On Wednesday, May 5, Leesville hosted the Cap-7 track meet. Seven schools competed in the meet: Leesville, Wakefield, Broughton, Enloe, Sanderson, Wake Forest Rolesville and Millbrook.
Overall, the Wakefield Men won with 152 points and the Millbrook Women won with 157 points.
The Leesville Women placed fourth, and the Leesville Men placed fifth.
Mark Mclamb, Leesville’s Coach, thought the meet ran smoothly.
“It takes a lot of people pulling their weight to manage a meet like this. Everyone did a great job and we probably ran one of the fastest conference meets ever.” said Mclamb in an e-mail overview of the meet.
Even though Leesville did not win the meet as a whole, there were significant personal victories.
Places one through six were awarded points. First place received ten points and the value of each place after first decreased by two points.
For the Women’s team, there were more points scored on the sprint side.
Hailey Blackburn placed second in the 100 and 200 meter dash and fourth in the long jump. Danielle Smith placed fourth in the 400 meter run. The girls 4x200m relay, consisting of: Hailey Blackburn, Morgan Hamilton, Kaitlyn Quirk and Danielle Smith, placed third.
Hailey Blackburn, junior, said, “My goal going into the race was to place well and PR—and I did.”
As for the distance side, Lauren Strapp, senior, contributed significantly. Strapp placed second in the 1600 meter run and first in the 3200 meter run.
Contributions were made in the field as well.
Breana Staves placed fourth in the high jump and Thalia St. Lott placed sixth. Kiana Robinson placed sixth in the triple jump. Megan Pendergraft placed sixth in the discus throw.
For the Men, the point distribution between the distance, sprint and field sides were more evenly dispersed.
The boys 4×100 meter relay (Tahieen Mills, Leon White, Danny Gerowitz and Rashawn Whitfield), the boys 4×200 meter relay (Moseph Jackson-Atogi, Peter Ficalora, Tahieen Mills and Robert Taylor) and the boys 4×800 (Will Woodhouse, Aaron Smith, Brian Jackson and Bilo Hoese) all placed fourth.
The boys 4×400 relay (Stephen Ryan, Josh Mabellos, Chris Smith and Jeff Gaston) placed sixth.
Tahieen Mills placed fifth in the 200 meter run.
Stephen Ryan placed sixth in the 800 meter run.
Brian Jackson placed third in the 1600 meter run and Aaron Smith placed fifth. Smith also placed second in the 3200 meter. Sam Sarakbi placed sixth in the 3200 meter.
Cameron Bryan placed fourth in the high jump. Moseph Jackson-Atogi placed fifth in the triple jump.
Peter Ficalora placed fourth in the pole vault.
Nate Wooten placed third in shot put and second in discus.