Felecia Majors spends her weekends twisting and turning her body into all kinds of contortions. She shuttles between track and field events, coiling into a tight ball for one competition and straightening it for another. She bends low, she stretches high, she arches backward over a bar after bounding toward it.
The South County junior made all those moves and even some new ones at the Gojekian Twilight Classic on Friday, winning the 400-meter dash, pole vault, long jump and triple jump, all in meet-record fashion at the Woodbridge meet.
“I don’t know how I do everything,” Majors said. “It just all comes together somehow.”
Majors, the All-Met Athlete of the Year indoors, went 39 feet 1 inch on her very first jump in the triple jump, the top mark by a Virginia girl so far this season. She went 19-0 in the long jump and 12-0 in the pole vault and in both of those events she is the No. 2 ranked girl in the state.
She won the 400 by almost three full seconds in 57.64, but cold and tired legs kept her from coming close to matching her personal-best time.
Just for kicks, Majors tried throwing the shot put and running a leg on South County’s 4x800 relay. Her slim, 5-4 frame had never chucked a heavy object or run a distance race during competition before. She helped the Stallions place fourth in the relay; she took eighth in the shot put with 29-7.
“A 29? For my size?” Majors giggled. “I was impressed.”
Virginia AAA Northern Region coaches are also impressed. Majors, who scored 70 points by herself at the indoor Patriot District championships this past winter and picked up AAA state titles in the long jump and pole vault, is already one of the greatest pure track athletes the region has ever produced. Lake Braddock’s Mike Mangan, who has been coaching the Bruins for 12 years, says Alyssa Aiken, a 2000 Chantilly graduate, is the best of all time. But Majors, he says, isn’t far behind.
He should know. Lake Braddock and South County compete in the same district, so Mangan has spent sleepless hours trying to figure out how to neutralize Majors’ impact and outscore South County.
“You’re just cooked,” Mangan says. “There’s no defense for [her]. ‘Scary’ might not be the best word to describe the situation. It’s more like ‘resigned.’ You just hand [South County] her points and try to get them some place else.”
Majors is still raw in some ways, still learning her events. But she takes complex technical events, each requiring a different set of skills, and brings to all of them an intuitive approach. To her mind, having success in one feeds into the next.
“I feel like they all require the same skill,” Majors said. “If you have the speed and you know how to jump, it just gives you that oomph you need, that confidence.”