By Tommy Keeler Jr.
FRONT ROYAL -- Emotions were high for Warren County in Thursday's Northwestern District meet.
Warren County's Matt Nicholson was battling through an injury, Jasmain Ford was coming to terms with it being her last district meet and Katy Harriman was just plain tired.
Harriman participated in five events to help lead the Wildcats to a fourth-place finish in the girls meet.
"It's really exhausting," Harriman said after her busy day. "I feel like overall I did really well. The meet was just moving so quick. It made it tough, because there wasn't much time between events."
Harriman's best event of the day was her first of the day -- the high jump. The senior finished second with a 5-0. Liberty's Erin Mortant won the event with a 5-3.
"I was trying to get a 5-2 -- it was really close, but I'll get it next time around," Harriman said.
She then finished fifth in the long jump with a leap of 16-05. After that she had to run in the 300 hurdles, and placed third with a 49.31 time.
Harriman was also competing in the triple jump and advanced to the finals. She then had to go run in the 200-meter race, where she finished third (27.26).
After a leap of 32-04 in the triple jump, Harriman elected not to make any more attempts and call it a day. Her jump was still good enough for fourth place.
Harriman said she planned to run the same five events in the Region II meet on May 22 at Fluvanna.
"This was great preparation for [regionals]," Harriman said. "There should be more time in between events. So, that should work out better."
Nicholson suffered a leg injury while winning the long jump and elected not to run the 100-meter run, but still competed in the high jump.
The senior had a jump of 21-08 in his third attempt in the long jump, more than enough to win his second district long jump title.
"It feels pretty good to win it again," Nicholson said. "It felt good last year, but it feels even better the second time.
"I had some tough competition, but I was able to still come out on top."
Nicholson was one of the three finalists in the high jump, but he couldn't quite clear 6-0 in three attempts and finished second. Kettle Run's Carlos Vegerano cleared 6-0 on his third and final attempt to win the event.
For Ford it was her first time competing in five weeks. The senior had the flu and strep throat back-to-back and said she just began practicing at the end of last week.
She finished third in the 100 with a time of 13.39.
"My start was good, but then I just fell off at the end," Ford said as she fought back tears. "It's very bittersweet, because I know it's my last district meet. I'm glad I came back today. I've missed it, and I'm just blessed to be here.
"Regionals are next. I'm going to keep working hard and come back stronger than ever."
Warren County's boys finished fifth with 42 points. Fauquier won the boys meet with 164.5 points.
Warren County's Kyle Leonard finished third in the discus with a throw of 121-11. His teammate Rock Bergman finished fifth in the discus (115-00). Warren County's Joshua Owens placed fourth in the triple jump (39-10) and fourth in the long jump (20-06.50). Warren County's Chris Larsen placed fourth in the high jump (5-08).
Fauquier won the girls meet with 216 points, while the Wildcats finished with 52.
Warren County's Rachel Oden finished fourth in the 1,600 (5:44.47), while teammate Fiona Sayers placed third in the 3,200 (12:41.07). Warren County's Crystal Utter was fourth in the shot put (28-09) and fifth in the discus (83-01).
"We did about what I expected today," Warren County coach Kennon Yeck said. "We have a few top athletes, but we just don't have a lot of depth."
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