Aaron Worrell saved his best triple jump for his final attempt and, when he jumped nearly a foot longer that his previous best, he walked away from the Boo Williams Sportsplex with a state championship
Worrell's jump of 49 feet, 7 1/2 inches bested Forest Park's Mustaqeem Williams, who went 49-1 3/4 on his final jump.
Worrell, a senior at Woodside, came into the Group AAA state championships with a career-best jump of 48-6. In his three qualifying jumps, his best effort was 48-8 3/4. That led the competition by more than two feet before Williams uncorked his top jump.
No one else in the field reached 47 feet.
Phoebus' Carolyn Brown, expected to challenge for the 55- and 300-meter titles, finished seventh in the high jump. She cleared 5-3. Gloucester's Evan Wagner also jumped 5-3 and placed ninth.
In the girls triple jump, Bethel's Jayme Thomas finished third with a jump of 38-2 3/4.
In qualifying for the girls' 55-meter hurdles, Chantal Ray of Hampton and Leah Lott of Landstown had the top qualifying times of 7.99 seconds. They'll run in the finals on Saturday.
Charles Graham of Phoebus finished second in qualifying for the boys 55-meter hurdles.
Brown led qualifying for the girls 55-meter dash, winning her heat in 7.09 seconds. Heritage's Asonya Anderson was third in 7.15. They'll both run in Saturday's final.
And in the boys 55-meter prelims, Kecoughtan's Jacion Fugate was seventh in qualifing in 7.51 seconds to reach the finals. His teammate, Trenton Cannon, ran 6.52 to make it two Warriors in the final.