Third time was the charm

Published 9:14 am Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Central High School graduate Zakiyyah Hurt, pictured on the right in photo at left, closed out her track career in fine fashion during the Virginia High School League Class 1 Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at East Rockingham High School. This was Hurt’s third straight year qualifying for states but her first year to place. The third time was the charm as she captured the bronze medal in the girls 100-meter hurdles. Her time of 17.10 seconds established a new school record in that event. In addition, Hurt, the Region 1B champion in the girls 300-meter hurdles, made a dramatic finish in that event at states to place seventh against a very tough field. Four additional Charger athletes qualified for the rain-soaked state meet. Central graduate Khamell Roberts, not pictured, placed 11th in both the boys long jump and the boys triple jump. Rising senior Jakeriah Spraggins, pictured on the left in photo at left, placed 12th in the girls 400-meter dash. Rising junior Shamond Sellers, pictured in the center in photo at left, earned 13th in the boys 110-meter hurdles. Rising junior Kendra Alexander, not pictured, placed 16th in the girls triple jump. As a team, the Lady Chargers finished in a four-way tie for 20th out of 32 teams to generate points.