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King George Foxes track & field brings home All-State honors

They saved their best for last! After it was all said and done, with 19 Foxes competing, 21 VHSL 4A State Outdoor Championship medals were brought back to King George High School.

The coveted event marked a turning point in Fox sports history. Long-time (18 years) Fox track & field head coach, Rudy Pekarek has officially hung up his whistle, and gone into retirement. After numerous championships - indoor and outdoor - including the last five girls’ Battlefield/Conference 22 championships, the force behind the magic that made King George one of the best programs in the state will now cheer for his beloved school from the sidelines.

As for the girls, Nansemond won the team title with 103 points, while the Foxes finished 12th (19 points). Arch-rival Fauquier finished 11th with 14 points. Throughout the season, the Falcons have hung on the coattails of the Foxes, finishing second in indoor track, and in the 4A Conference 22 Championship.

The Foxes also established two new school records in the pole vault, and the girls’ 4x800-meter relay (4th, 9:44.16), and Jonathan Graham, who placed second with a vault of 14’6”. Graham actually tied E.C. Glass’ Matt Crawford, but lost by one in number of attempts made. “Watching Jonathan was a thing of beauty on Friday night,” Pekarek said. “He was on like I’ve never seen him before.”

In light of his performance, on Friday, Graham was selected to compete in the Emerging Elite Class, at North Carolina A&T, in Greensboro, N.C., in the annual New Balance Outdoor Nationals competition.

Foxes seniors Miranda Green, and Brittany Williams decided to forgo their graduation to compete in the state championship. Green finished with All-State honors, with a third place finish in the 1600-meters (8th, 5:06.88). Both Green and Williams won medals in the 4x400 (4:08.25) and 4x800 (4th, 9:44.16) meter relay events.

Along with All-State qualification in the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays, Heidi Colwell placed fourth in the pole vault (9’6”).

Davion Hutt, Ezugo Agulou, Jonathan Graham, and the boys 4x100-meter relay team (Jordan Aley, Jacolby White, Matt Brown, Davion Hutt) produced the All-State qualifying points for an 11th place finish for the Foxes boys (20 points). The placement was one point ahead of Fauquier, which finished 12th (19 points).

Individually, Hutt finished fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.25. Graham finished second in the pole vault (14’6”), while Ezugo Agulou finished fourth in the 400-meter dash (50.34).

The Foxes boys’ 4x100 meter relay team finished a second ahead of Churchland High School with time of 43.16.

Thrilled with the results of both the Foxes girls’ and boys’ relay teams, Pekarek said, “The meet really optimized what King George track & field is all about. The teamwork involved in getting four different relays of four varying speeds and distances to all make it to the state level, and all placing in the states is remarkable.”

Although the Foxes will lose a legendary coach, and a number of key members of the team due to graduation, they will inherit a cast of talented athletes anxious to shine under the spotlight of a potential championship next season.

Leonard Banks
Sports editor

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