Moments after a season-best effort in the shot put gave Westfield senior Louis Corum the Virginia AAA Northern Region title, he strolled over to the high jump pit and made his best high jump of the season to win a second region title.
The improbable double win by Corum, who also took third place in the discus and fourth in the triple jump, was a key part of the Westfield boys' regional championship victory last night at Lake Braddock High in Burke.
"In the shot put, you can't rush it," Corum said. "You can't rush it in the high jump either. Mentally you have to get focused [quickly], so it's tough."
The Bulldogs had 126 points, ahead of West Potomac's 83.
In the girls' team race, Lake Braddock used its usual prowess in the field events to build a big lead and sealed the win with a gutsy performance in the 3,200 meters by sophomore Erin Klein. The Bruins held off Westfield, winning 105 points to the Bulldogs' 88.
Klein finished second in the 3,200 (11 minutes 24.02 seconds) by holding off Washington-Lee senior Ellen Childress and Herndon senior Jessie Erickson, who both finished within two-tenths of a second of Klein. The performance by Klein gave the Bruins eight key points at the end of the day to clinch the team win.
Lake Braddock had a 25-point lead after Thursday's competition, which included preliminary races and some field events. The Bruins had 47 points at the end of the first day, including a 4x800 relay win in a meet- and school-record time of 9:18.00.
"This is what track and field as a team sport is all about," Bruins Coach Bob Digby said. "We got a lot of the nickel-and-dime points. . . . These girls are so close, they want to do whatever they can for the team."
One of the day's most competitive races was the girls' 800, in which the top seven runners were seeded within four seconds each other. As a large, tight pack stayed close together, heavy rain began to fall. Oakton junior Danielle Light, the sixth seed, outlasted the soaked pack to win in 2:14.44.
Hayfield's girls finished third with 72 points, but three of their standout athletes took home two championships each. Sophomore Nakeisha Wineglass won the 400 and triple jump, All-Met junior Melissa Dewey captured the 1,600 and 3,200, and junior Murielle Ahoure won the 100 and 200 meters.
Westfield's David Groff won the 800 (1:53) and ran a 1:55 split in the winning 4x800-meter relay (7:50.93). His 4x800 teammate, Chris Courson, won the 400 in 49.62 seconds. David Lewis won the pole vault (14 feet 6 inches), while Alvin Tondereau won the 110 hurdles (14.67) and his brother Philippe Tondereau took the 300 hurdles (38.43) for Westfield.
Other top performances among the boys came from West Potomac's Antwane Minter, who won the 100 and long jump, and Jefferson All-Met Christo Landry, who won the 1,600 in an area-best time of 4:11.25. Westfield's Karen Woolley won the girls' 100 and 300 hurdles.
Trio Helps Bruins Gain Title
Monica Wright, Beth Fahey and Stefanie Slekis won individual titles at the Virginia AAA Northwestern Region track and field championships, helping the Forest Park girls hold off Potomac (Va.) for the team title in Charlottesville.
Potomac dominated the sprint events, led by Kharya Brown, who won the long jump, the 100 and 200 meters and anchored her team's victorious 4x100 relay. But Forest Park had more depth, especially in the distance events, and was able to earn enough points in the final event, the 4x400 relay, to hold its two-point lead and emerge with a 79-72 edge over the Panthers.
On the boys' side, Colonial Forge senior Jerome Miller (high jump, long jump, triple jump) joined Brown as the only athlete to win more than two events, leading his team to second place with 87 points, just two points behind champion E.C. Glass of Lynchburg.
Hylton seniors Vincent Butler and Tyjuann Carroll swapped titles in the sprints, with Butler winning the 100 in 10.87 seconds, three-hundredths of a second ahead of Carroll, and Carroll winning the 200 in 22.05, one-hundredth of a second ahead of Butler. They also led the Bulldogs to victory in the 4x100 relay.
The 100 might have gone differently if the field had included Osbourn Park's Devin Thompson, an All-Met in the indoor season who finished first in the preliminaries. But Thompson pulled a hamstring near the end of his heat and was scratched from the rest of his events.
Eric Tate of third-place Brooke Point won both the 110 and 300 hurdles. Forest Park's Bryce Iverson set a meet record -- one of two set on the afternoon -- by winning the 3,200 in 9:17.