The Carver Middle School girls’ track team is a special group. “I’ve been coaching a long time, and I’ve never seen a squad with talent as deep as this one possesses,” commented head coach Geoff LeSueur at a recent practice. “They really have no clue how special they are.”
The Cougars dominated their southern division competition, taking their second straight regular season title. At this week’s Southern Division Meet at Virginia State, Carver will be heavily favored as they prepare for the May 4th County Meet at Manchester High School.
Strong across the board, Carver hopes to send multiple athletes to the county meet in each of the 14 events. Leading the way will be sprinters Premiere Costen and Deja Powell. The pair has dominated the 100 and 200. Premiere has routinely been a 30 foot triple jumper, while Deja also leads the way in the shot. Ainsley Greenwald joins her fellow eighth graders as the outstanding middle distance runner in the county.
Marijah Mosely has routinely scored in all three jumps and is the Cougars’ best hurdler. Deja Mayfield adds her versatility, covering distances ranging from the 100M hurdles to the 1600. Seventh grader Iyana Wongus may be the most talented of the lot. A gifted athlete, Wongus recently leaped over 15’ in a recent practice. She is also comfortable covering any distance from 100M to 1600M. Urissa Oriente and Kirsten Parker have been consistently good in the shot and discus, while Caroline Johnson has been coming on in the 3200M. Johnson also stars on the Carver soccer team. Amaiya Jemmott has stepped up in the jumps and sprints.
Nowhere have the Cougars’ light shone as it has with its relay teams. At the Manchester relays, Carver took firsts in the 4x800 and the 4x400. They fell to second in the 4x100 as a result of some indifferent exchanges that have since been cleaned up. The 4x400 team ran a 4:19 at Manchester, a school record and one of the fastest middle school times in history.
Other members of the team that hopes to bring home Carver’s first ever County Championship include Brina Bentley, Abby Sweeney, Jasmine Jones, Skie Rice, Alexis Kelley (who doubles as Carver’s Student of the Year!), Janaan Shamsid-Dean, Zariah Hughes, Holland Chisholm, Tayshia Randolph, Kiara Bell, Anna Pope, Danette Burden, April Ross, Kendra Stephens, Lauryn Millard, Claudia Burch, Breyana Farrell, Yasmin Turner-Ward, Savannah Hazlett, Brittni Pettway, Ma’ryn Stozier, Naveh Baylor, Morgan Waddill, Jiva Warek, Savannah McNeilly, Abby Willis, Eileena Jones, and Bria Blankumsee.