Track and field continues to be the most significant participation sport in Chesterfield County Public Schools. Cumulative rosters carry about 1,300 student athletes representing the county’s 13 middle schools.
Programs at Carver, Chester, Davis, Falling Creek, Matoaca and Salem Church continue to thrive, as coaches introduce and instruct their youngsters in sprints, distance running, throws, jumps and relays. Aided by tremendous stability and commitment among area coaches, middle school track has served as a pipeline of talent for the high school programs at Bird, Dale, Meadowbrook and Matoaca.
In its second year of existence, the Davis Ravens’ boys track team recently took down Matoaca, stopping the Warrior’s seven-year regular season winning streak.
“We had some key injuries, but we make no excuses. The Davis guys just seemed to want it a little more than we did,” longtime Matoaca assistant coach Walt Richards said. “They certainly have some big and talented kids and their coaches do a great job.”
The Chester girls, under the tutelage of Geof LeSueur, continued their winning ways entering the final regular season meet in their school’s history. LeSueur has put together a dynasty by building a hard-working, family atmosphere among his Eagles. A combination of talent, work ethic and character has literally made Chester unbeatable over the last 10 years.
On Monday, April 26, the Southern Division Track and Field Championships will be contested at L.C. Bird High School. The competition should be extremely exciting in the qualifying meet, which will send athletes on to the Chesterfield County Championships at Manchester High on May 5. Admission to the meet is $5. Middle school students and younger will be admitted for $1.