Hampton's girls took full advantage of the Virginia High School League's reorganization by winning the first Group 5A state track title Saturday.
And the Crabbers' star, hurdler Chantel Ray, capped her high school career by winning two individual state hurdles championships, running on the championship 400-meter relay and setting on all-time Peninsula record in the 100-meter hurdles.
"Everybody had to do their part," said Ray of the championship. "Look at me, I'm not a high jumper and I got third."
Hampton finished with 51 points, beating out Mills Godwin (43) and Atlee (41). Had the VHSL not reorganized from three groups to six this year, Hampton would have been in the same meet with Western Branch, which won the Group 6A title by more than 100 points.
Instead, the Crabbers rode Ray's outstanding day to the championship. Ray won the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, ran on the winning 400-meter relay team, and got that third-place finish in the high jump.
Ray's 100 hurdles time was 13.42 seconds, the best time ever run by a Peninsula athlete and the fifth-best time in the country this year.
She said she didn't think she had run that fast, considering she hit first hurdle.
Imagine if she had any competition. Ray, a senior headed to Ohio State, won the race by nearly a second and a half over Carly Feyerabend of Atlee (14.81).
Ray had set the Peninsula record by running 13.53 earlier this year, surpassing the previous mark of 13.67 set by Hampton's current U.S. Olympian T'erea Brown in 2007.
Not long after that, Ray teamed with her sister Tori, Khoi Banks and Tryah Burrow to win the 400-meter relay in a state-best 46.81 seconds. The foursome beat Mountain View by 1.8 seconds.
Then she capped her high school career by winning the 300 hurdles in a career-best 43.29 seconds.
"I would have run in the 42s, but something happened and I almost walked across the finish line," she said. Still, she won the race by nearly four seconds.
The state championship was the first for Hampton's girls and the first for the school since the boys team won the Group 1-A championship in 1961.3A boys
Lafayette's boys 3,200-meter relay team ran the fastest time in the event in Peninsula history, breaking a 38-year-old record.
Lafayette's team of Derek Holdsworth, Konrad Steck, Andrew Loper and Jason Menzies ran 7:42.20 at Harrisonburg High School. Menchville had the previous best of 7:43.0 in the 1976 Penn Relays.
Warhill's Devonte Dedmon, Collin Bright, Auston Parrott and Taylor Lyons scored a double in the meet at Harrisonburg High School, winning both the 400-meter relay and the 1,600-meter relay.
Holdsworth won the 800-meter title, holding off Warhill's Christopher Short, 1:51.05 to 1:52.89.
Holdsworth said he was a little tight at the start of the race because of his leg on the relay team, but worried only at the end that someone might sneak past him.
Menzies finished second in the individual 3,200.
Lafayette finished third as a team. Christiansburg, which won the team championship, is coached by former Tabb athlete Sean Bossman.