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Foxes usher in winter track season

On Wednesday, at Caroline High School, the Foxes competed in the annual Caroline Polar Bear Invitational. While the Lady Foxes did not disappoint, crushing the competition with a score of 98 (Caroline 32, North

Stafford 23), their Foxes male counterparts had to settle for second (61), as Caroline edged them with a score of 73.

In the world of competitive track & field, Foxes head coach Rudy Pekarek is a realist when it comes down to the bottom line.  “It’s a tale of two teams this year,” Pekarek said. “The girls are a very veteran group, who happen to be confident in their athletic abilities. The boys are inexperienced, and it showed. However, they are very energetic and they want to do their best—but right now they have to figure out how that works.”
The girls have a few new additions to the team; however, any female athlete who joins the team must realize she is a part of a team that is committed to hard work. Among the newcomers, possibly the biggest surprise is freshman Heidi Caldwell. She placed second in the 55 meters, and she helped the 4x200 meter relay team nearly qualify for a Regional qualification. In addition, she placed third behind two senior Foxes in the 300 meters.

Throughout the season, DeMarcus Epps will become the center of attention. The senior speedster missed state qualifications by a few hundreds of a second in the 500 meters. Epps’ teammate, Jonathan Graham seems to have mastered the pole vault event. Graham nearly made state qualification with a vault of 11’6” at the Polar Bear Invitational. The vault happened to match his personal best from last year.

Amid a fall transition of sports that range from football to cross-country, the focus in winter track is to qualify for regional competition. “The goal this year is to get as many students to the regional meet as possible,” Pekarek said. “We also have to remain injury-free, if we are committed to being successful.”

On Saturday, at Brook Pointe High School, the Foxes will compete against a huge field of triple-A schools in the Brook Pointe Invitational. “We are a rogue team, and we go wherever the action is,” Pekarek said. “We don’t care who we compete against, because we are competing against a (VHSL) standard.”

The 2013 part of the track & field season will usher in a variety of indoor meets, which include Fork Union, Woodberry, Arthur Ashe Center and Boo Williams Sportsplex.

Polar Bear boys event winners included: Keonta Hamilton, Car., 55 meters, 7.24; DeMarcus Epps, KGHS, 300 meters, 39:16; DeMarcus Epps, KGHS, 500 meters, 1:09.46; Reggie Twisdale, Car., 1000 meters, 3:05.17; Michael Williams, Car., 1600 meters, 4:58.62; Zach Bratt, NS, 3200 meters, 10:21.61; Desmond Jordan, KGHS, 55 meters hurdles, 9.01; KGHS (A), 4x200 meter relay, 1:43.62; Car., 4x400 meter relay, 3:51.98; Car., 4x800 meter relay, 8:56.47; Freddie Romero-Baker, Car., pole vault, 12’; Darin Council, NS, long jump, 19’ 2.25”; Darin Council, NS, triple jump, 42” 4.5”; Chad Boxley, Car., shot put, 43’ 1”.

Polar Bear girls event winners included: Jami Lewis, NS, 55 meters, 8.02; Jessica Toliver, Car., 300 meters, 46.08; Lindsey Armentrout, KGHS, 500 meters, 1:24.90; Miranda Green, KGHS, 1000 meters, 3:22.23; Kristen Hornbaker, KGHS, 1600 meters, 5:51.74; Haley Armentrout, KGHS, 3200 meters, 12:44.39; Jessica Toliver, Car., 55 meters hurdles, 9.24; KGHS, 4x200 meter relay, 1:56.56; KGHS, 4x400 meters relay, KGHS, 4:34.37; 4x800 meter relay, KGHS, 10:42.23; Lindsey Armentrout, KGHS, high jump, KGHS, 4’6”; Lindsey Armentrout, KGHS, pole vault, 7’6”; Jessica Toliver, long jump, KGHS, 16’ 10.75”; Jessica Swenson, shot put, KGHS, 32’3.50”.

 

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