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Halifax County to send six Comets to state meet

SoVaNow.com / February 18, 2013
Halifax County High School has a respectable presence at the Group AAA indoor track meet this weekend.

Halifax is taking six performers to the state meet, according to coach Mike Roark.

Devan Richardson, Roland Brandon, J.J. Crews, Dominique Lassiter and Shalar Charleton will be participating in the state meet from the boys team.

Tyrika Lee of the Comet girls indoor track team is also headed to the state meet.

Roark is proud of the Comets’ competitive spirit, but noted that was not the only reason for the recent success. The efforts of the Comets in the weight room paid dividends.

“We’re lifting like crazy,” said Roark.

“We starting lifting (weights),” said Roark, who saw concrete benefits from the extra work. “The lifting takes the fatique out. You’ve got guys now doing four events. Devan (Richardson) missed qualifying for the 300 (Wednesday) by three-tenths of a second.” Richardson competed well, even though he had limited experience in this particular event.

Richardson had an excellent second place effort in the 55-meter dash, blasting to a 6.51 finish, just a shade behind Mustaqeem Williams of Forest Park, who ran a 6.37 to win the regional title.

Richardson also placed sixth in the region in the long jump, with an effort of 20-01.25.

Brandon was sixth in the triple jump at this level, with an effort of 40-10.00.

The Comets boys’ 4x200 relay team had an excellent third place effort, running a 1:33.60. Forest Park had a winning time of 1:29.28 and Patrick Henry was second in 1:32.98.

Charlton took sixth in the shot, with a 44-08.50.

Woodbridge won the girls’ regional title with 83.50 points, with HCHS 17th, scoring six points. The Comet boys were 11th officially, with 25 points.

The regional meet was held at the Prince George Sportsplex in Landover, Md., Feb. 13.

As for the Comet girls, Lee finished sixth in the 300-meter dash in 42.36.

Richardson and the 4x2 relay team appear to have the best chance of being competitive in the state meet, although Roark did not dismiss Brandon, either.

“Roland’s Roland. He’s a competitor. You don’t throw Roland out of this whatsoever. I’m hoping he carries this (competitiveness) over to football. He’s just a little feisty guy. He does not want to lose,” said Roark.

The VHSL state indoor track championships will b Feb. 22-23 at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton.

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