Clover Hill Indoor Track and Field competes in Regional Championships


Thomas Jackson

Andrew Hathaway qualified for States in the 500 meter event.

Clover Hill had an impressive performance at the 2023 5C and 4B Regional Indoor Championships held at Highland Springs High School on Feb. 14 and 16. 

On the girls side, freshman Malaysia Rasheed placed seventh in the 55 meter dash with a state qualifying time of 7.36 beating her season best. For the rest of the meet, Rasheed placed eleventh in the shot put final with a throw of 26 feet. 

Clover Hill had two finalists in the 300 meter dash with junior Torie Satterwhite placing fourteenth with a time of 43.46, and freshman Leilani Johnson placing thirty second in the event, beating her season best with a time of 48.69. 

Satterwhite also finished fourteenth in the prelims of the 55 meter dash with a time of 7.75, while Johnson finished eighth in the finals of the high jump with a score of four feet. 

The 1600 meter run had three finishes in the finals with freshman Abigail Ellis, freshman Anna Jane Molis and junior Penelope Rivera finishing twenty first, twenty second and twenty fourth, respectively. Molis and Rivera both beat their season best with times of 6:26.99 and 6:48.86. 

Freshman Kiran Pisolkar represented the hill in the 3200 meter run finishing thirteenth in the finals with a season best time of 15:19.50. 

Freshman Gabrielle Williams rounded out the solo performances with an eleventh place finish in the prelims of the 55 meter hurdles with a season best time of 12.47.

The girls finished with their most impressive finish of the day, with a state qualifying second place finish in the 4×200 meter relay, performing with a season best time of 1:49.58. Members include Rasheed, Satterwhite, Williams and Johnson.

With the boys, senior Chris Henry finished with a season best time of 6.59 finishing second in the finals of the 55 meter dash, qualifying Henry for the State meet. Henry also finished sixth in the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 9.75.

Following Henry, Clover Hill had junior duo Sean McCray and Andrew Hathaway finishing sixth and eighth, respectively, in the 300 meter dash. Both McCray and Hathaway finished with season best times of 36.83 and 37.23. 

Benjamin Schneider finished thirty first in the 500 meter dash. (Thomas Jackson)

McCray also finished fifteenth in the prelims for the 55 meter dash with a time of 6.93, and Hathaway placed third in the 500 meter dash with a season best time of 1:07.26, qualifying him for the State meet.

Hathaway was not the only finalist in the 500 meter dash, as senior Ben Schneider finished thirty first in the event with a season-best time of 1:20.27. 

Andrew Bennett flashes the name, “Clover Hill”, as he competes in the distance events. (Thomas Jackson)

Clover Hill had three finalists in the 1000 meter run, including senior Andrew Bennett, freshman Joshua Taylor and junior Andrew Ellingson, who finished seventh, tenth and sixteenth. Bennett and Taylor had season best times of 2:39.84 and 2:45.38, while Ellingson finished with 2:51.08. 

Bennett finished seventh in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:32.09. Along with Bennett, junior Caleb Wilcox and senior Clinton Clancy finished fourth and sixth with season best times of 4:25.51 and 4:28.26, respectively. 

Wilcox qualified for States with a third place finish in the 3200 meter run, with a time of 9:59.19. Clancy followed in the event, placing sixth in the same event, with a time of 9:59.95. Freshman Ethan Thorne finished just .76 seconds ahead of Clancy, finishing fifth with a time of 9:59.19.

Beyond the track, in the high jump event, junior Sean Selfe and sophomore Sam Hopkins finished third and eighth. Selfe qualified for States with a score of 5-8, while Hopkins scored 5-2. 

Sophomore Natah McCrea finished sixth in the long jump with a score of 19-8.5, and fifth in the triple jump with a season best score of 40-1. 

In the solo events, senior Vincent Shellah and junior Charles Edmonds III finished thirteenth and eighteenth in shot put with scores of 35-8 and 31-9. 

With one of the best results of the meet, the boys 4×800 meter relay team finished with a season best, state qualifying, first place finish with a time of 8:06.07. Members include Bennett, Wilcox, Clancy and Hathaway

All state qualifiers will compete in the Class 5 State Indoor Track & Field Championship on Feb. 24 and 25 at Virginia Beach. 

Longwood commit Clancy is excited for the competitive meets ahead and is locked in. 

“It’s not difficult for me to lock in, because I treat everything like I’m always trying to get better. Obviously, States are a big thing, but I get out there and I [just] run,” Clancy said.

Clover Hill will be up against the best of the best at States, for the freshman it is a taste of one of high schools biggest stages, and for seniors it is one of the last chances to show what they are capable of.