Southeast Raleigh Sweeps 4-A Championships


CHAPEL HILL — Steven Bell of Southeast Raleigh won both the triple jump and long jump to lead his school to its third men’s state team championship in the last four years and a sweep of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A indoor track and field championships Saturday night at the Eddie Smith Indoor Arena on the UNC campus.

Southeast Raleigh and Raleigh Wakefield finished one-two in both the men’s and the women’s competition.

Bell won two events and finished fourth in the long jump to take Most Valuable Performer honors in the men’s meet. Southeast tallied 48 points to 40 for Wakefield, with Knightdale in third at 28. Charlotte Vance was fourth with 27 and Charlotte Ardrey Kell fifth with 25. A total of 43 schools scored in the men’s meet.

Junior Jarrett Samuels was also a double winner, as the Charlotte Vance standout took first place in both the long jump and the 300 meters.

A victory in the final event of the night secured the title for the Southeast women t as the four by 400 relay team set a new state record in the process, breaking the old mark set by Mount Tabor in 2009 by about three seconds.

Southeast Raleigh had 48 points to 43.5 for runner-up Raleigh Wakefield, followed by Matthews David Butler (37), Southern Pines Pinecrest (36), Asheville T.C. Roberson (27) and Durham Jordan (26). A total of 43 schools scored in the women’s meet.

Southeast also got victories by Dannielle Davis in the 55 meter hurdles and Ebony Scott in the 55 dash in taking the women’s team title for the fourth time in the last five years.

Hannah Hensly of Pinecrest was the women’s MVP, finishing as runner-up in both the long jump and high jump while taking fifth in the triple jump.

Cary’s women’s four by 800 relay team set a new state mark in that event in 9:30.90, shattering the old standard by almost 10 seconds.