The Commonwealth's best gathered on a beautiful day at Harrisonburg High School for the VHSL Group AA State Track & Field Championships.
Charlottesville sophomore Taylor Watkins had an impressive day, winning gold in the 400 meters and silver in a photo finish in the 200 meters. She also finished fourth in the 100 meters.
"It's great, I just wanted to redeem myself," said Watkins, who won all three events at last week's Region II meet. "Last year I struggled and I just wanted to come back on top this year. Going into it I was like 'oh no,' I was nervous, but I was like 'you've got to do it, just pull it out."
Her Black Knight teammate Rashard Davis also had a solid day on the track. The James Madison-bound senior claimed bronze in the 100 meter dash and was part of the fourth-place 4x100 team with LaQuarius Warfield, Isaiah Green and Jalen Hill.
Fluvanna County's Hannah Meador continued her dominance in the pole vault, clearing 11'-6" to win her third straight title.
"I'm happy with the win. Not too happy with the height but it's ok," Meador said.
Fluvanna's vaulter on the boys side, Chance Parmly, finished second in the event and another Fluco, Diondre Key, grabbed bronze in the discus.
A pair of Western Albemarle distance runners, Annie and David Taylor, did well in the distance events. Annie Taylor finished second in the girls 3200 meter run while David also won silver in the same event on the boys side.
Louisa County's Monica Mallory won bronze in the triple jump, but the absence of the reigning champion in that event may have been the story of the day.
Fellow Lion Javanique Burruss was forced to miss the meet because of a quadriceps injury. She was the reigning champ in the triple jump, 100 meter hurdles and the long jump, an event she had won the previous three seasons.
Louisa County coach Jerry Cutright said the decision was made to pull the six-time state champion from the event so as not to jeopardize her bright future. The senior is headed to the University of South Carolina on a track & field scholarship.
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