For the Northumberland High School indoor track team it all began in November with practice. It led to last Thursday’s trip to Richmond, the Arthur Ashe Center and participation in the Region 1A/2A championships and an eventual trip to next weekend’s Virginia State 1A/2A championships in Salem at Roanoke College.
The season for “indoor” track began in November with 18 student/athletes. While other sports were not dependent on the weather, “indoor” track was because they practiced outdoors on days when the temperature was above 32 degrees. Getting their times, techniques and distances down they participated in six meets against schools as highly rated a 6A.
Most 1A schools do not send teams to indoor events. Most of these meets were in an indoor arena but two were Polar Bear Meets, one in Manassas and one here on Saturday, the ninth of February. That meet featured teams from Lancaster, Mathews and Northumberland, the only three 1A East schools competing in indoor track.
The Indians had two relay teams, placing first in each event, the 4X200 team of Bradley Viers, Arthur Ashton, Pierce Delcourt and Grant Biddlecomb won as did the 4X800 team of Biddlecomb, Ashton, Matthew Kelley and Delcourt. Individually Ashton took first in the 300 meters with Delcourt second. In the shot put, Jay Bea was second, Viers third and Judah Perez fourth. Kelley took second in the 1600, Ashton won the long jump, and Perez was third in the same event.
Last Thursday, in 1A /2A/3A region championships, the 4X800 team of Bibblecomb, Ashton, Kelley and Delcourt was seeded fourth by time. In an exciting come-from-behind race they nipped 2A Brunswick for third place and a trip this coming weekend to Salem to compete in the 1A/2A Virginia state indoor track and field championships.
Also competing last Thursday were Bea (15th), Viers (16th) and Perez (22nd) in the shot. Kelley (8th) in the 1600; Biddlecomb (9th) in the 500, Ashton (21st) and Delcourt (23rd) in the 300.
Both Lancaster and Mathews will send teams to Salem next week.
The Northumberland wrestling team will also be traveling this weekend to the Salem Civic Center for the Virginia 1A state championships. This past Friday and Saturday, the traveled to Riverheads High near Staunton to compete in the 1A East regional championships. Six individual Indians wrestlers competed, four advanced to the state championships, one will be an alternate.
Riverheads won the region title with Lancaster coming in second. The Indians placed eighth of the eleven schools represented. Individually by weight, C.J. Timberlake at 120 pounds took sixth with a 1-3 record and a pin. Alazar Shaffer in the 138 pound class took second with a 3-1 record including three pins. At 170 pounds, Will Biddlecomb finished seventh with a 1-2 record and a pin. Brock Martin finished sixth with a 1-2 record and a pin. In the 195 pound class, Dylan Davis took fourth place with a 1-2 record and a pin. K.J. Ball at 285 lost both matches.
Biddlecomb’s match produced some excitement, on the verge of being pinned, he got a reversal and pinned his opponent. Shaffer’s match for the individual championship was stopped several times due to bloody noses for each wrestler.