Monroe Women, North Rowan Earn Team Titles In NCHSAA 1-A Track And Field


GREENSBORO — It was a big day for the Collins family, including sophomore Reneazia and senior Janieyah, as they led their Monroe team to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A women’s track and field team championship in convincing fashion on Saturday at the Irwin Belk Track at North Carolina A&T.

       Monroe rolled up 101 points, with Hendersonville well back in second place with 54.  Reneazia Collins won both the 100 meter high hurdles and the 400 and took second place in the 200, while Janieyah took top honors in the 300 intermediate hurdles and the 200, and finished second in the 100. Both ran legs on the victorious four by 200 relay team which set a new state 1-A record, breaking a mark set by Monroe a year ago and three of the four runners who set that mark last year helped to break it this time.

       Janieyah Collins was selected as the meet’s Most Outstanding Performer.

       Several teams were tightly bunched in the standings behind the top two. Third place went to North Stokes with 42 points, followed by North Rowan in fourth with 41 and West Wilkes in fifth place with 40 points. A total of 42 schools scored in the women’s meet.

       Hailey Cooke of Hendersonville was a double winner, taking top honors in both the discus and the shot put.

Johnny Oglesby, named the men’s Most Outstanding Performer, helped lead North Rowan to the team victory in the 1-A competition. He finished first in both hurdle events as the Cavaliers captured their second consecutive crown and 11th state track and field championship since 1994. North Rowan had nine state 2-A titles when it was in that classification from 1994 to 2007.

North Rowan held off Durham’s N.C. School of Science and Math with 79 points to 75 for the runners-up. Monroe was third with 52, followed by Pamlico (43.33) and Mount Airy (27). There were 48 schools scoring in the men’s competition.

Cherryville’s Trentarious Friday set a new 1-A record in the 400 meters with a time of 48.12, beating the field by more than three seconds.

       Levi Rolles of Science and Math took first place in both distance events, the 1600 and 3200.