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GIRLS CHAMPIONS - The Halifax County High School girls indoor track team won the Western Valley District title Saturday in Lynchburg. The coach is Mary Douglas. (Keith Douglas photo) / February 11, 2013
The Halifax County High School girls track team swamped the rest of the Western Valley district Saturday, seizing the final Indoor track and field championship.

The Comets won the girls crown with 139 points, edging William Fleming, which had 127. GW-Danville was third with 60 points and PH-Roanoke was fourth with 57. Franklin County was last with 37.

HCHS coach Mary Douglas expressed pride in her Comet squad.

“It was really nice to have them come together. It was a goal we had set,” she said.

Seventeen Comets are headed to the regionals, as the top six individuals in every event and top three relay teams made the cut to advance. The regionals are set for Landover, Md.

HCHS even got ten points in the two-mile, as two Comets who had not run the event got points in the event.

The Comets 4x200 meter relay squad took top honors in the meet, cruising to a first place effort of 1:48.79. The relay unit included Tylisha Crews, Kayla Forest, Shanita Johnson and Tyrika Lee.

HCHS was second in the 4x400 relay, in 4:38.99. T. Williams, Inija Miller, Coleman and Jasmine Sims handled the relay for HCHS.

Halifax also won the 4x800 meter relay, with a time of 12:16.02. Jessica Hinds, Bailey Snead, Brittany Carden and Oriyonna Belton ran that event. Tyrika Lee also finished third in the high jump with an effort of 4-06.00. Lee was also third in the long jump with a leap of 14-07.

Lee also took third in the triple jump, with an effort of 32-09.50. Sydney Little of the Comets was fifth in the shot put, with a throw of 28-11. HCHS had a 2-3-4 finish in the 55-meter dash, as Tylisia Crews was second in 7.57, just off the pace set by winner De’ana Forbes of GW (7.37).

Halifax’s Tyrika Lee was third with a 7.62 and Kayla Forest was fourth in 7.71.

Lee led a 1-2-3 sweep in the 300-meter dash, winning the district crown with a time of 43.42. T. Crews was second in this event with a run of 43.80 and Forest was third in 44.21. Shanita Johnson of the Comets placed fifth with a time of 46.97.

Anissia Coleman of the Comets was third in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:32.52, with teammate Shanita Johnson fourth in 1:35.59.

The Comets had a couple of good efforts in the 1000-meter run, as Jessica Hinds took fourth (3:55.64); Bailey Snead was fifth (4:21.75) and LaShawn Johnson was sixth (4:31.23).

Hinds took third in the 1600-meter run with a 6:50.20 and Snead was fifth with a time of 7:24.20.

LaShawn Johnson of the Comets took third in the 3200-meter run in 16:54.97 and Taiesha Logan was fourth in this event in 17:09.29.

HCHS took three spots in the 55-meter hurdles, with Trinity Williams third (10.38), A. Coleman fourth (10.68) and Brittany Carden sixth (13.23).

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