Atlee girls win track and field tourney
County track and field teams registered strong performances in the Milestat.com Elite Classic held Saturday at Sports Backers Stadium in Richmond.
The Atlee girls team won the team competition with 63 points, followed by Patrick Henry with 41. In the boys’ division, Lee-Davis and Atlee finished tied for second with 47 points behind champion Fork Union, who scored 59.
Patrick Henry had two double champions, as defending state shot put titlist Shania Williams won both the shot put, with a meet record throw of 42 feet, 8 3/4 inches, and the discus at 123 feet, 5 inches. On the track, junior Tiffany Harris swept both the 400 meters (56.41) and 200 meters (25.58). Atlee’s India Lowe, who placed third in the 200 and second in the 100-meter hurdles, captured the 300-meter hurdles title by a full second over her closest competitor in 45.56.
In boys action, Lee-Davis swept to victory in three short-track categories, with Lee Warren winning both the 110-meter hurdles (14.52) and 300-meter hurdles (39.80), each by a full second, while Haiden Lamb took the 100-meter dash crown clocking in at 11.12.
Patrick Henry next competes at the 50th annual Dogwood Track Classic in Charlottesville Friday and Saturday, a chance to face new Conference 16 foe Albemarle, while Lee-Davis, Atlee and Hanover will all compete at the Charles Gordon Invitational Saturday at Douglas Freeman High School.
Patrick Henry standout Jake Harris, who placed second overall at 182 pounds at the 5A North Region Tournament and third at the 5A State Championships, has committed to wrestle collegiately at Virginia Tech. Harris made his announcement Tuesday evening via Twitter.
The Hokies are two-time defending Atlantic Coast Conference champions.
Pitcher Jessica Holte, a 2013 Atlee graduate, continued her strong freshman college season for the University of Maryland-Baltimore County by tossing a no-hitter for the Retrievers Monday in a 10-0 win over Hartford, clinching UMBC’s first appearance in the America East Conference Championship.
Holte, who is 18-8 on the season, has been named AEC Pitcher of the Week three times and Rookie of the Week twice. After a weekend series against Albany, the Retrievers will prepare for the post-season tournament, which begins May 8.
Meanwhile, 2013 Patrick Henry graduate Hunter Glave has been named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Rookie of the Year after a powerful offensive season with the Randolph College Wildcats.
Glave, who was also named First-Team All-ODAC, finished fourth in batting with a .444 average, third in runs batted in with 43, fifth in slugging percentage at .714, and tied for third in hits with Randolph-Macon sophomore Scoop Simon with 59, helping the Wildcats win a school-record 27 victories.