1A Women’s Championship: Murphy edges Research Triangle 60-57 to win program’s third title
GREENSBORO, NC – The Murphy Bulldogs powered their way to the 1A Women’s Team State Championship with event wins in the discus and 4 x 100 meter relay. Sarah Pullium earned the Bulldogs a victory in the discus with a throw of 121’ 10”. The 4 x 100 meter relay team of Carlie Whidden, Kelsey Fulgham, Leah Moses and Grace Nelson won the relay in :51.04 seconds.
Research Triangle was led by Victoria Swepson who won the 800 and 1600 meter runs. Swepson cruised to victory in the 800 posting a time of 2:20.40. She crossed in 5:51.52 in the 1600 meters.
West Montgomery’s Araybian Lilly was the meet’s Most Outstanding Performer winning three individual events. Lilly claimed the three sprint events with a blazing 12.48 second time in the 100, a 25.73 seconds mark in the 200 and a speedy 57.06 seconds performance in the 400 meters.
Hobbton’s Lakelyn Bass tied a 1A Classification Meet Record in the pole vault as she cleared 11’ 00”. That tied the record set by North Stokes’ Tess Rogers in 2011.
1A Men’s Championship: Polk County claims their first state title as Justice leads the way
GREENSBORO, NC – The Wolverines of Polk County have been strong in track and field for many years, but this year’s men’s team accomplished something none of their predecessors have been able to, win a team state championship. Jake Justice led the Polk County men as he was the only individual to win an event for the team, claiming the pole vault by clearing 14’ 06”.
Josh Polk dominated the two shortest events of the meet, the 100 and 200 meter dash. The Hobbton runner crossed the line in 10.92 seconds in the 100 and blitzed through the 200 in 21.94 seconds. He was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Performer.
Polk County held off a strong challenge from John A. Holmes as the Aces got wins in the 300 meter hurdles and the 4 x 200 meter relay. Aaron Pryce won the 300 meter hurdles posting a time of 39.81 seconds. He also led off the victorious 4 x 200 meter relay squad, combining with Zakeem Brooks, Xavius Capehart and Eric Phelps to complete the 800 meter distance in 1:31.18.
2A Women’s Recap: Lake Norman Charter outpaces Cummings 69-50 to win first team state championship
GREENSBORO, NC – Mariah Howlett from Lake Norman Charter won two individual events, the 1600 and the 3200 meter runs, to lead Lake Norman Charter to the first ever team state championship in women’s track and field program history. The Knights also got a win in the 4 X 100 meter relay as the team of Chioma Asiebunam, Jordyn Earl, Kiya Means and Destiny Benson combined to cross in :49.56.
Nicole Barnes won four individual events on the day, taking home the 100 meter hurdles, the 300 meter hurdles, the long jump and the triple jump. Barnes crossed in 13.99 seconds in the 100 meter hurdles before finishing the 300 meter hurdles in 44.37 seconds. Barnes had a winning distance of 18’ 7.5” in the long jump and 36’ 8” in the triple jump. She was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Performer.
Tahalia Fairman from Southwest Onslow won both the 100 and 200 meter dash events. She finished the 100 meters in 12.30 seconds and the 200 in 25.39 seconds. Patience Marshall also won a pair of events, the shot put and the discus. Marshall threw 42’ 3” in the shot put and 134’ 8” in the discus for the wins.
2A Men’s Recap: Forest Hills edges Croatan 57-53 to win the school’s first team title
GREENSBORO, NC – Forest Hills got a pair of individual wins from Scott McClendon in the long jump and the triple jump as well as wins in two of the four relay events to sneak past Croatan 57-53 and win the school’s first Men’s Track and Field State Championship. McClendon was named the meet's Most Outstanding Performer.
McClendon jumped 22’ 5” on his way to victory in the long jump before clearing 45’ 4.25” in the triple jump to win the event. Forest Hills teams won the 4 x 100 meter relay as well as the 4 x 200 meter relay. Jadus Davis, Jaleel McLaughlin, Quentin Huntley and McClendon combined to cross in 42.20 seconds to win the 400 meter relay. Davis, Huntley, Keeshawn Tyson and McLaughlin teamed up to finish the 800 meter relay in 1:28.29 and win.
Josh Moore from West Craven earned a pair of wins in the 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash. Moore won the 100 meters in 10.93 seconds and the 200 meters in 21.96.
Croatan earned wins in the 1600 meter relay and the 3200 meter relay. Brendon Hodge, Noah Bibus, Joseph Bulfer and Michael Quispe combined to win the 1600 meters in 3:22.65. Hodge also won the 300 meter hurdles in 37.98 seconds, while Quispe earned victory in the 800 meters in 1:54.89. Devin Barnes, Bulfer, Bibus and Quispe teamed up to finish the 3200 meter relay in 8:01.80.
3A Women’s Championship: Hillside wins the final relay to slip past Parkland 62-61 in a record-slashing meet
GREENSBORO, NC – In a meet that saw five classification meet records trimmed down, the Hillside 4 x 400 meter relay team earned a win in the final relay of the night to edge Parkland 62-61 in the race for a team championship. The win gave the Hornets their eighth women’s team state championship. The Hornet quartet of Emmaya Waters, Gabrielle Ryan, Ashlan Bowdry and Jessica Wright blistered the 1600 meter distance to post a new meet record for the 3A classification of 3:52.23.
The Hornet’s relay performance broke a record set in 2009 by the Dudley team of Shaquilla Gibson, Tyler Brockington, Natalie Nelson and Keneisha Williams when they posted 3:55.47. Hillside also got a 3A meet record performance from Kayla Beasley who won the shot put with a record-breaking throw of 43’ 7.5”. Wright claimed victory for the Hornets in the 300 meter hurdles, finishing the course in 44.50 seconds for the win.
Parkland was led by Alexis Patterson who earned the top spot in the 100 and 200 meter dash events. Patterson took down the 100 meters in 11.78 seconds before toppling the 200 in 24.39. She also anchored the victorious 4 x 200 meter relay team for the Mustangs, teaming with Shamara Tolliver, Diamond Lyerly and Del’Nique Penn to win the event in 1:38.96. Patterson was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Performer.
The Mustangs also earned a victory in the 4 x 100 meter relay. Jadai Stevenson-Damon, Tolliver, Amari Simington and Penn combined to post a time of 47.28 seconds to edge out Southwest Guilford.
Chapel Hill performers had a nice meet as well, setting two new 3A classification meet records. Megan Marvin set a new 3A record in the 800 meters, wrapping up her race in 2:12.74. That slashed the old record set in 2013 by West Carteret’s Blake Dodge who ran the distance in 2:13.23. The Tigers 4 x 800 meter relay team of Anna Stouffer, Madi Marvin, Katherine Dokholyan and Megan Marvin set a new 3A record in the event posting 9:18.55. That time broke the record set by the 2014 A.C. Reynolds team of Larissa Wood, Lana Reeves, Kenzie Himelein-Wachowiak and Anna Vess of 9:20.23.
3A Men’s Championship: Weddington earns second straight team title with a pair of event wins
GREENSBORO, NC – The Weddington Warriors claimed the school’s second straight 3A Men’s Track and Field team title with a pair of event wins on the day. Kyle Durham was the lone individual winner for the Warriors as he won the 800 meters in 1:54.63. The Warriors also flew to a winning 7:57.21 in the 4 x 800 relay with Will Mazur, Stephen Larson, Jackson O’Hara and Durham combining to outpace second place Mount Tabor by almost 5.5 seconds.
Jamar Davis from Orange won the long jump and the triple jump. His distance of 23’ 5” in the long jump was 8.25 inches better than second place Brandon Richardson from Northern Nash. In the triple jump Davis bested Richardson by more than 3.5 feet. Davis posted 49’ 10.75”. Davis was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Performer.
Asher Prince won a pair of events for Western Harnett. Prince claimed the shot put with a throw of 53’ 9.25” and the discus with a toss of 175’ 7”. Northwood’s Cameron Council was a double individual winner claiming the 100 and 200 meter dash. Council completed the 100 in 10:64 seconds before racing to a 21.41 seconds time in the 200.
Williams relay teams earned a pair of victories in the shorter relays. Corey Johnson, Solomon Womble, Quincy Dabney and Darius Turner raced to a win in the 4 x 100 relay with a time of 41.87 seconds. Johnson, Dabney, David Miles and Turner sprinted to the 4 x 200 relay win as well, crossing the line in 1:26.53.
South Iredell’s Cory Gaither was the lone male to set a new 3A Classification Meet Record in an event during the day. Gaither cruised to a new record in the 300 meter hurdles, finishing in 37.18 seconds. That mark snapped the record set by Scott Grell from Western Alamance in 1987 when Grell posted 37.80 seconds.
4A Women’s Recap: Panther Creek edges Southeast Raleigh for first team title behind Small’s three event wins
GREENSBORO, NC – Panther Creek captured the school’s first team title in Women’s Track and Field behind three individual event wins from Morgan Smalls in the jumping events. Smalls set a new state record in the high jump clearing 6’ 0.25”, breaking the record of Adrianne Sims from Douglas Byrd who cleared 6’ 0” in 1997.
Smalls claimed victory in the long jump as well as she cleared 19’ 3.5” before earning a win in the triple jump with a distance of 40’ 7.5”. Smalls was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Performer.
Veronica Fraley was a double winner for Wakefield, claiming victory in the shot put and discus events. Fraley threw 47’ 2” in the shot put and a distance of 142’ 2” in the discus. Carmen Alder from Pinecrest won both the long distance events, crossing in 4:57.84 in the 1600 meters and 10:54.80 in the 3200 meters.
Southeast Raleigh teams won two of the four relay events. The Bulldog team of Ani Judd, Sierra Fletcher, Zarejha Hall and Jordan Chambers won the 4 x 100 meter relay in a time of 47.33 seconds. The Bulldogs also took the 4 x 200 meter relay event as Judd, Fletcher, Kyna Robinson and Hall teamed up to finish in 1:38.23.
Maya Singletary from Hoke County set a new state record in the 400 meter dash with her time of 53.42 seconds. Her performance snapped the old record of 53.50 seconds set by McKinley McNeill from Parkland in 2016.
4A Men’s Recap: Green Hope wins school’s first Men’s Track State Title outpacing Cary 55-44
GREENSBORO, NC – The Green Hope Falcons got a pair of individual event wins from Ian Delgado in the 800 and 1600 meter runs as well as a 3200 meter relay championship on their way to the program’s first team state title. The Falcon team of Daniel Vo, Matthew Kehn, Michael Biddle and Sean Petersen combined to post a time of 7:54.09 to win the 4 x 800 relay for Green Hope.
Garner’s Randolph Ross was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Performer. He was the champion of the 400 meter dash with a time of 47.58 seconds. He finished third in the 200 meter dash crossing in 21.80 seconds behind the winner, Cameron Rose from Hickory Ridge and second-place Ronnell McRae from Southeast Raleigh who posted 21.74 seconds and 21.79 seconds respectively.
Ross claimed second in the high jump, clearing 6’ 6” and finishing behind only Mallard Creek’s Idris Bernard. Ross ran the second leg of Garner’s runner-up 4 x 100 relay squad, combining with Alexander Nunley, Prestige Bellamy and Rondell Terry to finish in 41.85 seconds, just one-hundredth of a second behind the winning team from North Mecklenburg of Stanley Ingram, Jalen Jones, Emmanuel Wilson and Dequan Lynn.
Chancelor Crawford from North Mecklenburg was the lone individual to claim victory in two individual events. Crawford won the shot put and discus events, tossing 58’ 4” in the shot put and 170’ 3” in the discus.
Cary finished in second place in the meet thanks to a first-place finish in the 4 x 400 meter relay. The Imps saw Brian Stevenson, Kayin Fails, Tre’ Thomas and Anthony Robinson combine to break the line in 3:20.16 over half of a second faster than the second place team from Grimsley of Jakel Chalmers, Lance McMillan, Justin Santiago and Anthony Morgan.