It is regional week in Virginia with 8 indoor regional championships being contested for the Group AAA and Group AA classifications. All of the regionas from the largest classificiation (Group AAA) are being held this weekend on Friday and Saturday.
On Wednesday evening at the Region II Championships, Western Albemarle senior Tyler Stutzman (pictured left by David Fleenor) posted an impressive performance on a short 10 laps to a mile indoor track at Fork Union Military Academy's Estes Center. Stutzman won the 1600 meter run in a time of 4:14.33, which easily breaks the facility record of 4:17 held by 2007 Nike Indoor Nationals 800 meter champion Axel Mostrag. Mostrag had broken a record previous held by former prep great Seneca Lassiter at 4:19 to put Stutzman's performance further in a historical perspective. Stutzman is currently the national leader at 3200 meters in 9:05.58.
The Region IV Championships were the earliest held regional meet in Virginia this past Saturday at Virginia Tech and the top performances from the Blacksburg High School distance runners came with their boys 4x800 meter relay team breaking 8 minutes to join roughly a dozen other squads in the country to have dipped under the barrier in 7:58.98. Meanwhile, Blacksburg junior Joanna Stevens broke 5 minutes in the 1600 meter run in 4:58.94 with twin sister Kathleen trailing close behind at 5 flat.