CULPEPER – Aaliyah Chunn left Wednesday’s girls Region 3B Track and Field Championships not realizing that she was a regional champion.
The Skyline junior won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 2 inches. There were three jumpers who jumped 5-02 and the winner was declared based on a set tiebreaker criteria. Skyline coach Steve Burton said that Chunn thought that she lost based on the tiebreaker criteria but she had actually won.
There were no announcements made as to who won any of the events in the meet and the results weren’t posted anywhere during the meet. Chunn left the meet early with her mother and Burton said that Chunn thought she had finished third. He said he was proud of Chunn’s performance.
“She felt like she jumped well,” Burton said. “The thing is she was hoping for more. There’s still that hunger that she wants to do higher. She wants to get that 5-04 in a meet. She’s been able to clear it in practice.”
Warren County’s Whitley Doyon was the other local regional girls champion. Doyon won the 3,200-meter run in a time of 12:19.99.
Doyon held off James Monroe’s Eva Kerr for the title. Doyon led most of the way with Kerr right behind her. With one lap to go in the eight-lap race, Doyon began to pull away. Doyon came into the race seeded second with Kerr seeded first.
“I was thinking if she keeps with me to the last 100, there is a chance she could outkick me,” Doyon said. “The last lap was kind of like, ‘I have to go.’ I was like, ‘I really don’t want anyone close to me at the finish because I don’t know how fast I can go.’”
Doyon said she also won the 3,200-meter run regional title in indoor track and field this season.
Doyon said she’s excited to run in next weekend’s Class 3 State Championships held at Liberty University.
“I want to win it but so does everyone else,” Doyon said. “I ran it last year, which really wasn’t fun. But I’ve improved a lot since then. So I hope I can do better.”
One athlete that won’t be in next week’s state meet is Warren County senior Victoria Partin. The hurdler said she has decided to graduate instead of participating in the state meet. Warren County’s graduation is June 1.
Partin ended her high school career in style on Wednesday by breaking the school record in the 100-meter hurdles and finishing second in the region with a time of 17.39. Partin said the previous school record was 17.53.
“It was a nice accomplishment to finish out my senior year, my last race,” Partin said. “I’m really happy with what happened today. I felt good. I had my pasta. I drank my water. I did some yoga to help prepare my muscles and make sure they weren’t tight for today.”
Partin also placed fourth in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 50.84, which she said was also a personal record.
Skyline’s Sabrina Wilkins just missed out on a regional title. The junior finished second in the 800-meter run to James Monroe’s Virginia Beringer.
Wilkins stayed just behind Beringer throughout the two-lap race. Wilkins tried to pass Beringer on the last lap but couldn’t quite make the pass. Beringer finished in a time of 2:20.85 and Wilkins was right behind her in 2:21.53.
“I thought I had her (with 200 meters left),” Wilkins said. “Then she started to speed up again. I was trying my hardest to stay with her, but she had a whole other gear I did not know about. I did my best; I’m happy. She did great; I’m happy for her, too.”
Skyline’s Tyaish Carter, who said it was her birthday on Wednesday, had a solid day. She finished third in the 100-meter dash (12.84) and third in the 200-meter dash (27.90). Carter was also fifth in the long jump (15-08) and fifth in the triple jump (32-00).
“In the 200, I felt good coming out of the blocks but on the turn I kind of (slowed down),” Carter said. “But then on the straightaway, I sprinted thinking about first (place). If I would have sprinted the whole thing I probably could have gotten first.”
One of Carter’s top competitors on Wednesday was Warren County’s Makayla Grant, who finished fourth in the 100-meter dash (12.90), second in the 400-meter dash (1:02.14) and sixth in the 200-meter dash (28.23).
Grant, a sophomore, said that she ran in the state meet last year as part of a relay team. This year she will also be participating in the 100 and 400.
“I’m really excited,” Grant said. “I can’t wait to see what the competition is like.”
Warren County, which finished third overall in the regional meet, had several other strong individual performances. Shai Geiger finished tied for second in the high jump (5-02). Leah Webster was third in the 1,600-meter run (5:49.82). Kyra Treutlein was fourth in the 800-meter run (2:34.92). Ryleigh Breeden was third in the 3,200-meter run (12:50.00).
Culpeper County won the girls meet with 175 points. Warren County finished with 86 points and Skyline was sixth with 41.