Woodberry wins Dogwood title as locals perform well

Local athletes had a solid day at the Dogwood Track Classic at UVa Saturday, with Woodberry’s boys squad winning the boys team title while Fork Union’s Alex Lomong competed in one of the most impressive 800-meter races in state history.


The Tigers got a huge boost from Michael Davenport, who won the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. The Virginia Tech-bound senior was dominant, winning the 100 with a time of 10.81, a good three tenths ahead of second place Joshua Hagins out of Bethel. Robert Singleton finished fifth in the 1600-meters for the Tigers and Jack Claiborne took sixth in the 110-hurdles, ninth in the high jump and sixth in the 300 hurdles. Woodberry’s 4×100 team took second and Max Johns took seventh in the high jump for the Tigers. Shepherd Sims and Kyle Kauffman took fifth and seventh in the pole vault for Woodberry. Joseph Stephenson took eighth in the triple jump. The Tigers’ Stephen Guo finished sixth in the discus.


Lomong’s performance in the 800 was tremendous as he clocked a 1:48.67 that would’ve been a new meet record, besting John Hinton’s 1981 mark. But the race also featured a pair of incredible runners outside of Lomong in event winner Brandon McGorty of Chantilly and Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter. All three runners have clocked among the nation’s top 800 meter times.


Levord Burns finished second for Fork Union in the 300 hurdles while John Singleton took fourth in the high jump for the Blue Devils. Donovan Benoit was eighth in the shot put for FUMA.


Charlottesville’s Tariq Carrington took sixth in the 100 and seventh in the long jump. Orange’s Dequane Simmons took second in the triple jump and fifth in the 400 meters while the Hornets’ 4×100 squad took eighth..


Western’s Gannon Willcutts finished third in the 1600-meters while the Warriors took second in the boys distance medley relay.


Albemarle’s 4×100 team finished sixth, as did the 4×400 squad.


On the girls side of the meet, Albemarle’s Kathryn Mayo finished third in the 800-meters. Halley Dillenbeck for Albemarle took third in the 2000-meter steeplechase. The Albemarle girls 4×100 team took seventh while the 4×400 team finished sixth. The Patriots’ girls distance medley relay team took fourth.


Western’s Zoe Clay finished fifth in the 1600 meters while the Warriors’ DMR squad finished third. The Warriors placed three vaulters in the top 10 of the pole vault, with Sarah Tolman leading the way in third place.


Louisa’s Aaliyah Clark finished sixth in the long jump. Charlottesville’s Evonta Burnley took eighth in the triple jump. Orange’s Jasmine Tompskins took eighth in the shot put.