Fluco track and field athletes excel in Region meet

By Duncan Nixon

Fluvanna County High School was the host venue for the VHSL Region 3C track and field meet held on June 8. The boy’s and girl’s teams both turned in some outstanding performances.

The boy’s team, coached by Steve Szarmach, was led by sophomore Jaden Ferguson who showed incredible versatility. Ferguson placed second in the high jump and second in the long jump, and fourth in the 200 meter sprint and fourth in the triple jump. This is a truly impressive performance by a sophomore. He will go on to compete in the state meet in all four events.

Also excelling for the boy’s team was another sophomore. Addison Patchett placed fifth in the long jump and sixth in the triple jump. These performances earned him All-Region recognition. Junior Travis Morris was also All-Region in two events as he took sixth place in the 110 meter and 300 meter hurdle events. The boys’ 4X100 relay team made all-Region with a fourth place finish. The team consisted of Darius  Grier, Patchett, Tre Smith and Kenyon Smith. In addition to Ferguson, this relay team will go on to compete at the state meet.

The girls’ team under new Coach Melanie Kennedy had even more outstanding results. They garnered three Region championships. Junior track standout Shea Hart won both the 100 meter and the 300 meter hurdle races. She won the shorter race by half a second and the longer race by a full second. These are impressive margins, in a meet of top athletes from around the entire Region. Hart was also All-Region in the high jump, and she will go to the state meet in that event. In one of the field events, the Flucos also had a region champion. Senior Amy Glowatch won the discus event, with a toss nearly a foot further than the second place finisher.

The girls also had two relay teams that were All-Region and qualified for the state meet. The 4X800 relay team consisted of Emily Smeds, Summer Craig, Skylar Solga and Sophie Farley, while the 4X400 relay team consisted of Farley, S. Solga, Tallon Solga and Smeds. Smeds, who is a senior, finished second in the grueling 3200 meter (2 mile) run and accordingly, was All-Region and will go to the state meet in that event. Farley, who is only a freshman, finished fourth in the 400 meter (1/4 mile) event and made Al-Region and qualified for the state meet. In addition, Laura Hernandez was all-region in the pole vault.

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