Track and field:
Women's athletes from Virginia enjoyed a scintillating Friday night at the Diamond League meet in Monaco.
Francena McCorory, a former Bethel High and Hampton University standout, set a personal record of 49.96 seconds in the 400-meter dash, though she finished just third.
The 100-meter hurdles produced a rarity: a 1-2-3 finish by athletes with state ties.
Queen Harrison, who grew up in Richmond and starred for Virginia Tech, powered over the final hurdle to sprint to the win in 12.64.
Yvette Lewis, who prepped at Denbigh and Menchville before heading to HU, was a close second in 12.69, and former HU hurdler Kellie Wells was third in 12.70.
Mike Askew shot a first-round 65 to gain a one-stroke lead over Apprentice School assistant coach BJ Maben at the Greater Hampton Amateur.
Five golfers were just two shots behind.
The players again will look for low scores Saturday on The Woodlands course.
Pro Jay Woodson of Powhatan bolted to a four-stroke lead halfway through the State Open of Virginia at Independence Golf Club in Midlothian. The former James Madison player, part of The Golf Channel's "Big Break" series, shot a 3-under-par 68 Friday for a 9-under 133 total.
Chris O'Neill, who grew up in the Richmond area and plays for the University of Michigan was second, shooting 67 Friday for a 137 total.
Yorktown's Richard Hanna was tied for 18th at 142. Yorktown's James Gallagher and Hampton's Tim Lewis, last year's state senior champ, were in a group at 144. They were among 77 players who made the cut among 167 starters.
The Virginia Beach Piranhas' women fell 2-1 to the Washington Spirit Reserves in the Northeastern Conference championship game at Virginia Beach Sportsplex.
Washington pulled even in the 57th minute and went ahead 2-1 in the 63rd minute.
The victory gave Washington a spot in next weekend's national semifinals at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
The Piranhas finished 10-2-1. Piranhas striker Shan Jones, a Welsh woman who starred for Middle Tennessee State, leads the league in goals (11) and points (24).
Shane Johnson scored in the 90th minute -- just before time expired -- to extend the Richmond Kickers' USL Pro record unbeaten streak to 18 (10-0-8) with a 2-2 tie against the Phoenix FC Wolves (4-10-7) at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.
William Yomby, a former ODU player, netted a goal in the 67th minute to begin the Kickers' rally from a two-goal halftime hole. They were playing the first of three games in six days in the West.
The Kickers trail Orlando City by one point but have eight games remaining before the playoffs. Orlando has seven.
Langley Speedway resumes action at 7 Saturday night with the following races: twin Modified 30-lappers, a Grand Stock 40, UCAR 25, twin Pro-Six 20s and a Winged Champ Kart 20.
The semifinals are set for 10 a.m. Saturday in the annual U.S. Tennis Association National Girls 16 Clay Court Championships at Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club, and the top two seeds remain in contention.
No. 1 Catherine Bellis of Atherton, Calif., routed Kylie McKenzie of Anthem, Ariz., 6-0, 6-0 Friday to earn a berth against No. 12 Meghan Kelley of Falmouth, Maine, a 6-1, 6-2 victor against Adriana Reami of Miami.
No. 2 Katerina Stewart of Miami handled No. 7 Angela Kulikov of Sun Valley, Calif., 6-3, 6-1 and will face co-No. 17 seed Alexa Graham of Garden City, N.Y., who bounced No. 11 Jaclyn Switkes of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., 6-4, 6-1.
In doubles, the teams of Kelley-Alexa Bortles and Reami-Stewart advanced to the championship match. Bortles is from Alpharetta, Ga., an Atlanta suburb.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun