Their season began back in November with the start of winter track. Nearly seven months later, they can finally take a breather.
The final group of track & field athletes wrapped up their season last weekend at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in North Carolina.
The Longwood boys had a successful meet, highlighted by a third-place finish in the sprint medley relay team. Longwood’s quartet of Joe Payton, Blake Evans, Mark Jackson and Joe Fuller completed the 1,600-meter race in 3 minutes, 26.52 seconds. The sprint medley differs from the typical 4 x 400 relay as the runners do not run the same distance. The first leg is 400 meters, followed by two 200 meter legs and ending with an 800 meter run.
The top time in the race was 3:24.56.
Fuller, Payton and Evans all competed in individual events as well. Fuller ran in the 800 Emerging Elite Race, which includes the second-tier runners. Fuller finished in third place in 1:53.65, which lowered his own school record. His time would have been good enough for 19th in the championship race.
Payton, the public school state champion in the 400 hurdles, finished in ninth place in the Championship Race. He ran 53.41. The top time was posted by Emarkis Gunn of West Palm Beach, Fla. in 51.91.
Evans competed in the long jump and finished 16th with a top mark of 21-02 1/2. Joshua McClam from North Carolina had the longest jump of 25-02.
For the girls Longwood senior Imani White had a busy meet competing in three events, the shot put, discus and hammer. In the shot put she finished 16th with a top mark of 40 3/4. In the discus she was also 16th (112-07) and in the hammer she was 17th (136-07).