Virginia Girls Track & Field AOY: Chantel Ray

Virginia Girls Track & Field AOY: Chantel Ray

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Virginia Girls Track & Field AOY: Chantel Ray


THE WINNER: Chantel Ray


School: Hampton (Va.)
Grade: Senior
Event: Hurdles
Height: 5-foot-5

Athletic achievement: She won two individual state championships at the Group 5A state meet this spring and led the Crabbers to the state title. Ray won the 100-meter hurdles with a state-record time of 13.42 seconds, which ranked as the No. 5 performance among prep competitors in 2014 at the time of her selection. She also won the 300-meter hurdles in 43.29, ran the third leg on Hampton’s winning 4×100-meter relay quartet and placed third in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 4 inches. The state record-holder in the indoor 60-meter dash, she concluded her prep track career with eight state titles.

Academic excellence: Ray has maintained a 3.42 GPA.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally as a math tutor, with a literacy-outreach program and as a youth track coach.


“Chantel has never missed a practice, has been eating healthy since ninth grade and sacrifices being a normal high school teenager to be a great athlete,” said Marques Hamilton, head coach of Hampton. “She is a student of the sport and constantly watches film of herself and other great hurdlers.”

THE FUTURE: Ray has signed with Ohio State.


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