Shore Track and Field Athletes Shine at State Tournament

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Members of Nandua’s track teams pause for a group photo at the state tournament held June 19 in Harrisonburg, Va. Not pictured: Madison Johnson. Photo by Courtney Harned.

By Matthew Yoder and Connie Morrison –
Athletes from Chincoteague, Nandua, and Arcadia participated in the Virgina High School League Track and Field State Championships held June 18 and 19 in Harrisonburg, Va.

Chincoteague standout Emma Jackson placed first in the 100-meter dash, fourth place in girls discus, and 10th place in girls long jump in the Class 1 division held June 18.

In Class II competition, Nandua’s Carlo Balmoria recorded strong showings, taking sixth place in the boys 1600-meter run, 11th place in the boys 800-meter race, and sharing an eighth-place finish with teammates David Gastelum, Ethan Harrower, and Brayden Shotwell in the 4×800 relay. Kennis Bailey, Ethan Elliot, Jordan Jones, and Gerald Pitt took fourth place in the 4×100 relay. The Nandua boys team tied for 22nd place overall.

The Nandua girls top finishers included Amber Myers, with a third-place finish in the girls 100-meter hurdles, and Amizyah Harmon, who placed fourth in the 100-meter dash. The girls team tied for 18th place overall.

Arcadia’s Kevin Cropper, placed third in the high jump, 11th in the triple jump, and shared a sixth-place finish in the 4×100 relay with teammates Terrance Reid, Markell Williams, and Renaldo Tull Jr. The Arcadia boys team finished 21st overall.

Arcadia girls saw two 12th place wins: Kalya Wharton in the 100-meter dash and Aniyah Miles in the triple jump.

2021 VHSL Class 1
State Championship

Chincoteague
Girls 100 Meters
1. Emma Jackson, Chincoteague, 13.2
Girls Discus
4. Emma Jackson, 106’4”
Girls Long Jump
10. Emma Jackson, 14’9”

2021 VHSL Class 2
State Championship

Nandua High School Boys
The Nandua boys team tied for 22nd place.
Boys 800 Meters
11. Carlo Balmoria, 2:15.90
Boys 1600 Meters
6. Carlo Balmoria, 5:00.78
Boys 4×800 Relay
8. Nandua (Carlo Balmoria, David
Gastelum, Ethan Harrower, Brayden
Shotwell), 9:30.53
Boys 4×100 Relay
4. Nandua (Kennis Bailey, Ethan Elliot, Jordan Jones, Gerald Pitt), 46.42

Nandua High School Girls
The Nandua girls team tied for 18th place.
Girls 100 Meters
4. Amizyah Harmon, 13.42
Girls 100-Meter Hurdles
3. Amber Myers, 17.02
Girls 400 Meters
14. Madison Johnson, 1:10.50
15. Lacy Gouldin, 1:11.88
Girls 1600 Meters
14. Layla Jones, 7:01.58
Girls Discus
16. Madison Johnson, 70’1”

Arcadia High School Girls
Girls 100 Meters
12. Kayla Wharton, 13.79
Girls Triple Jump
12. Aniyah Miles, 23’10”

Arcadia High School Boys
Arcadia’s boys team placed 21st overall.
Boys 100 Meters
11. Markell Williams, 11.45
Boys 110-Meter Hurdles
8. Renaldo Tull Jr., 17.87
Boys 4×100 Relay
6. Arcadia (Terrance Reid, Markell
Williams, Kevin Cropper Jr., Renaldo
Tull Jr.), 46.78
Boys Triple Jump
11. Kevin Cropper Jr., 37’10”
Boys High Jump
3. Kevin Cropper Jr., 6’