By Katie Smythe
alexandrianews.org

T.C. Boys – Occoquan Region Indoor Track & Field Champs (courtesy photo)

The T. C. Williams boys’ indoor track and field team won the Occoquan Region Championship by a decisive margin on Feb. 14. The T. C. Williams girls’ team finished as regional runners-up, missing top honors by six points.

Earlier this month both the boys and girls teams won the 2018 Gunston District Championships. T. C. Williams had 54 athletes qualify for the regional championship. Under the new VHSL structure the Occoquan Region (6C) includes 18 schools from three districts – Gunston, Patriot and Cardinal.

On the boys’ side, T. C. sprinters dominated the 55 meter dash, finishing 1-2-4. Junior Ibrahim Bangura was the 2018 Occoquan Region champion and senior Kai Cole was runner-up; sophomore Anthony Eaton took fourth place. These were the identical results as the Gunston District Championship. The T. C. boys also won the 4x200 meter relay.

Titans finish 1-2 in 55 meter Dash (Photo: MileSplit)

Similar to the district finals, Titans finished 1-2 in boys’ shot put. Senior Josue Pineda was the 2018 regional champion and senior Sterling Johnson was runner-up; they finished in opposite order at the district championship. In pole vault, senior Daniel Walsh, who was the Gunston District champion, finished in third place at regionals.

For the T. C. girls, junior Nyla Ward won both the 55 meter dash and the long jump. She was also Gunston District champion in these same events. Ward currently holds the No. 1 ranking in Virginia in long jump (19’5”) for this season. In girls’ shot put, junior Courtney Holford was the 2018 regional champion after finishing as runner-up in the district championship. T. C. senior Dakota Kindred was the regional runner-up in shot put.

See the complete results for other T.C. qualifiers.

In team scores, the T. C. Williams boys earned 81 points to capture the 2018 Occoquan Region Champions title; Fairfax High School finished as runners-up with 59 points. South County won the girls’ championship title with 92 points. The T. C. girls were runners-up with 86 points.

T. C. Williams competes next in the State Indoor Track and Field Championship, which is at Boo Williams Sports Complex in Norfolk on Feb. 23-24.