The Appomattox Raiders indoor track and field team made their presence known at last Saturday’s Wally Gilbert Invitational held at Heritage High School in Lynchburg. The Raiders produced five first-place medal winners in the event. 

For the girls team, Morgan Flamm achieved an 8-foot mark to win the girls pole vault. Madison Martin was first in the girls 1600-meter run with a time of 6:16.85 (6 minutes, 16.85 seconds). 

The boys team had three event winners. Quamea Gray won the boys shot put with a distance of 41-feet 8 inches. Blake Fulcher won the boys pole vault with a height of 10 feet 6 inches. Mannix Wilhoit won the boys high jump at 5 feet 8 inches. 

The Raider girls were third overall and the boys team fourth overall in total team scores in a 15-team field. 

Wilhoit and Conner Ramsey finished second and third, respectively, in the boys triple jump with a distance of 34 feet 4 inches. Ramsey was third due to finishing second in a jump-off. 

Nadiyah Abdussalam was second overall behind Flamm in the girls pole vault at a height of 7 feet 6 inches. Abdussalam was fourth in the girls long jump (15-3), tied for third in the girls high jump (4-8), fifth in the girls 55-meter hurdles (11.80) and fifth in the girls triple jump (31-09.5).

The girls 4x400-meter relay team of Flamm, Abdussalam, Emma Dudley and Kelsey Hackett finished fourth with a time of 5 minutes 24.45 seconds). 

Other top five finishers for Appomattox were the following athletes: 

Wilhoit: second in the boys 55-meter hurdles (9.18), second in the boys triple jump (34-04) and fifth in the boys long jump (18-07). 

Ramsey: third in the boys pole vault (8-6). 

Martin: fourth in the girls 1000-meter run (3:47.31)

Hackett: fourth in the girls 300-meter dash (47.16) and fifth in the girls 55-meter dash (7.96). 

DiTavion Mosley: fifth in the boys 500-meter dash (1:26.14). 

Dudley: fifth in the girls 500-meter dash (1:52.92)

Alaysia Oakes of Heritage, a Heritage High School track and field star who has committed to competing at Stanford University, recorded three “Elite Performances” according to MileStat.com, in the girls 55-meter dash, long jump and triple jump. 

Raiders head coach Tim Crossin is pleased with the team’s start to the 2021/22 indoor season. 

“It’s a great start to our indoor season. All of our first place winners posted personal best performances. The season is young and we look to finish strong this year with the boys and girls team. For many of our athletes it was their debut, and they fared well. We just have to keep working hard so the prize won’t be a surprise,” Crossin said. 

Appomattox’s next event is this Saturday’s Liberty Christmas High School Invitational at the Liberty University Indoor Track Complex, located off Candler’s Mountain Road in Lynchburg. Start time is 9:30 a.m. 

The Raiders are also scheduled to compete in the Heritage Holiday Invitational on Monday, Dec. 20, at Heritage High School. Start time is 3 p.m.

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