HAMPTON, Va. — When a second concussion in six months put her basketball career in jeopardy last February, Battlefield junior Galissia Cause couldn’t imagine leaving the sport or her Bobcat teammates behind. Hoping to stay a part of the tight-knit squad, the former reserve forward arranged with Coach Eric McCaslin to serve as a manager this season.
While Cause longed to join her teammates on the court, she found a natural outlet for her competitive side, too. A thrower during the spring season, she joined the indoor track and field team for the first time, squeezing responsibilities for basketball and track into her busy schedule.
“I have a nice little routine,” said Cause, who suffered her second concussion last year trying to draw a charge. “I’m out in the cold working hard [at track practice], and then I go inside where it’s warm and run the clock or whatever they need me to do.”
On Friday, Cause showcased the benefits of an extra season’s worth of throwing practice, winning the shot put title at the Virginia AAA indoor track and field championships.
The No. 2 seed coming in, she notched a season-best heave of 42 feet 0.75 of an inch on her first attempt at the Boo Williams Sportsplex, and it proved to be the longest of the competition.
Cause, South County senior Felecia Majors (pole vault) and Edison senior Anna Williams (triple jump) were the individual winners from the area on the opening day of the meet.
Majors, who set a Northern Region meet record with 64 individual points last Saturday, captured the pole vault at the state meet for the second straight year.
Majors and Patrick Henry’s Caroline Brailsford both topped out at 12 feet, and the reigning All-Met girls’ Athlete of the Year won based on fewer total misses. She was also second in the triple jump and fourth in the high jump and plans to compete in three individual events and one relay on Saturday.
Williams posted five jumps on Friday that were longer than Majors’s best. Afterward, she lamented a foul on her last jump, which likely would have been a career best if her footwork was a fraction more accurate.
“I remember how it felt last year to mess up at the end,” Williams said. “I had to keep that out of the picture this time.”
On the boys’ side, Forest Park junior All-Met Mustaqeem Williams nearly grabbed the triple jump title, soaring 49-1.75 on his final attempt, which bettered his seed mark by nearly four feet. He had to settle for the silver when Woodside senior Aaron Worrell posted a leap of 49-7.5.
Langley senior Robert Yu was the runner-up in the pole vault, clearing 14-9.
In the boys’ 3,200-meter relay, Chantilly pulled away from the pack to finish in 7:52.99 ahead of Westfield thanks to strong closing legs from All-Mets Sean McGorty and Logan Miller.
Anchored by All-Met Sophie Chase, Lake Braddock led a Northern Region sweep of the top three places in the girls’ race in 9:11.35 followed by West Springfield and Oakton.