HAMPTON, Va. — The lifeless environment of the Boo Williams Sportsplex on Friday morning was mirroring Mustaqeem Williams’s performance in the triple jump.
After Tallwood’s Steven Dunbar took the lead atop the standings, Williams injected some energy by starting a slow-clap.
It resulted in a five-second rush of noise, and the Forest Park senior posting a distance of 47 feet 3.5 inches. While it was far from his personal best, the mark was still enough to win the event at the Virginia 6A and 5A indoor track and field championships.
“I’m kind of disappointed in the jump,” Williams said. “But a win is a win. I got 10 points. That’s 10 points for my team, and that’s one step closer to the trophy.”
With the win, Williams swept the horizontal jumps at the 6A meet. The Florida State-bound standout improved his national-best high school mark in winning the long jump on Thursday.
Normally, Williams’s accomplishments here would be the talk of the venue, but the first year of the Virginia High School League’s reclassification has brought small crowds and low energy.
“It takes a lot of focus and a lot of momentum to actually get your body, to get everything going,” Williams said. “For me, it did feel dead. But I think the only thing that got me hyped was my opponent that jumped the same thing as I did, and that motivated me to push a little harder.”
Williams’s Bruins will go for a second straight state title when the meet concludes Saturday.
In other events, Osbourn Park’s 4x800-meter relay team of Kyle Weinberg, Matt Luiggi, Jacob Black and Nick Causey won by more than five seconds ahead of second-place Oakton.
West Springfield won the girls’ 4x800-meter relay behind Kiera Bothwell, Reagan Bustamante, Caroline Alcorta and Katie Kennedy. Oakton took third, and Washington-Lee finished fourth.
Lake Braddock’s Rachael Fasana and Maggie Ruud were second and sixth in the pole vault, respectively, while South County’s Morgan Knight earned fifth. West Springfield’s John Seals took third in the high jump.
Other top locals on Friday included Hylton’s Brittany Nguetta (fourth in high jump); Forest Park’s Brandon Daley (fifth in high jump); Robinson’s Uloma Nwaolu (fourth in triple jump, sixth in high jump) and Azunna Nwaolu (fifth in triple jump); Lake Braddock’s Skyla Davidson (fifth in triple jump) and South County’s Kevin Hires (fourth in triple jump).