Hurt leads Chargers on track

Published 12:57 pm Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Sophomore Zakiyyah Hurt led the way for Central High School track and field by registering a win in the 100-meter hurdles during the 2016 James River District Track and Field Championships on May 11 at Prince Edward County High School.

She was the school’s lone first-place finisher in the event.

“My hat’s off to her,” Central track and field coach Wallace Owen said.

“She’s been doing that some here towards the end of the season, though — she’s been running better and better times each meet. So, I’m not surprised, but I’m very happy for our team, because we’ve been struggling a little bit.”

Central’s boys team produced 17 points and finished seventh out of nine teams, while the Lady Chargers generated 15 points and finished ninth.

Cumberland County High School’s boys and girls teams finished first, with 111 points and 105 points, respectively.

Senior Brandon Scott was a highlight for the Chargers, taking second place in the 300-meter hurdles and third place in the 110-meter hurdles. He also claimed seventh in the triple jump and ninth in the long jump.

Senior Taylor King took fifth place in the 3200-meter run for the Lady Chargers, and sophomore Morgan Hall placed sixth in the 1600-meter run and eighth in the 800-meter run.

Hurt also placed sixth in the 300 hurdles, eighth in the long jump and ninth in the triple jump.

Freshman Jakeriah Spraggins finished ninth in the 400-meter dash.

Among the Central boys taking seventh place was junior Brian Blaszkiewicz, in both the 800 and the 1600, junior Tenique Chavious, in the 300 hurdles, and junior Raymond Alexander, in the discus throw.

Finishing in eighth place was junior Kareem Crowder, in the 110 hurdles, Alexander in the triple jump and senior Brandon Williams in the discus throw.

Central is scheduled to compete in the Conference 42 Track and Field Championships on Wednesday in Charles City at 1:45 p.m.