Moments after winning the 200 meters and about an hour after winning the 300 intermediate hurdles, C.H. Flowers junior Brett Brown was tired, but not exhausted enough to keep him from laughing and joking with a teammate.
For Brown and the Jaguars, who won the Maryland 4A/3A indoor championships in February, the new outdoor track and field season started just as the winter season had left off -- with a successful day at the Northern Virginia Invitational at Oakton High.
"When we're in full form, we definitely think we're going to do just as good a job as we did indoors," Brown said. "We're definitely thinking we can repeat outdoors."
Brown, who was the area's best 55-meter hurdler during the winter, was one of the top performers at the meet, held over two days in Vienna. The original field of 45 teams and 2,000 athletes was significantly thinned for most of yesterday after a dreary morning. The meet was delayed during the morning because of lightning, and it was still pouring when the meet resumed an hour later.
Before the rain, Hayfield junior Nakeisha Wineglass had another sizzling performance, breaking two meet records as she won the girls' long and triple jumps. She captured the long jump on Friday night with a leap of 17 feet 5 inches, and followed yesterday morning with a triple jump of 38-9 1/2. At the Virginia AAA indoor championships last month, Wineglass set a personal best by two feet to win the triple jump title, and she followed with an all-American performance in the triple jump at the Nike Indoor Nationals.
Chantilly senior Matthew Dobson was also a double winner yesterday, capturing the boys' discus and shot put titles. Dobson set a personal best in the shot put on Friday night (51-5), and then yesterday, in the pouring rain, he won the discus with a throw of 145-5.
A week ago in the first meet of the season, Dobson set a school record of 157-6 in the discus. Dobson is a three-sport standout for Chantilly, also playing football and wrestling. Dobson, who was a region finalist wrestler as a junior and expects to walk on to the football team at West Virginia next year, tore his meniscus early last winter and missed most of the wrestling season.
Eleanor Roosevelt junior Mikias Gelagle, an All-Met in cross-country, finished second in two events, the 3,200 (9 minutes 35.62 seconds) and the 1,600 (4:27). In the 1,600, Gelagle, who normally favors longer races, displayed some strength and speed by nearly pulling out a comeback win.
"That's something I like to do, having a kick at the end," Gelagle said. "I really like the challenge of the distance races, you have to do some thinking, it's real tactical."
Team scores were not kept at the meet.