a quarter-inch better than the old mark. Hayfield junior All-Met Christopher Richardson won the 400 in 49.72 seconds, and Lake Braddock senior Jon Cowden was the discus champ (158-4).