NEWPORT NEWS — Northern Virginia’s premier 3,200-relay teams more than lived up to the hype on the first day of the AAA state track & field championships.
The West Springfield girls shattered their own state meet record with a time of 9 minutes 6.07 seconds, and the Westfield boys (7:44.89) successfully defended their 2012 championship on a hot, muggy day at Todd Field in Newport News.
For the Spartans, Maddie Wittich, the lone senior, led off and freshman Reagan Bustamante beat her own personal record by nearly three seconds (2:14.7 split) to give the Spartans a wide lead that juniors Caroline Alcorta and Katie Kennedy made stand up over Douglas S. Freeman (9:10.47).
“[Reagan] has been a pretty big gift for us to be as good as she is — 2:14 exceeded my expectations,” Spartans Coach Chris Pellegrini said. “I thought they approached it as well as I could ever hope, and that’s in large part due to Maddie Wittich’s leadership.”
Wittich was a freshman on the 2010 4x800 relay team that set the last state mark (9:08.32).
“She gets to start and end her career with some symmetry,” Pellegrini said.
Max Chambers, Jeffrey Edmonson, Nathan Kiley and Nick O’Connell dominated for the Bulldogs, winning in 7:44.89. It was a state championship to cherish for Chambers, Edmondson and Kiley.
“The three of us being seniors, it was a huge cap off,” Kiley said. “We had some expectations to fulfill and we were able to do that. Everyone had to run really well to get a 7:44 in this weather. I’m really proud of my teammates, and I think we’re absolutely ecstatic about the time we were able to get.”
Chantilly (7:47.30) was second in the event; Osbourn Park took third (7:48.36).
Forest Park standout Mustaqeem Williams won the long jump with a leap of 24 feet 3.75 inches, the state’s best mark this year. He also qualified for the 100 (10.61) and 200 (21.47) championships Saturday with the best trial times of the day in both events. Teammate Ricky Morgan moved on in the 200 (21.72) and 400 (48.53), as did Joshua Washington (21.70 and 48.77).
The South County girls ended the day in first place with 16 points, all thanks to Felecia Majors, but the senior two-time indoor All-Met Athlete of the Year walked away with no gold medals Friday.
She qualified for Saturday’s finals in the 100 (11.92), 200 (24.75) and 400 (54.30), but settled for second in the long jump (19-4.5) behind Kennedy King of Phoebus (19-7) and in the pole vault (11-9) behind Patrick Henry’s champion Caroline Brailsford (12-3), both events where she came in as the top seed.
T.C. Williams freshman Noah Lyles advanced to the finals in the 100 (10.86) and 200 (21.57).
King’s Fork (16 points) led the boys’ standings after the first day, followed by Tallwood (15), Westfield (12) and Forest Park and Churchland (tied with 10).
Washington-Lee was second behind the South County girls with 14 points, eight thanks to runner-up discus thrower Elli Panagiotopolous (127-06).