Rappahannock County High School’s co-ed varsity track team took the field of competition in Strasburg on May 18. At day’s end, Josh Jones and Seth Wayland both qualified for regionals when they placed among the top six runners in their individual races.
Jones and Wayland ran in the second-fastest heat of their events and put in their best performances of the season to beat out some runners with faster-seeded times.
According to coach James Sharpe, senior Jones “started training in the 300 hurdles last year. That’s when coach Scavetti noticed that his endurance, long stride, and speed would be a great mix for the 300-meter hurdles. Josh has gotten his times down as he has trained and fine-tuned his form to keep him going over those hurdles – quickly, over and over around the track. His time was 44.49 seconds, a career best.”
Sharpe also congratulated Wayland, an RCHS junior, who “has been training in the 400 since his freshman year. That year, he ran in the school’s 400-meter relay team that placed fourth in the state. After running in the low 55s all season, his time of 54.36 is his career best.
“We had a small team this year,” Sharpe said, “but the good thing about track is that individuals have a chance to make it to the state meet in an individual event if they train hard enough.”
Among the new regionals-qualifying members are other athletes with great futures. Kayla McGhee and Davis Sheffield are the boys’ and girls’ newcomers who worked hard and dropped time throughout the season. Caleb Stump and Rita Cliffton have been working on their long and high jumps and getting consistent returns there. Upcoming freshmen Julia Wood and Kathleen Forrest will be immediate contenders next year for the high school team. The final accolade goes to this year’s middle school team that had its first track meet in Rappahannock history and treated its fans to a successful first season.
– Melissa Delcour