Six months after the death of one of the school's all-time greats, Osbourn Park paid tribute with the first Victor Cahoon Track Classic at the high school on Saturday.
The competitors did their part, too, displaying the kind of athleticism and sportsmanship that characterized the career of Cahoon, a football and track standout in the mid-1980s who went on to letter four years in football at Arizona State University. He died of a heart attack in December at the age of 35.
Fittingly, the most dominant performance of the day was turned in by Yellow Jackets' sophomore Devin Thompson, who in his short career has broken a few of Cahoon's school track records.
Thompson won the 100-meter dash (10.89 seconds), 200 (22.50) and high jump (6 feet 2 inches) and ran the anchor leg on Osbourn Park's winning 4x100 relay team (43.13 seconds). In the 200, he finished .05 second ahead of Hylton's Deon Butler, also the runner-up in the 100.
Thanks to Thompson, who helped account for 40 points, Osbourn Park scored 48 as a team, good for second place in the boys' team competition behind Lynchburg school E.C. Glass (58.5 points). The runner-up finish came as a surprise to Coach Mike Feldman, who as meet director was unable to keep an eye on his team's progress consistently.
"I looked at the meet results, and I went, 'Whoa, we finished second.' I had no idea," Feldman said. "It was a very nice surprise. We all know what Devin does on top, but it was a very good meet. I'm almost speechless."
Thompson was one of three Prince William athletes to win more than one individual event, joining Potomac junior Kharya Brown (100 and 200) and Forest Park sophomore Stefanie Slekis (800 and 1,500).
In both victories, Brown had teammates as challengers. In the 100, she won in 12.44 seconds, .12 second ahead of junior Candace Robinson (12.56). In the 200, Brown (24.99) and Panthers junior Fallon Hutchinson (26.19) finished first and third, respectively. Brown also finished fifth in the long jump and ran the anchor leg on the Panthers' 4x100 relay team that won in 48.35 seconds.
Westfield easily won the girls' team title with 86 points, but Brown's performance helped Potomac tie Virginia Beach school Salem for third with 49 points.
Slekis ran the 800 in 2:21.41, winning by nearly two seconds, but she was particularly pleased by her effort in the 1,500 (4 minutes 40.73 seconds), which she won by more than eight seconds.
"When you convert [the time] for a 1,600, it was really good," Slekis said. "I think it was a new personal record. The conversion is right around 5 flat, which has been my goal for the season, so I'm very excited. And I think 4:40 is national qualifying, so I'm excited."
Other Prince William winners included Gar-Field's Terry Jackson (400 in 50.57) and Forest Park's Cameron Perry (20-11.5 in the long jump) on the boys' side and the Brentsville girls' duo of Becky Stewart (3,200 in 11:21.62) and Jacqueline Bailey (100 hurdles in 14.86).