TOP 5 TEAMS IN SOUTH HAMPTON ROADS
1. Western Branch
The Bruins are deep, talented and loaded.
The Grizzlies will go as far as Grant Holloway can take them.
The Greyhounds want another shot at the Group 4A state indoor title.
The Eagles have distance runners, sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers to be competitive.
The Chiefs will be strong in the sprints and field events.
AROUND THE TRACK
In Virginia Beach …
Ocean Lakes is led by distance runners Calhoun Stirling and Ryan Schleicher. John Moomaw and Erik Cary will help in the pole vault. The Dolphins could get a boost in the sprints when the football season ends. … First Colonial will be strong in the triple jump with four jumpers over who can soar 43 feet. The Patriots also have plenty of speed led by Deshawn Cookson, Jamaal Lopes and Sean Williams. Also watch for Dominic Floyd in the shot put. … Cox is led by distance runner Jonathan Lomogda, who finished third at the Group 6A state cross country meet. Teammate David Scherrer, who was all-region, also will help. Sprinter Bradley Jones will be strong in the 300 and 500 meters. … Kellam is led by distance runner Ryan Drew, who placed fourth in the Group 5A state cross country state meet, and sprinter Alex Darden, who was all-state in the 300 at Group 5A state indoor meet. … Princess Anne is led by Harrison Martingayle, who earned all-state honors at the Group 5A state cross country meet. … Kempsville welcomes back sprinter Devonte Doyle, jumper Melvin Whitehurst and pole vaulters Babadamilo Alao and Josh Green. … Bayside features by all-state sprinter Tayvon Burris – fourth in the 500 meters at Group 6A state indoor meet.
In Chesapeake …
Western Branch has tremendous depth in all events. Senior Tyson Robinson will compete in the 500 and 1,000 meters. Seniors Stephan Arjoon and Nate Smith will help in the hurdles and Smith and Miciaih Harris will carry the sprinters. Also watch for Josh Culbertson in the shot put. … Hickorycoach Patrick Troia is excited about the upcoming season. “We have great numbers and solid depth at most events,” he said. The Hawks will be strong in the field events with Mark Miller (pole vault), Richard Burney (shot put), Troy Miller (shot put) and Tommaso Giardina (jumps). Johnny Middlebrooks will help in the sprints and relays. … Oscar Smith is led by jumper Bradley Jones, who was all-state in the high jump and also competes in the triple jump. Sprinters Alfred Shirley and Alex Thompson were state qualifiers last season and will help in the relays. … Grassfield is led by multi-event specialist Grant Holloway. Last season, he won the high jump and 55 hurdles, was third in the 300 meters and fourth in the long jump at the Group 6A state indoor meet. Also watch for distance runner Thomas Amabile, who was a state qualifier in cross country.
In Suffolk …
Nansemond River senior Kadeem Middleton was third in the 300 meters last season at the Group 4A state indoor meet. The Warriors should be stronger in the distance events with the addition of first-year coach Aaron Dudley, who starred at Deep Creek. He will be counting on Nicholas Gill, Kevin Tohak and Ta’von Sessoms.
In Norfolk and Portsmouth …
Norcom welcomes back senior sprinters Quamel Sessoms and Charles Wiggs, and senior jumpers Hakeem Horton and Deverius Brown. All four are all-state performers. They also have senior Armondo Ward (hurdles, sprints, jumps) and junior sprinters Waelene Riddick and Marquinn Morris. … Churchland sprinter Chris Walker, fifth in the state indoor meet in the 55 meters. … Also helping in the sprints will be Brandon Jackson and Donovan Waters. Hysheem Staten, Louis Andrews and Ian Irizzary will help the Truckers in the distance events. … Wilson has sprinters Dontez Vann, Jamonta Williams and Ben Faulk. Newcomer Kevin Whitfield will help in the sprints and relays for the Presidents.
In private schools
Norfolk Academy is led by Cal Neikirk, who will compete in the hurdles, jumps, and pole vault. Bulldogs coach Ken Lampert said this team will be loaded with newcomers so time will tell.
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