HAMPTON, Va. — South County junior Felecia Majors won the pole vault at the Virginia AAA indoor track and field championships Friday, becoming the first state champion in any sport from the seven-year-old Lorton school.
“I just made history,” Majors squeaked.
Majors first made history last week when she became the first girl from the Northern Region to clear 12 feet. She went a personal-best 12 feet 1 inch to lock up the region title.
She bent the pole 12 feet on Friday. Majors entered at 10-6, when 23 of the 26 girls were already eliminated, and in short order flew right by the remaining two at Boo Williams Sportsplex.
It was a stark difference from where she started as a freshman, when her coaches thought she was hopeless away from the track. “They didn’t want me doing any field events. They were like ‘You [stink]. Get out of here,’ ” Majors laughed.
But that spring she learned to carry the pole properly and she started taking off.
Majors was the only local individual champion on the first day of the two-day meet, but several other area athletes found their places on the podium.
Langley’s Logan Besougloff was the silver medalist in the boys’ pole vault. The 5-7 junior didn’t even qualify for last year’s state meet, but punched his way through the lower heights before topping out at 14-6.
Kellam’s Brad Johnson was the winner at 15-3.
Robinson senior Chioma Onyekwere was second in the shot put. The Maryland signee still had stitches in her left wrist after accidentally cutting it on glass last week, but the right-hander pushed the shot 41-7.25. Kiara Howell of Grassfield won with a 46-1.25.
The girls’ triple jump came to a dramatic conclusion. Edison’s Anna Williams took the lead with a personal-best 39-4.5 on her second attempt, but Shakeela Saunders of Nansemond River went by her in the final round with 40-3.50.
Herndon senior Carina Peter was the last jumper and had a chance to win it. She didn’t beat Saunders, but went a personal-best 39-7.75 to slide into second place.
The boys from Westfield beat Oakton to the line in the 4x800 relay. Max Chambers, Jeff Edmondson, Nathan Kiley and Tyrone Walker brought the baton around in 7 minutes 53.75 seconds.
The Cougars were right behind, running a school-record 7:54.51.
West Potomac placed second behind Cosby in the girls’ 4x800 in 9:19.37.
Forest Park sophomore Mustaqeem Williams will take the fastest qualifying time in the 55 meters into Saturday’s final. He froze the clock in 6.37 seconds.