Alexander, Hurt finish strong

Published 11:53 am Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Central High School was represented well by senior Raymond Alexander and junior Zakiyyah Hurt at the Virginia High School League Group 1A state outdoor track and field championships over the weekend in Elkton.

Though ranked 15th in the boys discus throw entering the state meet, Alexander medaled and earned all-state status by finishing fifth with a 124-foot-9-inch throw, his second-best career performance.

“Raymond has been dealing with some late season injuries that have hampered him in the latter part of the season,” Central Coach Wallace Owen said. “Coach Derek Burke and I decided to remove him from his other events after districts and let him concentrate on his best event. I think this was a good decision.”

Coach Burke said Alexander’s performance represented the “best throw of his life, at the biggest meet of his life, on his last throw of the finals.”

Alexander is a four-year letterman in track.

Hurt just missed qualifying for the finals of the girls 100-meter hurdles but produced her best time of the year — 18.09 seconds, which was good for 10th. Only the top eight advanced to the finals.

“Tenth in the state is not bad, and she has another year to improve,” Owen said.

Hurt has qualified for the state meet the past two years.

“We expect great things from Zakiyyah her senior year,” Owen said.