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Kettle Run boys claim 1st district track title, Fauquier girls win too

Thursday, Feb. 7 | By Jeff Malmgren
Kettle Run's Melvina Brown accounted for 32 points. --Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
Even with a test in government class on the docket, Wednesday couldn’t have gone much better for Josh Tapscott.

At 8 a.m. the Kettle Run senior signed with the University of Wyoming for a football scholarship. Then, after attending a few classes, he led the Cougars’ boys winter track team to its first district championship in program history.

Tapscott had a hand in 18 of the Kettle Run boys’ 94 points, helping the Cougars convincingly beat the Fauquier Falcons at home in Nokesville. Fauquier finished with 63 points, while the Brentsville Tigers had 39 and the Liberty Eagles had 28, giving Kettle Run the title.

“It’s what we wanted. We knew it was possible,” Tapscott said. “It’s awesome. … We were really weak in some areas [in past seasons], like long distance, so we couldn’t really get all the points that we needed.”

Meanwhile, the Fauquier girls won the Evergreen title with 74.5 points, edging Kettle Run, which had 73. Brentsville had 42 points and Liberty had 32.5.

Despite never winning a district title prior to this season, the Kettle Run boys entered the 2012-13 meet with confidence.

“Of all the teams I’ve had in the [five years of the] program, at the start of it I knew this was going to be the year that we excelled,” Cougars coach Nikki Jenkins said. “I’m extremely excited. I’m like a proud mother.”

Kettle Run won eight boys events and four girls events, while Fauquier won seven girls events and four boys events, and the Liberty girls won one event. The girls competition came down to the final event – the 1,600-meter relay.

Fauquier’s 1,600 team of Claire Burke, Briana Hill, Morgan Ryan and Sarah Thorton beat the Cougars by nearly 14 seconds with a time of 4 minutes, 19.54 seconds to add six points to the Fauquier girls’ team score. Kettle Run (4:33.14) got four points for its runner-up finish, giving the Falcons the 74.5-73 advantage in the team standings.

“It feels good,” Hill said. “We really wanted to kill it in this last [race]. We knew we were close to beating them and this last one would get us the points we needed to win.”

Conversely, the Kettle Run boys dominated Fauquier from the beginning of the district meet. Tapscott led the way with victories in the 55-meter dash (6.43), long jump (20 feet, 11.25 inches) and 800 relay (1:34.24) with teammates Carlos Vegerano, Austin Lewis and Austin Rodgers.

Also winning for the Kettle Run boys were Matt Eggers in the shot put (45-6.5), Rollin Buffington in the triple jump (39-0), R.J. Johnson in the 55 hurdles and Vegerano in the high jump (6-0).

The Fauquier girls beat Kettle Run despite a phenomenal day by the Cougars’ Melvina Brown, who accounted for 32 points. The Kettle Run junior won the triple jump (34-0), 55 hurdles (8.94), long jump (16-7.5) and 800 relay with teammates Cara Phillips, Rose Wilkers and Aberle Rodgers (1:52.74). Brown also placed second in the 55 (7.41) and high jump (4-8).

Hill countered for the Falcons with victories in the 300 (43.94) and 55 (7.19). Also winning for the Fauquier girls were Dominique Johnson in the shot put (32-0), Marissa McGinty in the pole vault (9-0), Claire Burke in the 500 (1:20.74) and Jordyn O’Saben in the 1,600 (5:52.74).

Winning for the Fauquier boys were Tyler Benson in 300 (37.34), Grant Holmes in the pole vault (13-6), Raul Chavez in the 500, and Benson, Chavez, Ed Delavergne and Frank Delavergne in the 1,600 relay (3:39.24). For the Kettle Run boys, Connery Ryon, Brad Houska, Lucas Farmer and Marshall Adzima won the 3,200 relay (8:42.64), while Liberty’s Erin Morant won the girls high jump (4-10).

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