Lee senior Sean Holston ran like a thoroughbred and captured a sprinter's triple crown at the Virginia AAA Northern Region indoor track and field championships. Last year's All-Met athlete of the year swept the 55-, 300- and 500-meter titles.
According to several longtime coaches and observers of Northern Virginia track and field, Holston became the first male athlete to capture those three titles at the region championships in at least four decades.
"It hasn't happened in the last 30 years," said former Lake Braddock Coach Bob Digby, who coached the Bruins from 1985-2005 and was on hand to witness Holston's triple at George Mason University. "And back when I started coaching I think they used yards" to measure event distances.
Holston also became the first male athlete to simultaneously hold three Northern Region records. After setting marks in the 55 and the 300 at last year's race, he defended his titles in those events (6.5 seconds in the 55 and 34.75 seconds in the 300). In between, Holston won the 500 in a meet record 1:03.45.
"It feels pretty special," Holston said. "To have come this far in two years of training, it just enforces my faith in my training and in my coach."
Westfield won the boys' team title with 71.5 points. Langley (51) took second and South County was third with 42.
On the girls' side, Centreville (86 points) captured the region title, halting Lake Braddock's regional title run at four. West Potomac was second with 62.5 points while the Bruins finished third with 61.
Senior Kevin Dillard scored 29 of Westfield's points, winning the triple jump (45 feet 9 inches), placing second in the long jump, third in the 500 and fourth in the 300. Senior teammate Andrew Pittman was runner-up in the shot put for the second straight year. Langley senior Jordan Calderwood was a double winner, capturing the 55 hurdles and the high jump championships.
The boys' 3,200 was one of the afternoon's more gripping events, with West Springfield senior Mike Spooner holding off Washington-Lee senior Chris Tyson to win in a region record 9:13.21. Tyson passed Spooner with about five laps to go and looked like he would speed to the win, but Spooner unleashed a tremendous kick in the last 400 meters to take the race.
T.C. Williams's Tynita Butts recorded an impressive double in just her first indoor season. The sophomore set a personal record in the long jump to win that event with a leap of 19 feet, 0.75 inches. Later, she cleared 5-6 to win the high jump.
Spring in Her Step:Westfield senior Betsy Alter set a meet record in the pole vault after going 11 feet 1 inch. A two-sport athlete, Alter missed all of last indoor season after breaking her foot at her first gymnastics meet of the season.
Breakthrough: Lake Braddock senior Allison Jones's toss of 41-03 won her the shot put title over rival Samella Karoma of T.C. Williams. Karoma, who had beaten Jones in each of their meetings and had been undefeated this season, was second with a throw of 40-10.