LYNCHBURG Va. – Rocky River’s Christopher Alexander and Jirah Sidberry strutted their stuff in field events to lead county participants in the Virginia Showcase, an indoor track and field super event featuring over 470 teams and associations from around the country, Jan. 18 to 20 at Liberty University.
Sidberry jumped the sixth-best long jump distance this season, while Alexander turned in the fifth-best triple jump and 10th-best long jump in the nation.
Below is a school-by-school look at how each team fared.
Note: Not every individual or relay was conducted in the same race. For each event, there were several different races based off age and time. Elite races were by invitation only.
Leah Proctor competed in two events, placing seventh in the 400-meter run (1:00.77, the third-fastest time in the state this season) and 11th in the 200. Asa Simmons was fifth in the 55 hurdles.
Taylor Henry finished 34th in the 200 and ran in the preliminaries of the 55-meter dash, but did not qualify for the finals.
Super sophomore Cora Cooke led the Mustang charge by placing very high in two track events while Addie Renner put up a great showing in the field events.
Cooke continued her standout season by placing second in the 1,000 (2:59.45, which is N.C. No. 3 this season) and fourth in the 1-mile (5:27.62).
Renner placed third in the high jump with a 5-8.0, which is N.C. No. 3 this season.
Bealsey Gordon placed seventh in the 500 (1:19.89, which is N.C. No. 10 this season) and was 42nd in the 300.
Joelle Ryan placed 17th in the 1,000 and was 31st in the 1,600.
Ariana Rivera represented the Panthers, placing 19th in the 300 and 20th in the 55 hurdles.
Molly Firr led the Charger girl track runners by placing fourth in the 1,000 (3:00.26, which is N.C. No. 4 this season) and 20th in the 1-mile run.
Eliza Cardwell was the top field athlete as she took sixth in the triple jump (35-0, which ties for N.C. No. 12) and 14th in the long jump.
Camryn Taylor was 15th in the 500 and 64th in the 300; Falon Spearman placed 55th in the 300; and Kai Mawougbe was 57th in the 500.
Spearman, Santana Spearman, Cardwell and Ijeoma Eziri all competed in the 55 hurdles, but did not advance to the finals.
The Charger boys had three runners compete in elite invitation-only events and they more than held their own as Christian Landis was 11th in the 2-mile (9:35.11, which is N.C. No. 4 this season) while Jason Krell (21st, 4:28.40, which is N.C. No. 7 this season) and Adam Habas (44th, 4:42.99, which is N.C. No. 17 this season) ran great races.
Habas (18th, 2:38.61, which is tied for N.C. No. 12) and Krell (27th, 2:40.23, which is tied for N.C. No. 28) also ran well in the 1,000 and joined Adam Roupas (17th in 500 and 23rd in the 200), Kelechi Eziri (ninth in the long jump, 20-9, which is N.C. No. 26, and was 37th in the 200) and John Smith and Andrew Riolo, who went 82nd and 83rd, respectively, in the 3,200.
The Ravens unleashed field stars Jirah Sidberry and Christopher Alexander, and they delivered.
Sidberry, the N.C. State commit, placed fourth in the girls long jump invitation-only event, clearing 19-2, which is N.C. No. 2 and over a foot past the nearest competitor. In fact, 19-2 in the No. 6 jump in the country this indoor season according to Athletic.net.
Alexander wouldn’t be outdone, though. The senior placed third in the invitation-only long jump (23-3, which is N.C. No. 4, but is the 10th best jump in the nation this indoor season). In addition, Alexander jumped 43-9.5 in the triple jump, which was fourth at the elite invitation-only event, but is the N.C. No. 1 jump and the No. 5 jump in the nation.