New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | May 26, 2018

Trojans’ track team finish runner-up in 3A regional championship

New Kent's Julius Jacobs (left) outstrides Booker T. Washington's Azariah Bright in the second heat of the boys' 200-meter dash.Robb Johnson photo

After winning a majority of meets this year, New Kent’s boys’ track and field team were upset by Bay Rivers District foe Tabb at the Class 3A Region A meet Thursday inside their home stadium. New Kent scored 130 points, settling for the runner-up position to the Tigers 141 points. Lakeland rounded out the top three with 111.75 points. New Kent’s Patrick Johnson, C.J. Reeders, Will Tolley, and boys’ 4×100 meter relay teams all brought home first place finishes. Johnson won the 1600-meter run with a time of 4:43.38, while Tolley’s clearance of 14’0” won him the pole vault competition….
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    New Kent hurler Gracie Ellis commands the mound as she struck out eight in Friday's contest.Robb Johnson photo

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    New Kent catcher Chris Wade (left) prepares to apply a tag to Lakeland baserunner Josh Bennett for an out.Robb Johnson photo

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