The Walsinghamg girls track and field team clinched their fifth consecutive VISAA championship, the first team in Walsingham history to win five times in a row.
At the beginning of the season, the outlook was not in the Trojans' favor, having lost six point-scoring seniors to graduation and one of the highest scoring athletes on the team due to a season-long injury. The Trojans were not deterred, in fact, it strengthened their resolve. They spent all season focused on how to make themselves the best they could be. They were 100 percent dedicated to training and competing to qualify for the state meet.
The following three athletes had not competed in track and field prior to this year and quickly developed into key contributing team members: Martha Page Norsworthy, Olivia Robinson and Antonia van Nahmen. In addition to gaining new talent, one of the reasons the Trojans are a competitive team is because they have the breadth and depth to score in many of the 17 events. Another factor that provides strength and scoring ability for the team is that the Trojans have three athletes that individually qualified for state in five different events. The versatility and talent these three -- Clare Kinney, Jocelyn Covaney and Emma Lobash -- possess enables each of them to score for the team in numerous events.
Heading into the VISAA meet, the Trojans had proven their competitiveness by taking second in TCIS and second at the State Catholic Championship. On Saturday. May 18, at the VISAA meet, they came together as a cohesive team determined to win the state title competing against 22 Division II teams. Not only did they win it, but they scored 107 points, besting second place Oakcrest by 39 points. The Trojans kicked off the meet with Clare Kinney and Emma Lobash going 1-2 in pole vault, launching the team into a solid scoring position. During the meet, the Trojans kept cranking out personal records and excelling in their events such that they developed a synergy and kept running each race as if it were their last to ensure they had done everything they could to win the championship. One example of this synergy, was the Trojan girls dominating the 300-meter hurdle race where they went 1-2-3 with Emma Lobash in first, Jocelyn Covaney in second and Christin Toth in third. This race was a turning point in the meet, not only in points, but also psychologically for the team.
Eleven athletes scored and seven athletes achieved All State VISAA honors. The top three scorers for the team were Emma Lobash with four placings in the top three for a total of 25 points; Jocelyn Covaney with 25 points, of which she had two top-three finishes; and Leyjah Hamrick scored 24 points with three second place finishes. Leyjah's accomplishments at the meet garnered her the 2019 Division II Girls Most Valuable Runner award for the meet.
The boys team improved upon last years' results with some amazing season-best performances. Patrick Murphy was the top scorer for the boys team with nine points. Some of the newcomers to the team this year became the team's top performers such as Elias Carr and Michael Dye, the dynamic duo of boys hurdling, as well as David Carter who proved himself as the team's fastest 400M runner this season. Everett Digges also proved himself in the discus by not only qualifying for state, but also being the top ninth grade thrower in the state discus competition. The boys team is developing their competitiveness and we look forward to seeing them progress next year!
The Trojans are bidding farewell to seven seniors. Two of the seniors are moving on to compete at the collegiate level: Clare Kinney will be competing in track and field for Roanoke College and Patrick Murphy will be running cross country for University of Mary Washington. We wish all our seniors the best as they head off to college. They will be missed!