Track

Halifax County High School Comet Tanaya Brandon (second from left) finished 14 out of 148 competitors in the 55-meter dash at the Liberty Christmas Invitational on Saturday.

The Halifax County High School Comets indoor track team competed in the Liberty High School Christmas Invitational on Saturday with multiple runners setting new personal records.

“The athletes were excited to compete in such a high caliber event, which was really the first one we have had of this magnitude since 2020,” said head coach Mary Douglas.

Tanaya Brandon, Javeion Gooden and Tysen Glass all set new personal records for the Comets.

Brandon competed in the 55 Meter Dash and placed 14th out of 148 competitors setting a new personal record with a time of 7.77. She also set a personal record in the 300 Meter Dash event placing 23rd out of 154 runners with a time of 45.33. Brandon went onto compete in the 55 Meter Hurdles placing 30th out of 48 runners and the Long Jump event placing 11th out of 31 athletes.

Gooden competed in the Shot-Put event following his second-place finish in the first meet of the season with a seventh place finish out of 76 athletes setting a new personal record with a throw of 42-03.75.

Glass competed in the 300 Meter Dash setting a new personal record finishing 39th out of 164 athletes with a time of 39.53.

Along with the other Comets, Jamal Bellamy also had great success in the meet competing in the 55 Meter Hurdles for the first time placing 39th out of 164 athletes with a time of 9.54. Bellamy also competed in the Long Jump event placing 19th out of 56 athletes with a distance of 17-07.75.

“Overall, the athletes worked very hard, and we were pleased with their performances. Some of the athletes seemed a bit shell shocked to see so many other athletes competing at the meet, but they quickly made adjustments and enjoyed the competition,” said Douglas.

The Comet indoor track team will look to continue their success after their Christmas break on Jan. 8 at Liberty High School.

“We look forward to the next competition on Jan. 8,” Douglas concluded.

Josh Carlton is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jcarlton@gazettevirginian.com. 

Josh Carlton is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jcarlton@gazettevirginian.com.