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Foxes girls’ outdoor track & field dynasty unblemished

When the dust finally settled, and the Foxes outdoor girls track & field team raised the hardware associated with winning the 4A North Conference 22 Outdoor Track & Field Championship, it was crystal clear that they have embedded their names in the annals of high school sports history.

The championship was a high-pressured nail-biting fight to the bitter end, as a determined Fauquier girls’ team threw everything at the Foxes but the kitchen sink, in their futile effort to depose the five-time district/conference champion.  

However, in spite of a heroic fight from the Falcons from athletes such as Diamond Robinson, the Foxes endured and prevailed. “Although the meet made me extremely nervous, it was one of the most exciting track meets I’ve seen in a long time,” Foxes outdoor track & field head coach Rudy Pekarek said. “It wasn’t a cakewalk; it was a competitive bloodbath of who was going to stand up last.”

After contributing 30 points and running the third leg of the 4x100-meter relay (Fauquier school record), Robinson could not finish her final attempts in the triple jump. Her inability to contribute points in the triple jump event set the tone for the remainder of the meet for the Falcons.

Midway into the meet, the Foxes girls struggled in 300-meter hurdles and shot put events, but eventually rallied to finish strong in the 200-meter dash and the triple jump.

Like King George, the Fauquier girls’ team had also won four previous outdoor track & field crowns. According to Pekarek, the Falcons’ girls were not accustomed to losing.

Along with winning the team championship with 191 points, the following Foxes girls won individual conference championships: Miranda Green, 1600-meter, 5:13.26; Kristen Hornbaker, 3,200-meter, 12:10.64; 4x400-meter relay, 4:12.58; 4x800-meter relay, 10:16.50; Heidi Colwell, pole vault, 9’; DeAsia Callanan, long jump, 16’.

As for the Foxes boys, they placed third overall as a team, behind first-place Fauquier (166 points), and second-place Liberty-Bealeton (105 points). Plagued by false starts, school discipline issues and injuries, it was apparent that the Foxes boys were not at full strength. “The boys needed to be on all four cylinders if they wanted to contend for the championship, and on that day, they weren’t,” Pekarek said.

The highlights for the Foxes boys included: Jonathan Graham, pole vault, first, 12’6”; Justin Halter, high jump, first, 6’; boys 4x100 meter relay team, first, 43.47(personal best); Jacob Watson, 3,200-meter, first, 10:12.99.

For the upcoming Regional Championship in Lynchburg on May 30, the Foxes will take a team of 16 girls and 16 boys. For many seniors, the meet will be their final high school track & field competition.

Leonard Banks
Sports editor

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