Boys indoor track runs away with regional championship

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Mike Nestor

Boys Indoor Track Team (from left: Alex Blakely, Hayden Oglesby, Glen Skinner, Isreal Olukanni, Anderson Burns, Robbie Scornavacchi, Owen Lipps, Matthew Lanzilotta, Nate Bushy, Preston Haney, and Harrison Ladd) gathers to present their first place victory trophy at the Virginia Beach Sports Center on Monday Feb. 15.

Turner Demers, News Editor

The 6A Regional Championship for boys indoor track was claimed by Ocean Lakes for the first time in 11 years on Feb. 15. 

“Our boys track team won the Regional Championship this indoor season for the first time in a decade. This feat can be attributed to a great balance of sprinting and distance running,” said coach Mike Nestor. “The coaching staff has so much respect for our athletes who kept in shape and communicated so well during our 10 months hiatus from competition.” Nestor.

Ocean Lakes placed first in the 300m, the 500m, the 4x400m, the 1000m, and the 3200m events. The 300m was won by Glenn Skinner and second place was claimed by Hayden Oglesby. Hayden won the 500m in 1:08.86. The 4×400 team of Alex Blakely, Glenn Skinner, Robbie Scornavacchi, and Hayden Oglesby placed first in 3:36.32. Owen Lipps won the 1000m while Harrison Ladd won the 3200m. 

“The feeling was great going into the meet. I think we knew we could do something great and everything just came together for us. Each athlete did their part,” said senior short distance runner Hayden Oglesby.

Individuals who placed in the top three in their event will advance to the state championship; Ocean Lakes will send nine runners to the state competition for their events on March 1 at the Virginia Beach Sports Center.

“I trained really hard over the summer, so winning regionals for my events were mandatory before the season even began,” said senior Glenn Skinner. “It feels great, but I’m more interested in winning states.”

Ocean Lakes concluded the day with 111 points, a three point difference from second place school Thomas Dale. 

“We had some guys running different events to get us more points and it worked out great for us in the end.” said senior short distance runner Anderson Burns.