Track & Field Excels at Hanover County Quad
By Andrew Stoddard, Photos by Tim Crytser
On a seasonably nice day at Mechanicsville High, the Hanover High School track & field team put out an outstanding team performance and great individual efforts against their county rivals from Atlee, Mechanicsville, and Patrick Henry.
For the girls’ team, senior Khia Holloway and junior Rachael Turner both set school records. Holloway broke the record time in the girls’ 55 meter dash with a time of 7.54 seconds, one-tenth of a second better than the previous school record held by Sophie Kinney (Class of 2017). Holloway won the girls 55 meter dash event with that effort. Turner, meanwhile, broke her own school record in the girls’ shot put with a throw of 36 feet and four inches to win the shot put event in convincing fashion. Other event winners on the girls’ side included:
- Khia Holloway (Girls 300)
- Jaelynn Joiner (Girls 500 and Girls Long Jump)
- Alli Crytser (Girls 1600)
- Ella Bakeman (Girls 55 Hurdles)
- Emma Sell (Girls Triple Jump)
- Girls 4 X 800 Meter Relay (Team of Sibyl Harrell, Nicole Smith, Meredith Soiland, and Mckenzie Parrish)
The girl team’s collective effort was good for second in the meet with 79 points, just four points behind Atlee.
As for the boys’ side, the unquestioned highlight of the meet belonged to junior Ethan Coleman, who broke the school record in the boys’ 500 meter dashwith a time of 1:07.14 on a dramatic last-second lunge to the line, beating out Patrick Henry’s Alex Davis for the victory. Coleman’s time edged out the previous school record of 1:07.21 set by Joel Bowers (Class of 2019). Other event winners for the boys included:
- Daniel Huggins (Boys 300, Boys Long Jump, and Boys Triple Jump)
- Deonte Harris (Boys High Jump)
- Boys 4 X 800 Meter Relay (Team of Tristin Lemens, Anthony Rice, Andrew Bledsoe, and Nathaniel Whitsel)
On the strength of a great day in the field events, the boys’ team won the meet with a score of 63 points, beating out second place Atlee’s 55 points. In the combined team totals, the Hawks won the meet with a grand total of 142 points, four points ahead of second place Atlee. Great job Hawks!
The indoor track and field team embarks on their postseason with a trip to the Region 4B Championships, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, February 13 at Louisa County High School.