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Prep Winter Track Notepad: Competitors expecting unexpected at districts

SEE ALSO: Prep Winter Track Top Performances

The Commonwealth District hasn’t determined whether its winter track and field meet will be held next Wednesday or Friday at Brooke Point High School.

Mountain View coach Dave Davis said Wednesday appears to be the sunnier day of the two, but Friday is expected to be warmer.

There could be just as much uncertainty in the competitions.

“On the boys’ side, it’s a fight between almost everybody,” Davis said. “There’s nobody on the boys’ side that really stands out. On the girls’ side, I would expect Colonial Forge has the edge on everybody. Hopefully, if we were healthy enough, we could make a push at it.”

Mountain View standout junior sprinter Meshala Morton has battled a shin injury throughout the season.

Davis wanted Morton to increase her distance, but that plan may have to wait until the spring.

Morton typically competed in the 55 meters and the 300. Davis wants her to run the 400 and 800 during the spring season.

“She’s getting healthier,” Davis said. “But when you get a shin problem, you try to back off. We’re looking at the 500 right now, so that’s moving up a little bit.”

Davis’ boys had high expectations entering this season, but have struggled because of injuries and attrition.

“We thought we were going to be pretty good, but there were a couple of kids that decided to go out the back door,” Davis said. “So we’re not going to be that good.”

The Wildcats will get a chance to preview two dozen of their athletes (12 boys and 12 girls) at the Atlantic Coast Invitational on Saturday at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton.

REACHING NEW HEIGHTS

Louisa’s Raeshawn Bishop established the No. 1 triple jump in Group AA this past weekend at the St. Christopher’s Invitational in Richmond.

Bishop leaped 46 feet, 7 inches to earn the title in the event. Bishop also has the top high jump in the state this season (6–4). King George’s Davion Hutt is ranked No. 1 in the state in the 55 (6.61 seconds).

—Taft Coghill Jr.

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