FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – This weekend, athletes will be competing for medals at state track and field meets across the Commonwealth. Franklin County High School will be well represented in the class six state championships. The team is led by a senior duo with varying levels of experience, both in contention to take home titles.
Franklin County senior, Nathan Atchue, is a distance runner who already has six state championships under his belt. While senior Isaiah Moorman, a sprinter, has only been competing in the sport for eight months.
Together, the pair will be competing in a total of seven events. Atchue, in the 1600m and the 3200m races. While Moorman has the 100, 200, 400, and both spring relays. The duo are pushing each other to be the best they can be this weekend.
“It’s a big opportunity. Potential for Nathan to bring back rings. I bring back rings, that’ll be great for the school. It’ll put the school on the map some more. Franklin County is a school but it’s a school that a lot of people underestimate for football and other sports. It really means a lot coming out here and make it work for track,” said Moorman.
Atchue believes this talented group of athletes has what it takes to bring home a state title.
“This is for sure been my favorite season. We have, I think nine of us going to states, which is the most we’ve had since I’ve been here. So, just having that camaraderie, having a team there, it’s going to be fun,” said Atchue. “Just having a team there, having guys there, having guys that are going to compete to win, it’s a lot easier to do it with people than by yourself.”
The state championships run on Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3.