by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
Lancaster’s indoor track team capped its regular season by breaking four school records last weekend at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton.
“The team ended the regular season in spectacular fashion,” said LHS assistant coach James Timm.
The boys 2×800 meter relay team of Zach Kane, Marcus Keeve, Domonique Veney and De’Avion Harding ran an 8:53.49 race to shatter the old LHS record by nine seconds.
The 4×200 relay team of Keeve, Harding, Chris Dameron and Elijah Palmer also set a new school record with a time of 1:37.15. According to Timm, Lancaster’s 200-relay team should be one of the favorites at the upcoming Class 1/2 state meet February 20-21 at Roanoke College.
Freshman distance runner Hailey Smith set a new school record in the 1600, breaking her own record by shaving 15 seconds off of her previous best time. She ran the mile race in 5:35.77 and finished fourth.
Keeve set a new school record in the pole vault, clearing 10 feet.
Harding, running in his first 500 meter race, ran a 1:10.69 to pre-qualify for the state meet, adding to his and Lancaster’s long list of state qualifiers. Harding will compete at the state meet in five events including the 500 and 1000 meter races and as part of the 4×200, 4×400 and 4×800 relay teams.
The LHS girls and boys indoor track team will compete in the Region A meet Tuesday and Wednesday, February 12-13, at the Arthur Ashe Center in Richmond.