KF relays shows off speed

Published 9:58 pm Friday, June 30, 2017

King’s Fork High School’s boys’ relay teams have shown their potential and speed this school year.

The Bulldogs 4×100 team recently placed second at the 4A state outdoor meet early in June. Back during the indoor 4A state championship, the 4×200 team placed second as well. A common theme here is that the Bulldogs have a lot of speed to showcase.

Before heading to the 4A state outdoor meet in Harrisonburg, the 4×100 team had the second fastest qualifying time. The Bulldogs were pretty confident they could make some noise at the state meet. They believed if they ran a clean race and had good exchanges, they could do something special.

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Even though they didn’t take first place, the team of Lawrence Smith, Joel Iglesias, Nasir Davis and Bryan Walker were able to bring home second with a time of 42.54. The first-place team finished with a time of 42.43.

Lawrence Smith runs a leg for King’s Fork High School at the 4A state meet. The King’s Fork 4×100 relay team took home second place.
Jon Fleming photo

“Our anchor, Bryan Walker, ran a phenomenal leg but came up just short of running down Jamestown’s anchor,” Bulldogs coach Shawn Warren said. “The kids were disappointed of course, because we didn’t run our best race, and we were still so close to winning it. However, after the initial emotions wore off, I think they realized that they had a great season, and being state runner-up is an excellent accomplishment.”

Warren is excited about next year, as he believes the Bulldogs are in a position to continue success. Davis, Walker and Iglesias will be the top three sprinters returning. King’s Fork will look to replace Smith, which won’t be an easy task, because of his versatility. The athletes are also excited for what’s to come.

“I feel like as a team our speed has progressed a lot this season,” Davis said. “We have a lot of potential to make the first-place next year.”

Next season the Bulldogs are optimistic about being one of the fastest teams in the Tidewater area. The boys’ team made a big impression at the 4A state meet, but the girls performed solidly as well. King’s Fork had multiple athletes medal at the meet. Smith placed fourth in the 400-meter dash. Davis placed fifth in the 100-meter dash. Iglesias placed fifth in the 200-meter dash.

For the girls’ team, Asia Rawlings placed fifth in the 100-meter dash. The girls’ 4×100 team of Kaia Young, Azza Harvey, Alexis Banks and Rawlings placed fifth.