Senior star snags first place at track state championship


Mary Ann Magnant

Senior Glenn Skinner competes in 6A 300 meter state meet at the Virginia Beach Sports Center on March 1.

Glenn Skinner claimed the 6A 300-meter state champion title on March 1 at the Virginia Beach Sports Center. After running a 34.93 in the 300 at regionals, he ran a 34.71 at states, missing the school record by just 0.1 seconds. 

“I looked at my time, and it wasn’t really the school record; I mainly wanted to get both, but it was alright. I was about .09 [seconds] away from it, but it was pretty fun to look at my time and see that I won it,” said Glenn.

Glenn raced in the 55-meter dash and placed third with a 6.59. 

“The 300 was always my goal because there is no 400 or 200 when we are running indoors, and I am not a straight sprint person. The 300 was my race,” said Glenn.

Glenn’s success at states can be attributed to the countless hours spent at the track doing a plethora of workouts, and his new track coach Ashton Thoroughgood. During freshman year, Glenn strained his groin, and sophomore year, he pulled his piriformis, a small muscle in the glutes. Thoroughgood helped Glenn fix his form before regionals and states.  

“On an average day [in the offseason], I would be at Kellam with Hayden, and we would just run a lot of college-type workouts with selective times to run, sprint workouts, and technique stuff. We were there every day except maybe twice a week,” said Glenn.

In the future, Glenn plans to run track in college. His top choice is Point Park University, but he is still waiting to see if he gets any Division 1 offers. 

“I knew Glenn had potential at track during his sophomore year in his outdoor season when he was running with a recovering hamstring and only ran three-fourths of his race, but during that three-fourths, he blew the competition out of the water. I knew he could do something big after that,” said Thoroughgood.