Breaking records and winning races at the Class 1 State Track and Field Championships

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Lancaster’s Hailey Smith leads the pack in the 800 meter run at last weekend’s Class 1 state championships. Smith set a new state record in the race and is the state champion in both the 800 and 1600 meters. She also ran a leg of the LHS state champion relay team. Photo by Latesha Scott

Lancaster High School may not have won the team titles at last weekend’s Virginia High School League Class 1 State Track and Field Championships in Harrisonburg, but the Red Devils still have lots to celebrate, including several individual champions, multiple season and personal best finishes, a few shattered school records and a new state record holder.

The LHS boys team scored 47 points to finish fourth among 33 scoring teams. The LHS girls team scored 37 to finish sixth among 33 scoring teams. There were athletes from 51 Class 1 schools competing in the two-day meet at James Madison University.

Patrick Henry won the boys meet with 107.5 points. Northumberland was the state runner-up with 63 points. Region A had a strong showing in the state and took three of the top five team spots with West Point finishing fifth with 44.5 points.

Auburn won the girls meet with 96.5 points, just 9.5 points better than runner-up Cumberland with 87. Lancaster had the best finish among Region A and Northern Neck District teams, placing sixth as a team with 37 points. Surry had the next best finish for Region A teams, placing 14th with 16 points. Northumberland’s girls tied for 18th place with 10 points. 

Girls meet

It was Hailey Smith’s last race of the day, her last race of the meet and her last race of her high school career. The LHS senior was the state favorite going into the 800-meter race at last week’s Class 1 state championships. She had won the state race as a freshman and sophomore. And last Saturday she threepeated in style, breaking the state record with….

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