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2 weeks ago @ 6:32PM

Cheers to 2018






              Cheers to 2018

2018, we thank you for the high times, the low times, the happy times and the sad times.  This year has been an emotional year for the Colonial Forge Track and Field.  From District and Regional team Champions, Individual State Championships, National Championships and retiring one of the best coaches to ever coach the sport of Track and Field it’s safe to say that this has been one roller coaster of a year. Counting down the top 10 memories (from my perspective) of 2018.  Trust me this wasn’t easy as every day and week you’ll give me a memorable moment that will stick with me forever. Well here goes.

Coming in #10

The most memorable fall to ever him MileStat.  Ready…Set…Face plant directly into the track.  Still to this day no one can explain the gravitational pull that pulled our Esco plummeting into the ground, but it definitely will always give us a laugh for many years to come.  On a more positive note when the gun was finally shot, he went on to win his heat. 

At #9

Girls distance finish 1, 2, 3 in both the 1600 and 3200 at regionals.  Going into the meet we knew we had to score big in order to become regional champions so the team of Watkins, Fick, Loescher, and Smith put the team on their back and let Region B know that Forge Distance was 2nd to none. 


Girls Nationals SMR comprised of Dundy, Davis, Riley, and Walker get edged out at the end for a 2nd place finish at the national level at New Balance Outdoor Nationals.  From the beginning of the race, you could see the hunger in their eyes.  Dundy got out strong more determined than ever to break the stagger and that is exactly what she did.  Davis ran the best 200 of her high school career, but a tricky hand off put us a little further back from where we wanted to be.  Then the dynamic duo of Riley and Walker were up to do their thing and that is exactly what they did.  Riley blasted out in the 400 and Walker gave everything she had in the 800.  Although they were merely edged out at the end their time went fast enough for a national record and a 2nd place finish at Nationals. 

Coming in #7

Brandon Hudson gets the last spot for states for XC.   From his junior year, he had a goal set to make it to states and represent the boys distance program and although he dealt with injury after injury after injury after injury… (OK you get it) he was determined to make it to states and that’s exactly what he did.  What Brandon did not only showed what he was able to accomplish for himself, but also put a spark under everyone else to show what that setting goals is paramount and not letting anything or anyone get in the way of your success.

At #6

I got to witness McKenzie Watkins win a state championship and while it definitely was exciting to watch, her performance at Brian Watkins topped it for me.  We were a split squad that day, but I was determined that if we finished our meet at Courtland High School I was going to book it up 95 to Potomac Senior and watch McKenzie compete in the race that was in memory of her father.   For years McKenzie was always the girl who handed out the watch to the #1 3200 boy and girl at the meet, but this year was different she was the one fighting for the watch.  McKenzie raced in 3rd position for a long time in the race until she saw opportunity to pass the #2 runner from Woodbridge.  She fought hard in the race and although she didn’t win, she still won.  From a team perspective, the outpouring of love that was shown that day was amazing. 

Halfway there at #5

This definitely had to make the list.  The 2nd ever Co-Ed relay run at Nationals consisting of J. Riley, E. Deskins, P. Walker, and Z. Kindel.  Jana started out strong running with a pack of boys but she definitely held her own putting Ed in a position that he was able to make up the gap when he chased a pack of girls.  Ed did the job caught up to the pack and was ready to put Paityn into a manageable position and take an All-American spot until this happened.  Instead of handing Paityn the baton Ed finds a random person from another team and attempts to hand her the baton all while Paityn is on the outside jumping up and down to get his attention.   It is a great thing that the young lady from the other team was raised right and taught never to take things from strangers. 

Coming in #4

Although 3 days before the New Year, Trevor Thomas definitely gets his shine in the memory wall for 2018.  In a sold out meet with over 100 schools represented, you would think the pressure of loud noise, the fear of the large crowd and the anxiety of reaching a PR would get the best of you, but not Thomas.  In a packed arena with thousands of onlookers, Thomas stepped to the high jump mat with one more attempt at 6’8 a new meet record, a PR and a first place finish.  The announcer came over the loud speaker…Thomas of Colonial Forge has one more attempt.  Trevor did his normal warm up.  Closed his eyes, moved his head side to side, rolled his body and went into his approach.  As he cleared the bar the place erupted as coaches from everywhere came to shake his hand. 


When you think about Champions the name Paityn Walker has to come to mind.  Coming into high school there was already a buzz that she would be good, but what she put out in 2018 was nothing short of amazing.  In her first regional meet for the indoor season she ran anchor leg in the 4x8.  Trying to hold of Cosby, she began to fall coming through the line giving Northcutt of Cosby the opportunity to pass her.  That would be her first and last time passing Walker however.  The following week was states and Walker proved that she learns from her races and will never make the same mistake twice.  Paityn went on to be the #3 freshmen in the 1000 in the entire state. 

At #2

For many of you this will come as a surprise that I didn’t put this at #1, but although this a memory that will last until the end of my time it doesn’t surpass my number 1.  Colonial Forge gets 4 under 50 in the 400.  The team consisting of Jonathan Gray, Johnnie Walker, Rafael Mas, and Zack Kindel became the talk of Virginia.  Individually they were good, but put them together they were an unstoppable force.  In 2018 they took home 2 state championships, a 6th place All-American status, and a National Championship. 

Coming in a #1

Caroline Indoor Invitational.  My debut as head coach.  To say that I was nervous was an understatement.  I understood where we left off at the end of 2018 and I wanted to continue that legacy that was set forth.  The expectations to coach in Championshipville were high.  This invite was not the most memorable moment because we won, not because it was my first time as head coach, but because it showed me that I had a team that would go through the fire with me.  I had a group of young people that believed in me.  A group of young minds that I was able to mold, mentor, and watch grow into true student athletes.  We truly became a team during this meet.  Not one person signed out before the meet.   It was not the sprinters and the distance team but it was Colonial Forge Track.  As I stated every day and every meet, there is a new memory. One that will be edged in my mind for a lifetime, and each and every athlete that steps foot onto the CF track holds a very special place to me.  Coming together at the beginning and end of meets, laughing, crying, joking, and having fun is what it is all about.  2018 has proven that we have what it takes to win.  The strategies are in place for championships, but the best part of 2018 was coming together as one cohesive team.

Enjoy the rest of your break and thank you for everything that you do to make me look like a great coach.  Don’t forget practice tomorrow at 2pm. 


Team News

1 month ago @ 9:29PM

Real Deal Track Invitational

The Real Deal track invitational is this Friday and Saturday 12/7 and 12/8.  Bus leaves Friday at 11:15 all athletes participating on Friday will eat first lunch and be on the biannual by 11:15 am.  We should return about 11:00 pm.  The bus will leave on Saturday at 5:30 am and we hope to return about 8:00 pm.  If you have any questions please contact Coach Jackson. 

Team News

1 month ago @ 2:31PM

Caroline Invitational

The Caroline Invitational scheduled for 12/1 has been postponed until 12/3.  Students will be dismissed from class at 1:30 and on the bus by 1:45.  Check on Coach Jackson's window Monday for updates to running events.

Team News

1 month ago @ 12:04PM


All athletes need to complete either the online registration or the signature packet that was sent home today by Friday in order to compete on Saturday.  

Team News

2 months ago @ 1:29PM


Pictures for Indoor Track are being rescheduled for December 13, 2018 at 2:45 p.m. This will give time for all uniform orders to be fulfilled.  Thank you for your understanding.  

Team News

2 months ago @ 10:38AM

Team Store 2

The new team store is up.  It will close exactly one week from today.  The website is

Please let me know if you have any questions. 

Team News

2 months ago @ 8:47AM

First Day

It's finally here...First day of the indoor season.  We will have practice today.  Please see Coach Jackson if you have any questions or concerns. 

Team News

3 months ago @ 3:11PM

Varsity Standards

Athletes will be required to try out in three "consecutive" events (ie: 100m & 200m & 400m, 400m, 800m & 1600m), according to the group they intend to train/compete in (distance vs. sprints). In order to make the varsity team, they must achieve two of the following performance standards in two of the three  events. The tryouts will take place on two days: Day One- 100m, 800m; Day Two: 1600m & 200m; and Wednesday- 400m Dash (everyone). Any makeups will be held on Wednesday.   Making standard during the season does not guarantee a spot on Varsity.  




100m Dash

200m Dash

400m Dash

800m Run

1600m Run















For those athletes who are planning on being shot-putters, you will be required to meet the following standards:








Team News

3 months ago @ 1:03PM

No Conditioning

All after schools activities are canceled for today.  Go home after school.  

Team News

3 months ago @ 8:41AM

Week 3 Conditioning

We are off to a great start and it looks like we will the weather will cooperate with us this week to get in some good conditioning days.  The team store closes this Wednesday October 3, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. If you not ordered the bundle or are having problems ordering please contact Coach Jackson at  Weight lifting is continuing every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 a.m. 

Our fundraiser car wash is now scheduled for next Monday October 8, 2018 from 9am-2pm. 

Team News

3 months ago @ 5:22PM

Team store

The team store is now up and has the entire bundle inside. Remember guys are ordering white, girls are ordering blue  There will also be another bundle without the bag if your child is not interested in the bag.  If you have any questions, contact Coach Jackson at or 540-658-6115 ext 155

Team News

4 months ago @ 11:49AM


Track and field conditioning begins tomorrow.  Please meet in room 145 after school for study hall until 2:45.  We will meet in the bleachers on the home side of the of the field at 3:00 p.m. If you have any questions please see Coach Jackson

Team News

4 months ago @ 1:45PM


Conditioning for today September 17, 2018 has been canceled due to the weather.  We will resume conditioning on Wednesday September 19, 2018. 

Team News

4 months ago @ 7:44AM

Indoor Track and Field Conditioning

Welcome Back

Indoor Track and Field conditioning will begin on Monday September 17, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.  Please make sure that you have a current VHSL physical on file.  Conditioning will continue every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday until November 1.  If you have any questions please see Coach Jackson.  

Team News

4 months ago @ 10:14AM

Indoor Track and Field Conditioning

There will me a brief meeting after school for all those interested in running indoor track this winter Thursday September 13 at 2:45 in room 401.  If you have any questions please see Coach Jackson.  

Team News

4 months ago @ 10:02AM

Indoor Track and Field Parent Meeting

There will be a parent meeting for anyone interested in running indoor track and field this upcoming Thursday September 20, 2018 at 6pm.  We will meet in room 401.  If you have any questions please contact Coach Jackson. 

Team News

3 months ago @ 5:00PM

Remind Code

The remind code for the team is 3gf7gf

Team News

4 months ago @ 10:18AM

Parent Meeting

There will be a parent meeting on Thursday September 13, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in room 401 for anyone interested in running indoor track this winter. If you have any questions please see Coach Jackson.

Team News

3 months ago @ 2:07PM

Conditioning Canceled 9/27/2018

Conditioning is canceled for today 9/27/2018.  See you on Monday.  

Team News

2 months ago @ 1:13PM

Track Rules

Track rules can be found under team files.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding the track and field rules please contact Coach Jackson. 

Team News

2 months ago @ 10:45PM


The official start of the indoor season is Monday November 5. We will start tryouts at 3:00. All athletes need to meet at the track at 2:30 pm and sign in. Make sure you have sweats for warmups. If you have any questions contact Coach Jackson.

Team News

2 months ago @ 6:18AM

Indoor Track

We are just one week out from the start of our 2018-19 Indoor Track and Field Season. There is a parent meeting scheduled for Thursday November 1, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will begin in the library and we will then move to the auditorium . There is an interest meeting for any athlete that is looking to compete this winter on Tuesday October 30, 2018. If you have any questions or concerns please see Coach Jackson.

Team News

3 months ago @ 11:23AM

Indoor Track and Field Conditioning

Week 4 is here and things have been shaping up well.  Conditioning remains Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and weight lifting is on Tuesday and Thursday at 6 am.  Next Saturday we are volunteering as marshals at  The Rouse Center for their Halloween 5K.  If you have any questions please contact me at 540-658-6115
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