South Lakes' girls squad, which had only three state participants, surprised the rest of the field and edged out Lake Braddock, 38-36, to win the Virginia AAA state indoor track and field meet yesterday at George Mason University.
Lake Braddock's boys erased a 12-point deficit in the final two events to slip past Kempsville of Virginia Beach for the title, 70-64.
South Lakes was led by Anne Evans, who as expected won the 1,600-meter run, in 5:02.6, and the 3,200 meters, in 11:00.52. Teammate Kendyl Baugh successfully defended her 300-meter dash title with a time of 40.53 but did not repeat in the 500. Nene Hosby of Stonewall Jackson-Manassas, which placed third in the team standings with 32 points, beat Baugh by 1.68 seconds, in 1:15.05.
But the Seahawks' three first-place finishes and one second held up against defending champion Lake Braddock, which had 19 state meet qualifiers. The Bruins managed only one fifth place (worth two points) in the three long-distance events, which had been their strength coming in.
After Evans' triumph in the 3,200, Lake Braddock needed a fourth place in the last event, the 1,600 relay, to salvage at least a tie with South Lakes. The Bruins' time of 4:08.63 placed fifth.
Kempsville took a big lead early as Larry Moore won four events, including a record-setting 50-foot-9 triple jump. But Lake Braddock began chipping away and closed the gap when David Smith (4:19.61) and Brad Baker (4:21.32) ran one-two in the 1,600 meters.
Smith and Vince Hancock of the Bruins finished second (9:34.9) and fourth (9:47.87) in the 3,200, tying Kempsville with one event left. The Bruins then placed third in the 1,600-meter relay with a time of 3:25.6. Kempsville's relay unit missed finishing among the first six.
E.C. Glass of Lynchburg ended third with 34 points and Mount Vernon was fourth with 16.
Other winners from the area included Tanya Galloway-White of T.C. Williams in girls shot put (42-11 3/4), Skye Eddy of Herndon in the girls 1,000-meter run (3:02.35) and Doug Richards of Madison in the pole vault (13-9).