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3 Statesmen Bound for States

Three members of the Marshall High School track team will be heading to the state championships at George Mason University after their performances at the Northern Region Championship meet held last weekend.

Celebrated senior Jacqueline Hargrove turned in her best effort of the season to finish fourth and claim a spot at states by a mere quarter of an inch (17 ft., .50 in.). Hargrove also finished second in the 500m, her strongest event, after getting edged out at the finish line by Cate Tisinger of Centerville.

Marshall senior Shannon McVey was disqualified from the 55m dash following a false start, but will advance to the state competition based on the strength of her performance in the event earlier in the season.

On the boys side, sophomore Alexander Saures placed third, with a throw of 45 ft., 3 in. to move on to states, though he nearly missed the competition after accidentally locking himself out of the George Mason University field house. He sprinted to get back inside in time for the event, but was too late for warm-ups. Fortunately for Saures, his third and final throw served as his ticket to the next level.

The state competition will be held this Friday and Saturday at George Mason University beginning at 4:30 p.m.


Jenkins 1st 400m, Preps for Nike Meet

George Mason High School junior Josh Jenkins took first place with a time of 50.37 in the 400m at the “1st Indoor Track Classic” in Delaware on Feb. 18. Jenkins’s time was the top mark in the Men’s Age 17 – 18 division.

As Mason has no indoor track team, Jenkins races independently during the winter months. Jenkins placed first in 2005 and second in 2006 at the Virginia Outdoor State Meet for Single A schools. He also placed 38th out of 68 runners last year at the Nike Indoor Nationals. He will again compete in that meet March 10.


Katz Claims 11th on Vault at States

George C. Marshall High School senior Laura Katz competed at the 2007 Virginia High School League gymnastics competition on Feb. 17 in Virginia Beach. Katz placed 11th in the vault with a score of 9.6 and 21st on the floor exercise with a 9.3.

Katz qualified for the state competition with her earlier performance in the Northern Region Championships. She is the reigning Liberty District vault champion.