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School Board Recognitions
March 21, 2017

6. Student, Employee and Public Awards and Recognitions
6A. VHSL Indoor Track Champions

Welcome to Champions night. All of the students who we are honoring this evening are state champions. Let’s start by meeting the Virginia High School League indoor track state champions.

First up is the state’s 3,200-meter champion in Group 5A: Princess Anne High School senior Doria Martingayle. After setting regional records and becoming the first female in school history to run the mile under 5 minutes, Doria then went on to state where she set a meet record by running the 3,200-meter race in 10 minutes, 53 seconds. That earned her the state championship title and also made her the first female in the history of the 5A State Championships to run the 3,200-meters in under 11 minutes. She is now headed to the University of Virginia on an athletic scholarship.

Next is the 3,200 meter champion in Group 6A: Ocean Lakes High School senior Madeline King. In her four years running cross country and indoor track at Ocean Lakes, Madeline has won a remarkable 12 conference titles, a feat that only a few accomplished runners have achieved. In some instances those wins set course records. As her coach said, “to be a successful distance runner you must possess initiative, responsibility, determination, adaptability and integrity. Madeline realizes that no one needs to watch her to accomplish these goals and that’s what makes her a true champion.” Congratulations!

Let’s now meet one of the top-ranked jumpers in Virginia: Landstown High School senior Hasani Knight. He is the nation’s top triple jumper after his first place finish at last summer’s Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympic Games where he leaped a personal best of 50 feet 11 inches! At state, he captured the title and set a new state meet record with his jump of 49 feet 5.5 inches. An accomplished runner and student as well, he is now headed to the University of Miami on a full athletic scholarship. Congratulations!

Our next honorees are the state champions in the 800-meter relay. Let’s welcome Bayside High School’s Tre’yon Morris, Julian Harper, Camron Brown and Abraham Evans. This season, there were originally six contenders to be on this team. However, at the 6A South Regional this foursome gelled together and came away winning that championship. That was the perfect time to peak since state was only two weeks later where they ran the relay in 1 minute, 30 seconds to win not only the state championship but also set a new school record!

Congratulations to all of our indoor track champions!

6B. VHSL Girls State Dive Champion – Group 5A
From track, we now move on to swimming and diving. Our first honoree is the Girls’ 5A State Dive Champion.

Unfortunately, Princess Anne High School’s Olivia Francella, is unable to join us, however, we did want to congratulate on her state championship win!

6C. VHSL Boys State Swim Champions – Group 5A
Our last recognition of the evening is for the team that won the 5A State Swim and Dive Championship title. Let’s meet the champions from Princess Anne High School.

  • Luke Bede
  • Robert Clark
  • Joseph Di Costanzo
  • Michael Di Costanzo
  • Eric Fuhs
  • Cameron Hammer
  • Tyler Hill
  • Gregory Hubbard
  • Joshua Jung
  • Chad McCrea
  • Francois-Xavier Morel
  • Quimey Moure
  • Jacques Pouliquen
  • Connor Rayhill
  • Casey Reckling
  • Thomas Rios
  • Samuel Rizzo
  • Greydon Stevenson
  • William Stevenson
  • Charles Wang
  • Miles Williams
  • Coaches Chris Hakim and Jay Smith

Unfortunately, a few team members were unable to join us:

  • Brett Broudy
  • Cameron Brunick
  • Samuel Westmont
  • And Houlton McGuinn

It’s nice to be state swim and dive champions again. The Cavaliers won the state title back in 2014 and finished in second these past two years. As Coach Smith said in an interview, “We went after every event inch-by-inch.” That’s what wins state championships. The meet started with a win in the 200-meter relay by Sam, Eric, Josh and Tyler. From then it was a team effort by all of these athletes to maintain the lead and go on to win the championship by 24 points.

Please join me in congratulating the 5A State Swim and Dive champions from Princess Anne High School!

Last Modified on Thursday, March 23, 2017