Lancaster indoor track team places third in state meet, tops in Class 1

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

The Lancaster High School indoor track team competed last week at the Class 1/2 combined meet in Lynchburg, where the boys team finished third in the state. The LHS boys and girls state competitors from left are (front row) coach James Timm, Matthew Kane, Josh Woolard, Creston Saunders, Jeremia Laws, Grace Lawrence, Danyiah Cofield, Sarah McGee, Ayla Saunders, Marley Bean, Kiera Coleman and coach Draper Washington; (next row) Porter Pittman, Brady Vanlandingham, coach Markus Ferguson, Traniell Kelley, Reece Rhodes, Kenneth Owens, Xavier Gaddy, Trajan Waddy, Branndonn Wade, Isaiah Minter and Allison Foulkes. Photo by Robyn Saunders

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Had the Virginia High School League’s indoor track meet March 1-2 been a Class 1-only event, the Lancaster High School boys team would have brought home the state crown. Instead, the LHS boys had four state runners-up to place third out of 39 scoring teams at the VHSL Class 1/2 Combined Indoor State Championships at Liberty University in Lynchburg.

The Red Devils scored five points less than runner-up Bruton and 14 less than state champion Glenvar, both Class 2 schools. Glenvar won the team title with 58 points and Bruton had 49 as the second place team. Lancaster had the highest finish among Class 1 schools with 44 points for third place.

“There were 56 teams [represented] and 50% were 2A schools,” said LHS assistant coach James Timm. “We were third and beat only by bigger schools. Lancaster competes no matter the obstacles.”

Along with a pretty impressive team finish, the Devils also broke four indoor school records, two in individual events and two for relays.

“The kids competed really well,” said coach Draper Washington. “If we had just scored points in every event we were in, we would have won. Fifteen points is nothing [in track]. It’s scoring here or scoring there.

“What this does is sets us up in a good position for outdoor track. I’m really excited,” added Washington, who begins outdoor track practice this week….

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