12 May 2012
The 2012 Fluvanna Invitational Track meet was held at the old high school on Saturday (May 4). The Fluco girls’ team turned in an outstanding performance easily taking first place with 120 points. The second place team, Louisa County, was far behind, with 85 points. On the boys’ side, Fluvanna County’s Fork Union Military Academy finished first with 119 points. The Fluco boys’ team was eighth out of eighteen schools, and finished second among the five Jefferson District schools that competed in the meet.
Coach Rose Brogan’s girls’ team was led by a number of outstanding performers.
Leading the way was Greer Brown, who showed extraordinary talent and versatility. Brown took second place in the high jump, the 200 meter dash, and the 100 meter hurdles, recording 8 points for the Fluco girls’ team in each of these events. Brown also finished fifth in the triple jump to record 2 more points and she was a member of the Flucos’ first place 4X100 meter relay team, which gained 10 points for the Flucos. Thus, if she is credited with 2.5 points for the relay teams’ win, Brown was responsible for 28.5 of the Flucos’ points, scoring more points than half of the schools in the fourteen team event.
Although Greer’s performance was awesome, other Flucos also turned in outstanding performances. Hannah Meader won ten points for the Flucos with a first place finish in the pole vault. Meader cleared 11 feet, six inches, to best her nearest competitor by a full foot. Madison Kline also recorded ten points by winning the 300 meter hurdle event. Kline was more than 1.5 seconds faster than the second place finisher. Kline also demonstrated her versatility with a fourth place finish in the high jump, and a fourth place finish in the 100 meter hurdles, for a total of eight more points.
The Fluco girls’ team is strong across the board. In the longer races the team looks to Nicole Douma. She did not disappoint in this meet. Douma recorded eight points with a second place finish in the 800 meter run, and six points with a third place finish in the 1600 meter race. The Fluco girls also received outstanding performances in the throwing events. Courtney Searcy was second in the discus and fifth in the shot put to record ten points, while Casey Dudley took third in the discus to add six points to the Flucos’ total. Moving back to the shorter distances, in the 100 meter dash, Aesia Toliver recorded six points for the Flucos with a third place finish.
The Flucos 4X400 meter relay team took second, and its 4X800 relay team finished fourth. These teams gained the Flucos 12 more points. The previously mentioned 4X100 team that took first consisted of: Marina Banks, Greer Brown, Emily Farina, and Aesia Toliver. The 4X400 team consisted of: Malika Hill, Brooke Haislip, Hannah Meader and Madison Kline. The 4X800 relay team consisted of: Devon Burger, Hayley Kline, Peyton Olinger and Rachel Devore.
The top performers for the Fluco boys’ team, which is coached by Tom Casto, were: Chris Markham who finished first in the 3200 meter run with a time of 10:08.32, to win by 1.73 seconds, and Bryan Kenward,.who recorded a second place finish in the 300 meter hurdles, and a sixth place finish in the 110 meter hurdles. For these finishes, Markham gained 10 points, while Kenward recorded nine points. Another eight points came from the pole vault event. Chance Parmly finished in second place even though he tied for the highest vault. Staton Mayfield of Fork Union beat Parmly out on fewer misses. Both cleared an impressive 14 feet six inches. The boys’ team also performed well in the discus event. Nate Szarmach and Devin Goode finished fifth and sixth respectively to score three points for their team. In the 4X 800 relay event, the Fluco team of: Chris Markham, Travis Moe, Nate Ludwig and Kevin Hogan took fifth place to garner two points.
In addition to Mayfield, Fork Union had first place finishes by: Jordan Roach in the discus, Michael Idziak in the 800 meter run, Obiero Okeyo in the triple jump, and Clyde Gross in the 110 meter hurdles. The FUMA relay team of:Denver Wright, Dj Rsandle El, Gross, and Jay Gafford won the 4X100 meter relay, while the Fuma team of: Anton Bartesevich, Idziak, Avery Martin and Piotr Wojenski won the 4X400 meter relay.
Photos by Fluvanna Sports Photography.