Woodbridge senior Isaiah Simmons inked his name into Virginia sports history with a remarkable performance at the VHSL Group AAA State Track and Field Championships last weekend, where fans at Sports Backers Stadium in Richmond witnessed Simmons break two state records and earn an impressive seventh state title.
Simmons tossed a 66-foot shot put throw to brake Rodney Johnson's (T.C. Williams) record of 65 feet which was set in 1997. Simmons then floated a 194-foot discus throw to break Steve Mehr's (Gar-field) record of 190 feet, set in 1978. Simmons now holds Virginia state records for indoor shot put, outdoor shot put, and outdoor discus throw.
"Those records will stand the test of time," said coach Andrew McCarthy.
Simmons was named The Washington Post All-Met Track and Field Athlete of the Year and will be attending University of Miami in the fall on a scholarship.
Senior Caitlin Brezina received all-state honors in pole vault with a jump of 11 feet, placing fifth in the state. She will compete at Virginia Commonwealth University in the fall.
"There were some big changes for the team," said coach Andrew McCarthy about the seasons accomplishments. "We brought on a new coaching staff, raised the varsity letter standards, increased athlete expectations, and had our goals set on higher level competition. Some athletes bought into it, and some did not. There were some difficulties with the transition, but overall, it paid off. We now have young men and women who are willing to work hard and believe in their potential."
Cardinal All-District selections
Baseball: Logan Farrar, Kevin Tatum, Tyler Thomas, and Justin Petock.
Softball: Victoria Alexander, Alexa Hernandez, and Morgan Cooke.
Men's Soccer: Tyler Kent, Andrew Whitlock, Bernardo Majano, Jamal Christian, and Drew Thompson.
Women's Soccer: Brianna Cole, Kellsey Costello-Mays, Kailyn Slade, Jewel Christian, Tyler Miller, Katie Bolander, and Shannon Archer.