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State Indoor Track and Field Championships

posted Feb 26, 2019, 5:27 AM by Steven Shultz   [ updated Feb 26, 2019, 5:28 AM ]
From Track Coach Nanette Solomon-Gaines:

This past weekend, we competed at the VHSL 5A State Indoor Track and Field Championships.

The coaching staff is proud to announce the following State Champions:
Jahnelle Saunders (soph) High Jump / 5-6 / Tied Meet Record / Broke School Record / Currently 4th best jump in VA
Jalani Davis (senior) / Shot Put / 42-09.5 / Set New Meet Record / Currently VA #1
Edward Richardson (senior) / 300m / 34.31 / Set New Record / Currently VA #1
Edward Richardson (senior) / 500m / 1:04.13 / Set New Meet Record / Currently VA #1
Johnathan Mitchell Jr (senior), Jordan Ross (senior), Jaden Mitchell (junior), Edward Richardson / 4x400 / 3:22.88 / Set New Meet Record / Currently VA #3

Other notable performances/All-State Team:
Johnathan Mitchell Jr (senior) / 300m/ 34.75 / place 2nd / Currently VA #4
Eleyah Armstrong (soph) / 55m / 7.14 / placed 4th / Currently ranked VA #11
Akel Swinton (junior), Aalik Jones-Browning (junior), Jaden Mitchel (junior), Jordan Ross (senior) / 4x800 / 8:11.76 / placed 4th / broke school record / Currently VA #15
Eleyah Armstrong (soph), Latia Moore (soph), Ja'celyn Barnett (senior), Else Richardson-Garris (senior) / 4x200 / 1:44.14 / placed 4th / Currently VA #10
Jahnelle Saunders (soph) / 55m hurdles / 8.39 (8.29 PR)/ placed 5th / Currently ranked VA #14
Eleyah Armstrong (soph) / Long Jump / 17-07.5 / placed 6th
Antonio Howard (senior) / Long Jump / 21-06.25 / placed 7th 
Jordan Ross (senior) / 500m / 1:07.53 / placed 7th

Honorable Mention:
Jahnelle Saunders (soph) / Long Jump / 17-06.00 (18-06 PR)/ placed 9th / Currently ranked VA #5
Nia Brown (soph) / Shot Put / 35-10.75 / placed 9th
Akel Swinton (junior) / 1600m / 4:37.55 / placed 11th
Akel Swinton (junior) / 3200m / 10:04.18 / placed 12th
Latia Moore (soph) / 300m / 41.76 / placed 14th
Latarsha Moore (soph) / Shot Put / 30-02 (33-02 PR) / placed 16th
Ja'celyn Barnett (sen) / 300m / 42.10 / placed 17th

Not only did Edward Richardson defend his state title in the 300m for three years in a row, he also made history by being only one of two males in US history to defend a state title in the same event (500m) 4 years in a row!  He has also anchored Bethel's state winning 4x400 since his freshman year!  As a result, he is currently nominated as the Nation's Performer of the Week!  Please vote for our own Edward Richardson here!

EJ and 10 other teammates will travel to New York March 8-10th to compete at New Balance Nationals!  When you see these amazing athletes, please congratulate them and wish them luck.