Woodbridge senior Chezaray Conley has found it difficult to stay idle since dislocating his shoulder last month during the high jump at the Virginia AAA Northwest Region indoor track championships.
Although he was not cleared to practice with the team until a week ago, Conley said he would wait at home while his teammates were training and then call them to find out what the workout was so he could do it on his own.
That determination seemed to pay off at Saturday's Brian Watkins I-95 Invitational at Potomac (Va.), where Conley paced the Vikings to the meet championship by winning the triple jump (43 feet 5 inches) and the 400-meter dash (51.41 seconds) and anchoring the victorious 4x400 (3:32.60).
"Being out was a real trying time for me, because I wanted to be doing more," Conley said. "I'm used to going to a meet and doing six events, so even yesterday, the fact that I could only do three was sort of upsetting."
The win in the 4x400 (David Krenik, Tim Stark and Brendan Hessing) was even more impressive considering Conley had never anchored before and Hessing was running his first 400 after replacing injured Daniel Simpkins.
Sherwood's Ryan Foster won the 1,600 (4:20.22) and 800 (1:59.38).
The 4x800 (Lindsey Denty, Amanda Wallace, Cherie Seise and Beth Fowler) was Woodbridge's lone event winner (9:58.71) in the girls' competition, but the Vikings still edged Gar-Field, 55-54, for the team title.
Fauquier sophomore Sarah Bowman won the high jump (5-5), the 1,600 (4:59.64) and the 800 (2:11.82).
Area coaches readily agree that early season races are not a true indication of a rowing team's prowess, but Gonzaga can still revel in the fact that they defeated National Capital Area champion St. Albans for only the second time in the past four years on Saturday.
The Eagles won the boys' varsity eight by one boat length at Saturday's Charlie Butt Regatta on the Potomac in Georgetown, with Whitman taking third. Gonzaga Coach Dave Foley noted how the boys' second team "is making the varsity better because they're pushing them" for spots on the boat.
"We have a lot of experienced kids that have had a fair amount of success," Foley said. "Being one of the top teams in the area is a goal of theirs."
Whitman won the girls' varsity eight event, toppling favorite and defending National Capital champion National Cathedral, which finished third. The biggest surprise was Bethesda Chevy-Chase's second-place finish, considering the Barons didn't even have a varsity eight boat last year. Wilson won the men's varsity four by five seconds over St. Albans.
DeMatha tennis coach Wesley Rolle faces a problem other coaches might envy.
His top three singles players are evenly skilled and gifted enough to be No. 1 singles candidates.
Sophomores Aaron Carr, Leon Vessels and Tsiamo Sibukque all argue they should be No. 1.
Carr and Vessels are undefeated in four singles and doubles matches, helping the Stags to a 4-0 start in the Washington Catholic Association Conference. Sibukque, who helped the squad capture the WCAC championship last season, will reclaim his third spot after the team returns from spring break next week.
With a week to consider his options, Rolle is forced to determine his roster soon because a WCAC rule stipulates that a player must play 50 percent of his matches at one position to be considered for seeding in the conference's season-ending tournament.
To decide who should hold the No.1 spot, Rolle organized a challenge match, with Carr and Vessels set to play a 10-game pro-set. Team matches delayed the playoff until last week when the two battled to 6-6 before rain stopped play. He isn't certain if the weather will allow them to finish.
"I know what they can do," he said. "The key for these guys is to settle down and think about the team."
Special correspondent Edward G. Robinson III contributed to this report