Albemarle, Orange competitors perform well at Region 5A North track meet

No local squad may have walked away with a team title Wednesday at the Group 5A North track meet at UVa, but several local competitors put together huge outings to stand out from a challenging, competitive field.


Orange County’s Dequane Simmons put together a massive performance Wednesday, winning a region title in the 300 hurdles while finishing as the runner-up in the 200-meter dash and third in the triple jump. The Hornets’ senior coasted to the win in the 300 hurdles by nearly three full seconds.


Albemarle’s girls 4×800 team also made a huge mark with a region title run that set a new meet record as the quartet of Halley Dillenbeck, Lauren Hughlett, Kathryn Mayo and Ryan Helmers finished in 9:30.61 to edge out second place Tuscarora.


The Albemarle girls, who won the Conference 16 championship, finished seventh as a team in the meet, with the 4×800 victory leading the way. Helmers also added a couple of top seven finishes, taking third in the 1600 and seventh in the 800. Mayo took second in the 800 while Kenzie Lloyd took fourth in the 3200. Gabriella Bock rounded out the Patriots’ effort with a fifth in the 1600.


The Albemarle boys’ relay teams sparked them to a 14th-place finish with a fifth place finish in the 4×100 and two sixth place finishes in the 4×400 and 4×800. Rooney Turay also performed well, taking fourth in the 300 hurdles and seventh in the high jump. Zach Mackenzie took 10th in the 800.


Simmons’ performance boosted Orange County’s boys to a 10th place finish with some help from Gage Whited who took sixth in the discus and John Agee finished sixth in 300 hurdles.


The Orange girls took 18th as a team. Jazmin Carter took fourth in the triple jump while Zaria Grant took eighth, Lucy Delgado finished ninth in high jump and Jasmine Tompskins took seventh in the shotput. Caroline Marquis had a pair of top 10 finishes, taking ninth in 1600 and 10th in the 800.