Varsity Track Wins VPL Championship

By Kodi Udochukwu ’23

On Saturday, May 15, Woodberry Forest’s Varsity Track and Field decisively won the Outdoor Track and Field Championship, outclassing second-place St.Chris 158 to 130. 

For the most part, Track and Field is an individual sport, but this triumph was truly a team effort. Woodberry Forest scored in the top 6 places in 300m hurdles, 110m hurdles, 400m, Shot Put, Discus, 3200m, Triple Jump, Long Jump, and Pole Vault. There was at least one Woodberry boy in the top 3 for each event. 

While all were truly exceptional, a few names stand out in the stat sheet. 

In the 4x800m, the relay team of Charles Innes ‘22, Sebastian Gibb ‘22, Winston Ransone ‘22, and Cylus Garza ‘21 won 1st place. In the 4×100, the rapid relay team of  Jordy Burnette ‘22, Sebastien Antoine-Pompey ‘22, Donovan Baker ‘22, and Denison University commit Malik Holley ‘21 were victorious in their race.

Meanwhile, UPENN commit River Robinson ‘21 bested his competition in the 400m race, with a fantastic time of 50.12. He also won the 200m race, with a g time of 21.68. 

Ben Locklear ‘21 was Woodberry’s only first-place in the “field events”, with a Discus record of 146-3. 

Woodberry’s first-place finishers mostly came from seniors. However, the young Tigers definitely showed their potential in this prep meet. Baker, Albert Asare ‘22, Rodney Lora ‘23, Robbie Handelsman ‘23, Sebastian Philips ‘23, Eddie Woltz ‘23 all came in second place in their events. While Caleb Donelson ‘22,  Jarett Clark ‘24, Caleb Hodges ‘22 all came third in their event (Jianni Woodson-Brooks ‘21 also came third in his event).

 Clearly, the future of Woodberry Track and Field beams brightly.

The present of Woodberry’s Track and Field, however, beams even brighter as Woodberry was awarded five All-Prep awards. Robinson won two for his outstanding performances in the 400m and 200m. Meanwhile, the aforementioned first-place relay teams were also awarded. In the field events, Ben Locklear was awarded for his superb performance in the discus throw. 

Yet again, Robinson must be praised in this article. The UPENN commit and captain picked up the Prep League’s Most Outstanding Track Athlete, while Mr.Philips picked up a well-deserved Prep League Coach of the Year.  

It was truly a great day for Woodberry Forest athletics and Woodberry Forest as a whole as Varsity Track won their first VIPL championship in five years. However, the Track and Field athletes know that they cannot afford to bask in their glory, as a state championship meet at Virginia Commonwealth University awaits.

We will all be cheering them from afar on Saturday, May 22.

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