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BOYS CHAMPIONS - The Halifax County High School boys indoor track team claimed the Western Valley District title Saturday at Liberty University in Lynchburg. The boys’ coach is Mike Roark. (Keith Douglas photo)
SoVaNow.com / February 11, 2013
Halifax County High School took the Western Valley district indoor track title Saturday, in meet action at Liberty University in Lynchburg.

Halifax County piled up 142 points to win the crown. PH-Roanoke was second with 121 and Fleming was third with 89. Franklin County was fourth with 54 and GW was last with 12.

Comet coach Mike Roark has collected his first district title at HCHS.

This is his first turn as the head track coach in his coaching career.

Roark also had praise for assistant track coaches Mike Lloyd and Corey Jackson.

HCHS has 17 athletes qualified for regionals, at Landover, Md. The meet is Wednesday.

“We got some workhorses in there,” said Roark.

Junior Devan Richardson collected points in the 55 meters, the 300, the long jump and the 4x200 relay.

Roland Brandon, a sophomore, got points in the 4x200 relay, the triple jump and the 55 hurdles, as well in the 55 meters. Senior J.J. Crews got points in the 4x2, the 55, the 55 hurdles and the triple.

Versatility was a key element, as HCHS was strong in the 55 hurdles, the relays and the shot.

Roark was proud of the Comet athletes.

“They’re great kids. They work hard,” said Roark, as he noted three Comets are going to the regionals in the shot put. Senior Juan Leon took points in the long jump, the 500 and the 4x4.

Freshman Keith Garner had a personal best in the 1000-meter, part of a four freshman group going to region.

Devan Richardson of the Comets won the 55-meters, with a time of 6.49. Jamal Crews was third in 6.81 and Roland Brandon finished sixth in 6.85. Richardson was second in the 300-meter dash in 36.86, with William Brooks sixth, getting the Comets one point, with a time of 39.00.

Brooks took second in the 500-meter dash in 1:11.22, with Juan Leon third in 1:11.96. Aaron Little of HCHS was fourth in 1:16.18.

HCHS had two solid finishes in the 1000-meter run, as Keith Garner was third (2:59.28) and Little sixth (3:09.08).

Andrew Liegey of the Comets was fifth in the 1600 meters in 5:31.51.

Zack McBride of HCHS was fourth in the 3200 meter run in 13:35.37.

Roland Brandon won the district title in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.46, with teammate Jamal Crews fourth in 9.47.

HCHS won the 4x200 meter relay, in a blazing time of 1:33.50. Crews, Dominique Lassiter, Brandon and Richardson ran the relay.

HCHS also won the 4x400 meter relay, in 3:43.52. Brooks, Lassiter, Liegey and Miquel Leon ran that relay for HCHS.

HCHS was second in the 4x800 meter relay in 9:49.91. Leon, Little, Keith Garner and Jermaine Varghteis ran the event for the Comets.

Kahil Jones won the WVD high jump title with an effort of 5-08.

Devan Richardson won the long jump with a leap of 20-03.00. Leon was sixth with an effort of 19-01.25.

Brandon took third in the triple jump with a result of 39-08.50 and Crews was fifth with a 38-08.50.

Shalar Charlton took the district shot put crown with a throw of 45-00. Tre’ Morgan was third (41-02) and Treyquan Holt fourth (40-04.)

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