Having his team follow up its Central District championship with a Central Region title was almost beyond the imagination of Thomas Dale coach Dick Anthony.
“The team has really come together in recent weeks,” he said. “I was confident that we were going to perform in this meet, but it was even better than that. Virtually every point we could have scored was secured.” The Knights took the team award by scoring 75 points to comfortably overtake Patrick Henry and Deep Run.
Dale got off to a great start with Kortney Williams surprising the field with a personal-best effort to win the shot. She later joined teammate Kristin Greene in placing in both throwing events. The Knights only other champion was April Wilson, who dominated a strong 400 meter field. Sarah Fulghum and Katea Jemmott each scored in multiple events for the victorious Knights.
The boys threatened to make it a clean sweep as they took a narrow lead on the field after Quintin Fulghum’s tremendous effort in the 200 meter. “We simply ran out of bodies at that point,” long-time coach Doug Sable said. The Knights finished as the runner-up to a very balanced Atlee team.
Fulghum was easily the star of the meet, winning the long jump, triple jump, 100 meter and 200 meter.
“I really wasn’t taking track very seriously until last year. Coach Sable got ahold of me in indoor and got me refocused,” explained Fulghum, who said one of his options was continuing his career at St. Augustine. “We couldn’t ask for better coaches and I’m amazed by all the young talent coming up.”
Another star of the show was Meadowbrook’s Tori Cunningham, who ran away from the field to win the 100 meter and 200 meter. She was joined by teammate Garrett Tyler, who captured the high jump over Matoaca’s Isaiah Cox.
The state track meet will be contested on Friday and Saturday at Sports Backers Stadium.