With a strong showing across all event groups, Collegiate’s boys track team won the 2020 VISAA indoor championship in competition among 24 schools today in the Bolling Fieldhouse on the campus of St. Christopher’s School.
The victory was the Collegiate boys’ first-ever indoor state title.
The Cougars, who scored in 13 of 15 events, amassed 106 points. St. Christopher’s was second with 98 followed by Woodberry Forest (61), Fork Union (58) and Virginia Episcopal (40).
Collegiate’s girls' squad placed second among 22 entries with 71.5 points. St. Catherine’s won the state title with 162.5 points. Norfolk Academy placed third (52), Episcopal fourth (40) and St. Stephen’s-St. Agnes fifth (37.5).
Four Collegiate athletes earned individual state titles: Liam Bellamy in the 500 (1:06.70), Alfred Stratford in the high jump (6-5), Donald Adams in the long jump (22-5) and Ashley D’Ambrosia in the pole vault (10-6).
Bellamy also placed second in the 1600 and third in the 100. Adams placed second in the 300, an event in which he was seeded ninth, and fourth in the 55.
The team competition was close throughout, but personal best performances by Johnny White (third, 9:48.40) and Clay Ryan (seventh, 10:01.84) in the 3200, the meet’s penultimate event, ensured the Cougars’ victory. White also placed fourth (4:31.48) in a very strong 1600 field.
“Today’s team effort was unbelievable,” said boys' head coach Brent Miller. “We had a lot of athletes perform well about where they were seeded and really helped us compete today. Our three captains who competed today – Liam, Donald and Johnny – did an amazing job in each of their events. I’m so proud of them and so proud of the effort that everybody put in today.”
Lilly Hall placed second in the triple jump (34-0.25). Charlotte Smith was runner-up in the pole vault (9-6). The Cougars scored in 11 of 15 events in the girls competition.
Please click here for a complete listing of individual results and here for team scores.