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Sports · March 11, 2015

Falcon boys lead county 4A teams at state track meet

Photo/Greg VanNostrand
Liberty's Taylor Brown runs in the middle of a pack of girls in the 4A 1,000-meter run Tuesday at the Virginia indoor track and field championship. A senior, Brown finished fourth in the event. She also took seventh in the girls 1,600.
Photo/Greg VanNostrand
Fauquier's Raul Chavez kicks it up a notch in the 4A boys 1,000-meter run Tuesday. He finished fifth. Liberty's Michael Fairfax (rear, in red uniform), finished eighth, scoring the Eagle boys only point in the championship.
Photo/Greg VanNostrand
Fauquier shot-putter Dominique Johnson easily finished second in the girls event Tuesday. She threw the shot 38-feet, 8-inches.
Photo/Leanne Fernandez
Liberty's T.J. Spagnoletti, a former all-state indoor track performer, missed the cut in the 4A boys triple jump Monday. He finished ninth but returned Tuesday to cheer his teammates.
Not sure I can single out just one (outstanding boy). Everyone who scored – when they scored – was big for us. Corey yesterday. Donavin earlier today starting us off. Raul and Tyler. And then the relay team. I guess we had no true Most Valuable Player. (All the boys) were.
— Fauquier head indoor track Coach Quentin Jones
Virginia 4A indoor track and field championship
Tolmas Center, Liberty University, Lynchburg

March 9-10, 2015


1. I.C. Norcum
77 points

2. Phoebus
65 points

3. Midlothian
56 points

4. Handley
35 points

5. E.C. Glass
33 points

6. Fauquier
32 points

36. Liberty
1 point (tie)


1. Nansmond River
122 points

2. E.C. Glass
78 points

3. Phoebus
61 points

4.Jefferson Forest
48 points

5. Midlothian
36 points

12. Fauquier
10 points (tie)

18. Liberty
7 points (tie)
Photos by Greg VanNostrand

Cooped up for three weeks, Fauquier and Liberty’s boys and girls indoor track and field teams chomped at the bit to finally show their mettle.

Snow cover had prevented them from proper training. No school had stopped all training.

When Monday rolled around with no snow in the forecast, they all converged at Liberty University’s Tolmas Center, in Lynchburg for the 4A state meet.

And they performed. Some teams better than others.

Fauquier boys used a state-record 1,600-meter relay run in the final event of the day to leap-frog over two teams into sixth place with 32 points.

The girls, paced by Dominique Johnson’s second-place finish in the shot put took a share of 12th with 10 team points.

Johnson’s toss of 38-feet-8 had a ways to go to overcome first-place finisher Zakyia Rashid’s record-breaking 44-11.5.

“I know I can do better,” Johnson said. “I’ve already thrown 39-2 in spring track. All I need to do is dig deeper and stay focused. My goal for the spring is to meet up with (Rashid) at the state outdoor meet and beat her.”

Liberty girls scored seven points, parlaying it to a three-way tie for 18th.

Perhaps the only disappointment came from the Liberty boys as former all-state performer T.J. Spagnoletti failed to score in the triple jump Monday.

The senior, bound for a full-ride football scholarship at East Tennessee State University where he may also run track, ran short in the 55-dash preliminaries too.

Sitting on the sidelines Tuesday, Spagnoletti said he was there supporting his two teammates.

"Taylor (Brown) and Michael (Fairfax) have always been there for me," Spagnoletti said. "Today, I'm here for them."

Fairfax’s eighth-place finish in the 1,000-run kept the Eagles from being snake-bitten.

Corey Huffman started the Falcons off on the right foot Monday when he finished eighth in the boys shot put.

The team’s 3,200-relay – consisting of Sam Oravec, Brock and Madison Curry and Raul Chavez finished the first day with a third place.

Donavin Thompson got the ball rolling Tuesday when he turned a fourth in the 500-dash with a time of 1:07.21.

“I’m very pleased with what I’ve done and I did it for my family, which includes my team,” Thompson said. “My time was a personal record. I knocked a second off the old one.”

Chavez scored points with his fifth-place finish (2:36.70) in the 1,000 and Tyler Benson followed with a strong third (35.8) in the 300.

“I ended up in the back and had to work my way through the pack,” Chavez said. “I didn’t slow down. Late in the race, I tangled with another runner and got a spike in my leg for my trouble. I was afraid it would lead to a DQ but I kept running. Fortunately, it didn’t and my leg is OK too.”

Shane Halligan led of the Lady Falcons’ 3,200-relay team Monday that took seventh overall with a time of 10:24.57.

Followed by Madison Carter and Jordyn O’Saben, senior Claire Burke anchored the team.

Asked to pick championship MVPs, Fauquier head indoor track Coach Quentin Jones quickly named Johnson as the girls’ pick.

“Dominique’s second in the shot really got us going,” Coach Jones said.

Picking a top boy proved harder.

“Not sure I can single out just one,” Coach Jones added. “Everyone who scored – when they scored – was big for us. Corey yesterday. Donavin earlier today starting us off. Raul and Tyler. And then the relay team. I guess we had no true Most Valuable Player. (All the boys) were.”

Brown, a senior who will sign a National Letter of Intent to the University of North Carolina-Charlotte on her 18th birthday, April 16, finished her indoor career with two more stellar performances.

She took fourth (3:10.39) in the 1,000 and seventh (5:25.25) in the 1,600 for Liberty.
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