The indoor track season saw solid team efforts from the Thomas Dale girls and boys, as well the Matoaca boys. Individual standouts were plentiful as well. Here’s a preview of who to watch for during the upcoming outdoor season.
Thomas Dale – According to head coach Dick Anthony, junior Louis Rivers is a tireless worker, and that’s part of the reason he was able to finish third in the state in the 55m hurdles. Rivers’ great technique has come along with his desire to improve. A pair of seniors on the girls side are expected to have great outdoor seasons- Tia Holmes (sprints, relays) and Tiffany England in the long jump and high jump. Both were state qualifiers in their respective events and are looking to do the same in outdoor.
L.C. Bird – The program is led by Nichelle Scott, who has drawn interest from many major division I track and field programs with her outstanding 1000m performances and her strong GPA. Richard Anderson, a junior will be a threat to win the state title in the high jump, and senior sprinter Jayla Hill (100m, 200m, 4 x 100 relay) has drawn interest from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Matoaca – Devorian Dandridge and D’Angelo Boston lead the boys side. Dandridge, who recovered from a severely broken leg, has become a jack of all trades for the Warriors, qualifying for state in the 55m, long and high jump. Boston is a force in the high jump, and should compete with Anderson for the Conference 12 title, while Tevin Gilliam is also an ample leaper. VMI bound 800m and 1600m specialist Bethany King will lead the way for the girls along with high and long jump standout Briana Hayes, who is being heavily recruited at the division I level.
Meadowbrook – Senior Timicia Brunson is a bright spot for a Meadowbrook track program that’s rebuilding. She quailfied for state in the 55m dash, and also runs the 100m and 300m hurdles.