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Ficenic wins 1,000-meter state crown

BY TAFT COGHILL JR.

HAMPTON—Kimberley Ficenec is at her best when she’s patient.

The Mountain View High School senior track and field star doesn’t want to get off to blazing starts.

Instead she stays close behind the leader until she’s ready to make a move.

The strategy paid dividends on Saturday during the Group AAA state indoor meet at Boo Williams Sportsplex.

Ficenec captured the state title in the 1,000 meters for the second straight season. And this time, she set a state meet record to boot.

She finished the race in 2:51.46, just ahead of Cosby’s Megan Moye, who led the race until the final lap.

“She slowed down a bit,” Ficenec said of Moye. “Once they rang the ball [signaling the final lap], I was like ‘Okay, it’s time to go.’”

When Ficenec finally stopped going, she was met at the finish line by head coach Dave Davis. The veteran coach embraced Ficenec and told her “Good job, baby girl.”

Davis said he was pleased because Ficenec put a mild disappointment in the 1,600 behind her. She finished second to Moye in that event, but quickly regrouped for the 1,000.

“It was all her,” Davis said. “She jogged, took a cold water bath and got herself mentally ready. A win’s a win, and the state record is great. But I’m more impressed with how she came back the way she did.”

Ficenec wasn’t the only impressive Stafford County athlete in the two-day event.

Teammate Nic Wolfe placed second in the 1,000. Stafford sophomore Ashley Hinton finished second in the pole vault. The Colonial Forge 3,200 relay team placed third, while Stafford’s Justin Crabbe (500), and Colonial Forge teammates David Pennesi (1,600) and Brian O’Loughlin (3,200) earned fourth-place finishes.

Wolfe, an Alabama recruit, has participated in the 1,000 only a handful of times this season. Davis said Wolfe has struggled some in the distance races this year, but “finally the mental part caught up with the physical aspect.”

“I’m pretty stoked,” said Wolfe, who normally runs longer races. “I tense up a lot, but today I was loose. My coach told me to only worry about myself. I did, and it worked.”

Crabbe was the opposite of Ficenec on Saturday. He got off to a strong start, and led much of his race. However, he ran out of energy toward the end, and settled for fourth place. He said he’s satisfied with the race considering he missed five weeks of the season with a pulled hamstring.

“The first lap, I was doing good,” Crabbe said. “I felt like I could keep it up, and give a little extra at the end.”

O’Loughlin was able to stick with the front of a fast pack in a hotly contested 3,200. But Commonwealth District rival Adam Visokay of Albemarle pulled away in the end. Still, O’Loughlin set a personal-best with a time of 9:20.10.

“I couldn’t be happier,” said O’Loughlin, who has signed with Virginia Tech. “I left it all out there.”

O’Loughlin helped the Eagles to the best finish among boys teams from the Fredericksburg area. Colonial Forge placed 10th with 17 points, well off the pace of first-place Western Branch (48 points). The Eagles believed they had a shot at the first Group AAA state track title in area history, but co-head coach Sean Leyh said the meet was a “roller coaster.”

“There were a lot of great teams here, so we knew it would take a perfect day,” Leyh said. “And we didn’t have a perfect day.”

GIRLS MEET

Team scores: 1. Cosby 54; 10. Mountain View 20; 21. Stafford 8; 41. Colonial Forge 2; 46. North Stafford 1.

Long jump: 1. Felecia Majors (South County) 19-1.

High jump: 1. Brianna Hayes (Matoaca) 5–8.

Triple jump: 1. Shakeela Saunders (Nansemond River) 40-3.

Pole vault: 1. Majors (South County) 12–0; 2. Ashley Hinton (St) 11–0.

Shot put: 1. Kiara Howell (Grassfield) 46–1.

55 meters: 1. Carolyn Brown (Phoebus) 6.96; 8. Meshala Morton (MV) 7.23.

55 hurdles: 1. Taranisha Taylor (Western Branch) 7.95.

300: 1. Tanisha Greene (Landstown) 38.98.

500: 1. Maya Moore (Bethel) 1:15.76.

1,000: 1. Kimberley Ficenec (MV) 2:51.46.

1,600: 1. Megan Moye (Cosby) 4:53.42; 2. Ficenec (MV) 4:59.15;

7. Frances Morales (CF) 5:05.18;

8. Emily Debrito (NS) 5:07.67.

3,200: 1. Moye (Cosby) 10:25.06.

800 relay: 1. Western Branch 1:42.31.

1,600 relay: 1. Cosby 3:53.36; 8. Mountain View (Bailee Hubert, Jenny Westerholm, Morton, Ficenec) 4:02.36.

3,200 relay: 1. Cosby 9:16.65.

BOYS MEET

Team scores: 1. Western Branch 48; 10. Colonial Forge 17; 16. Stafford 12; 26. Mountain View 9.

Long jump: 1. Jamarian Bates (Matoaca) 23–11.

High jump: 1. Nick Simmons (J.R. Tucker) 6–10.

Triple jump: 1. Anaquan Peterson (Lakeland) 47–5.

Pole vault: 1. Brad Johnson (Kellam) 15–3.

Shot put: 1. Taylor Frenia (Kempsville) 59–7.

55 meters: 1. Mustaqeem Williams (Forest Park) 6.37.

55 hurdles: 1. Trey Holloway (Grassfield) 7.32.

300: 1. Michael Cherry (Oscar Smith) 34.08.

500: 1. Cherry (Oscar Smith) 1:04.20; 4. Justin Crabbe (St) 1:06.16.

1,000: 1. Ahmed Bile (Annandale) 2:26.44; 2. Nic Wolfe (MV) 2:32.65; 8. Brandon Hinton (St) 2:34.64.

1,600: 1. Logan Miller (Chantilly) 4:15.48; 4. David Pennesi (CF) 4:18.25; 7. Greg Bohmke (St) 4:20.88.

3,200: 1. Adam Visokay (Albemarle) 9:15.37; 4. Brian O’Loughlin (CF) 9:20.10.

800 relay: 1. Western Branch 1:30.16; 8. Colonial Forge (Ricky Cappetta, Trey Reed, Daniel Ezeagwu, Pete Reed) 1:32.57.

1,600 relay: 1. Westfield 3:23.76.

3,200 relay: 1. Westfield 7:53.75;

3. Colonial Forge (O’Loughlin, Corey Dabney, Cappetta, Pennesi) 7:56.38; 5. Stafford (Bohmke, Luke Lysher, Ian Macleod, Hinton) 8:00.69; 8. Mountain View (Ben Sorensen, Alex Bukovich, Jesus Amezquita, Nic Wolfe) 8:05.43.

Taft Coghill Jr.: 540/374-5526

tcoghill@freelancestar.com

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