Broad Run junior Jonathan Russell set a VHSL AA State Track and Field Championships record in the 300-meter hurdles June 4 at Harrisonburg High School. Russell’s time of 37.54 seconds eclipsed the previous mark of 37.74 set 30 years ago.—Times-Mirror Photo/Adam Goings
Broad Run High School junior Jonathan Russell led a group of Loudoun athletes who delivered elite performances at the VHSL Group AA State Track and Field Championships June 3-4 at Harrisonburg High School.
Russell helped the Spartan boys finish fifth in the team standings after winning both the 300-meter hurdles and the 100-meter dash at states.
Russell blazed through the 300 hurdles in a time of 37.54 seconds, setting a state meet record in the process. The previous mark of 37.74 seconds was set by Caroline High School’s Thomas Baker in 1981.
Russell won the 200 dash in 21.94 seconds, and also ran the final leg on the Spartans’ state-champion 1,600-meter relay team. Russell, along with Eric Hiatt, Zac Kish and Marcas Anderson won the race in 3:20.24.
Loudoun County High School enjoyed the top local team finish at states – placing second in the boys standings with 46 points. Louisa County won the boys title with 74.5 points.
The Raiders’ 3,200 relay team set a state meet record on their way to a first-place finish. Loudoun County’s foursome of Dejuan McConnell, Steven Graham, Tommy Curtin and Patrick Joseph completed the two-mile relay in 7:49.61, eclipsing the previous record set by Blacksburg last spring by nearly four seconds.
Graham also won an individual title, claiming the 400-meter dash crown in 49.55 seconds.
Potomac Falls totaled 25 points to place seventh on the boys side. Juan Campos (4:17.64) claimed state gold for the Panthers in the 800 run.
Woodgrove produced the top girls finish among Loudoun team, placing 11th with 22 points. Hidden Valley won the girls championship with 48 points.
Briar Woods placed 12th with 18 points, while Freedom (17 points) was 14th and Tuscarora 13 points) rounded out the top 20.
Audrey Houghton played a role in each of Woodgrove’s top state finishes. Houghton was second in the 800 run, and also ran a leg on the Wolverines’ second-place 3,200 relay team and third-place 1,600 relay squad.
Briar Woods was led by Shaquera Leach – who produced top five finishes in the 100, 200 and 400 dashes.
Toni Fletcher of Freedom and Amirah Al-Bayyinah of Tuscarora each placed in two jumping events. Fletcher was second in the long jump and sixth in the triple jump, while Al-Bayyinah was a runner-up in the triple jump and placed seventh in the long jump.
Stone Bridge senior Haley Springman capped off her stellar high school career by repeating as girls discus champion at the VHSL AAA state meet June 3-4 in Richmond.
Springman won the title with a top throw of 135 feet, 2 inches – nearly 10 feet further than her winning her throw of 2010.
The Bulldog girls placed 19th in the team standings thanks to Springman – who will continue her track and field career at the University of Pittsburgh.
Marcus Finney of Heritage produced the top local boys finish – placing third in the 110 hurdles in 14.24 seconds.
Loudoun Valley’s Kevin Wiley placed seventh in the shot put with a best throw of just more than 66 feet.
Below is a listing of all Loudoun athletes who placed at the Group AA or AAA state track and field meets.
Group AA Boys
-High Jump 2. Colin Gibson (LC) 6-5
-Shot Put 6. Eddie Barnes (BR) 51-8.25
-Discus 5. Eddie Barnes (BR) 146-6 7. Joe Thomas (PF) 136-4
-3,200 relay 1. Loudoun County (Dejuan McConnell, Steven Graham, Tommy Curtin, Patrick Joseph) 7:49.61 2. Potomac Falls (Grant Deker, Connor Wilson, Jordan Ferbrache, Juan Campos) 7:53.52 7. Broad Run (Andrew Hayden, Eric Hiatt, Matt McDevitt, Zac Kish) 8:02.42
-110 hurdles 6. Teddy Murphy (LC) 15.3
-1,600 run 1. Juan Campos (PF) 4:17.64 4. Connor Wilson (PF) 4:20.32 5. Patrick Joseph (LC) 4:20.52
-400 relay 7. Freedom (Derek Burns, Hakeem Britton, Joel Pugh, Myles Conley) 43.51
-400 dash 1. Steven Graham (LC) 49.55
-300 hurdles 1. Jonathan Russell (BR) 37.54 8. Teddy Murphy (LC) 40.35
-800 run 5. Patrick Joseph (LC) 1:57.05
-200 dash 1. Jonathan Russell (BR) 21.94
-3,200 run 8. Tommy Curtin (LC) 9:25.62
-1,600 relay 1. Broad Run (Eric Hiatt, Zac Kish, Marcas Anderson, Jonathan Russell) 3:20.24 4. Loudoun County (Dejuan McConnell, Adam Ferguson, Teddy Murphy, Steven Graham) 3:23.90
Group AA Girls
-Long Jump 2. Toni Fletcher (F) 17-11.25 7. Amirah Al-Bayinnah (T) 17-2.25
-Triple Jump 2. Amirah Al-Bayinnah (T) 36-8.75 6. Toni Fletcher (F) 36-2.5
-High Jump 6. Lori Kostka (T) 5-2
-3,200 relay 2. Woodgrove (Lydia Cromwell, Alexandra Juzbasich, Florence Thompson, Audrey Houghton) 9:28.36 6. Briar Woods (Melissa Rizor, Giana Leone, Madi Horner, Jackie Deffer) 9:39.38; 8. Potomac Falls (Jessica Lee, Rachel Hagen, Eileen Fauteux, Melissa Saunders) 9:52.50
-100 dash 5. Shaquera Leach (BW) 12.59
-400 relay 3. Freedom (Toni Fletcher, Lovepreet Sohal, Asia Brown, Amanda Salami) 49.52
-400 dash 3. Shaquera Leach (BW) 57.66 7. Sarah Weber (BR) 58.46
-300 hurdles 3. Kiya Day (D) 45.38 6. Eileen Fauteux (PF) 46.91
-800 run 2. Audrey Houghton (W) 2:15.61
-200 dash 4. Shaquera Leach (BW) 24.93
-1,600 relay 3. Woodgrove (Florence Thompson, Anna Harpster, Gaynor Houghton, Audrey Houghton) 4:00.80 7. Potomac Falls (Jessica Lee, Ashley Goodrick, Tori Daczkowski, Eileen Fauteux) 4:07.09
Group AAA Boys
-Shot Put 7. Kevin Wiley (LV) 66-0.5
-110 hurdles 3. Marcus Finney (H) 14.24
Group AAA Girls
-Discus 1. Haley Springman (SB) 135-2