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   Joe Walton and Brandon Boone’s recent performances in the Caroline Invitational landed them an opportunity to compete in the State Outdoor AA Track & Field Championships.
Walton is having a banner sophomore year, and his recent performance in the Caroline Invitational has qualified him for an opportunity to showcase his speed in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash events. After placing second in the 200-meters [23.50] and first in the 100-meters [11.24], Walton has earned an opportunity to compete in the Track & Field Outdoor AA State Championship, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, on May 30. He also placed fourth in the long jump with a leap of 20’ 4.5”.
   Earlier in the week, Walton was a triple winner at a meet against James Monroe and Washington & Lee, where the Foxes boys’ finished first as a team. Walton placed first in the 100-meter [11.2], 200-meter [22.9], and long-jump [19’ 8.5”].
   Since the day he was allowed to complete at King George Middle School, Walton has been a sports standout in baseball and track & field. If his junior and senior years are anything like his previous years, there could be some changes in the Fox record books.
   Since his freshman year, Brandon Boone has competed various disciplines of Fox athletics, but he seems to have finally found his niche in the sport of track & field. During the 2008-2009 winter track & field season, the senior hurdled his way into the Indoor Track & Field State Championships. His fifth place finish in Region-1 competition landed him an opportunity to showcase his speed in the State spotlight.
   Boone doesn’t just run, he explodes off the starting blocks, leaving all competitors in the distant wind. Most notably, during the 2009 outdoor track & field season, Boone has placed first or in the top three finishes in the 300-meter hurdles.
   On Saturday, at the Caroline Invitational, Boone was in rare form when he placed second in the 300-meter hurdles and the 110-meter hurdles; qualifying him for the upcoming State Championships.
   In addition, Boone placed first in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.7 during the meet against James Monroe, at King George High School, on Wednesday. During the previous week at the Northern Neck Invitational, Boone placed first in the 110-meter hurdles [16.0] and the 300-meter hurdles [43.2].
   The Foxes will travel to Courtland to compete against Courtland and Massaponax in a triad meet on Wednesday, and on the following Tuesday and Wednesday, they will battle for the District Championship, at Caroline High School. Go Foxes.
   Wednesday’s meet versus James Monroe: Boys team scores: King George 97; James Monroe 33; W&L 11. Girls teams scores: James Monroe 50; King George 65.
   Individual Foxes boys’ first place performances: 100-meters – Joe Walton, 11.2; 200-meters – Joe Walton, 22.9; 3,200-meters – Ray Gamache, 10.26; 110-meters hurdles – Brandon Boone, 15.7; 300-hurdles – Terry relay, 4:12; long jump – Joe Walton, 19’ 8.5”; triple jump – Antwane Lewis, 40’ 8.5”; high jump – Andrew Fletcher, 5’ 8”; pole vault – Brandon Owens, 10’.
   Individual Foxes girls’ first place performances: 100-meters - Zuri Polk, 13.3; 200-meters – Amethyst Polk, 26.8; 400-meters - Amethyst Polk, 1:03.05; 3200-meters – Bryanna Porter, 14:15; 3200 relay, 12.32; shot put – Phylicia Polk, 34’2”; high jump – Brittany Kersey, 4’ 10”; pole vault, Kenzie Belew, 7’6”.
   Saturday’s Caroline Invitational featuring 14 teams: [Boys’ totals, top six] Riverbend 139; Mountain View 111; King George 100.50; Courtland 86; Colonial Forge 85; Armstrong 37. [Girls’ totals, top six] Colonial Forge 114.50; Courtland 97; Riverbend 85.50; Mountain View 85.50; James Monroe 80; King George 42.50.
   Individual  Foxes boys’ first place performances: 100-meters – Joe Walton, 11.24; pole vault – Brandon Owens, 11’6”.
   Individual  Foxes girls’ first place performances: 4 x 200-meter relay, 1:48.08.

Leonard M. Banks
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