South County’s Felecia Majors dominates final AAA Virginia Northern Region indoor track championship
By Eric Detweiler,
After her final triple jump attempt at Saturday’s AAA Virginia Northern Region indoor track championship at George Mason University, South County senior Felecia Majors pulled on a hand-decorated lime green T-shirt and black spandex leggings and slipped off her silver spikes with pink laces to reveal equally pink socks.
With an ambitious schedule that included seven individual events, Majors enjoyed precious few moments of relaxation like this on a day that began with the high jump at 8:30 a.m. and finished more than eight hours later. But when it was over, the reigning All-Met Winter Track Athlete of the Year had put together the most comprehensive performance in meet history.
Majors won the 500 meters, 300 meters, long jump and pole vault and placed second in three events, scoring a meet-record 64 points for her team in the process. The Stallions (114 points) cruised to the girls’ team title, beating runner-up Lake Braddock by 38 points. Majors accumulated enough points to finish third in the team standings had she competed on her own.
“This year I’m more prepared than I’ve ever been,” said Majors, who earned silver in the high jump, triple jump and 55 meters. “I’m healthy, and nothing’s going to stop me now. I’m going for it.”
On the boys’ side, Westfield captured its second straight team title, edging Chantilly and Robinson. Senior Nathan Kiley helped lead the charge with a win in the 500 and a second-place finish in the 300, setting personal bests in both.
Meantime, Chantilly senior Sean McGorty and Lake Braddock senior Sophie Chase posted records at the meet, which will be altered for Virginia’s new reclassification rules set to take effect next year.
Neither Chase nor McGorty competed in their signature event, the 3,200 meters, but they still made history. Ten days after posting the nation’s top two-mile time at the Concorde District meet, McGorty coasted to victory in the 1,000 meters in 2 minutes 28.54 seconds to shave about a second off the previous record.
Chase established a mark in the 1,600 meters, posting 4:51.30 to break a record that had stood since 1998. A two-sport athlete in the winter, she planned to head across campus after the meet and compete in the Virginia AAA swimming and diving championships, where she qualified for the finals of the 100 breaststroke. It was the third straight year she’d done both.
“I’m not going to lie, it never gets easy, but I’m a lot more used to it now,” Chase said. “It definitely takes a toll on my body, physically and mentally, to be strong for both.”
Majors could relate after spending the day bouncing from one event to another. She came into the meet with realistic expectations to do even better, holding the top seed in six events. She also won all seven of her events at the Patriot District meet for the second straight year.
A year ago, Majors had similar plans but saw her meet cut short by an aching hamstring. She won three events, anyway.
This time, Majors had no such trouble, although she said she was hungry by the end after only finding time to snack on a few chips between events. Now Majors heads to next Saturday’s state meet in Hampton with plans to participate in all seven events again.
“This was a preview for next weekend,” Majors said. “Hopefully, I do a lot better at states than I did this weekend, even though it was pretty good. I’m glad they gave me a run for my money today.”