In a week filled with nature’s finest and nature’s fury, Rapp athletes put in some fine and furious performances of their own, bringing home some personal records and one championship.
Let’s start with the championship — two actually, both earned by coach Seth Wyatt’s Junior Panther girls soccer team. Crowned the Valley Middle School Conference regular season champs by virtue of their undefeated conference regular season record, our JP girls soccer team also claimed the tournament champion trophy in a tightly contested game with Wakefield Country Day School.
Rained out last Thursday by Mother Nature’s first magnificent thunderstorm of the season, the teams met at Panther Stadium Monday (May 4) on an absolutely gorgeous spring afternoon.
Both teams fought hard while at the same time displaying great sportsmanship, a testament to the instruction of coaches Brady of WCDS and Wyatt of Rapp. One goal was the only difference between these two well-matched teams. In another display of sportsmanship, WCDS athletic director Mike Costello presented the trophies alongside Rappahannock superintendent Donna Matthews to end a wonderful afternoon of soccer and camaraderie for both teams and both schools.
Varsity track hosted a Bull Run District meet last Wednesday that featured athletes from Manassas Park and Strasburg plus non-district competitor Page County. On another beautiful spring day, our athletes turned in some equally good-looking performances, including three firsts by Gavin Jenkins in the 800, 1600 and high jump.
On the girls side, Emma Endre and Sara Garcie took first and third in the 400 and Kayla McGhee took second in the 800. Julia Wood took first in the 3200 and the girls 4×100 team took second. Julia Estes took first in the 100 hurdles and third in the 300. In the high jump, Jessica Thorne placed second with Savannah Stevens close behind at third. Julia Estes scored a second place finish in the triple jump.
This past Saturday several of our varsity track athletes went to compete in the prestigious Dogwood Invitational at UVA, competing against athletes from schools of all sizes across Virginia.
Gavin Jenkins ran a 4:39.24 1600 which was both a personal record and qualified him for states. Gavin also turned in a state qualifying time for the 3200. Emily Allen also recorded a personal record and a state qualifying time in the 800 and qualified for states in the 3200. Emma Endre produced a regional qualifying time in the 400 while Julia Estes turned in a PR and a state qualifying time in the 300 hurdles, as did Jessica Thorne.
Defending state champ Julia Wood ran in the 1600, competing in a 14-person heat that included nine state champs! When the race was done, Julia had finished third, turning in a personal record and state qualifying time of 4:55.50 time that also ranked her as the 40th fastest in the U.S. (and fourth in the state). Coach Kenny Burt was justifiably proud of and predicts greater things to come.
Our middle school track athletes also got in a competition, competing in Strasburg this past Monday evening. Coach Scott Stephens reported some standout performances including Savannah Hensley taking first in the 1600 and the 800, races in which Audrey Ashenfelder third and fifth.
Hard as it may be to believe — seems like just last week we were looking at snow on our game fields — next week is the last week of our spring regular seasons. Make time to come out and see our student athletes in action as they prepare for what we hope are deep runs into the conference playoffs. As always, the latest Rapp athletic schedules can be found at rappahannockathletics.org. Go Rapp!
— Jimmy Swindler
Latham’s R-MA honors
Freshman Ryan Latham, son of Stephen and Dawn Latham of Amissville, was among the Randolph-Macon Academy students from named to the President’s List for the third quarter of the 2014-15 school year. To make the President’s List, a student must earn a grade point average of 4.0 or higher.