By Tommy Keeler Jr.
Warren County hopes to make its last Evergreen District boys and girls track and field meet a memorable one.
This is the last year Warren County will be in the Evergreen, as it moves to the Bull Run District next year.
This year's Evergreen meet is scheduled for Thursday at 4 p.m. at Warren County. The meet was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but has been postponed to Thursday due to the weather.
There's no question that Katy Harriman will lead the way for the Wildcats on the girls side.
Harriman scored all 20 of Warren County's points in the Apple Blossom Invitational on April 27, giving the Wildcats a 10th-place finish.
"Katy's worked really hard every day in practice," Warren County coach Kennon Yeck said. "It's really great to see it pay off for her."
Harriman has already qualified for the Group AA state meet, but Yeck said she will still be performing in the district meet to get ready for states.
Harriman has one of the top 200-meter times in the area with a 27.84. She also has one of the top 300 hurdles times with a 49.98. The jumps are where she has really excelled this season.
The senior's leap of 5-02 is tops in the area in the high jump. Her top long jump mark is 15-04.75, and her top triple jump is 31-07.50.
Yeck said that Harriman will perform in the high jump, long jump and 300 hurdles in the district meet.
"She's a pretty special athlete," Yeck said of Harriman. "She's pretty much done it all for us this season."
Rachel Oden could also be a top performer for the Wildcats, and will run in the 1,600 and 3,200 in the district meet.
The junior has the top 3,200 time in the area this season with a 12:19.10. She's also run a 5:40.60 in the 1,600 this season.
Yeck said the team may get a boost from the return of Jasmain Ford. The senior sprinter has been sick and missed the last five weeks. Yeck said she will be running in the 100 in the district meet.
Ford's 13.25 in the 100 is the top time in the area this season.
Yeck said he is also hopeful that junior thrower Crystal Utter will qualify for states in the discus and shot put at the district meet.
"She's been improving all season long," Yeck said.
On the boys side, the Wildcats should be led by Matt Nicholson.
The senior has had a strong season in the jumps and has already qualified for states. Nicholson's leap of 6-02 in the high jump is second in the area to defending state champion Chris Smith, of Sherando. Nicholson also has the top long jump leap in the area with a 21-11.50.
Nicholson was playing both baseball and track, but has given up baseball to focus on track.
Yeck said Kyle Leonard could also qualify for states in the sprints, and he has seen a lot of improvement from the senior throughout the season.
The Wildcats have a young squad, and Yeck said he doesn't have high expectations for the team. Yeck said he expects Fauquier and Brentsville to be the teams to beat on both the boys and girls sides.
Yeck said that having the meet at home could help the Wildcats.
"I think it's nice to have it here," Yeck said. "The kids know the lanes. They know how the wind blows here -- things like that. It's our last time to do it. I think the kids will be ready to go.
"Hopefully, it will be a nice day."
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