Local track competitors bring home state championships
WINSTON-SALEM — Burlington Cummings won its sixth state girls team title in the last eight years in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A/2-A indoor track and field championships at JDL Fast Track on Saturday.
But in the individuals competition, Starmount’s Hunter Welborn came out strong and took first place in two girls events.
Welborn won a pair of field events, the triple jump and high jump, taking the high jump at 5-06 (1.67 meters) and the trip jump with 36-05 (11.09 meters).
And Elkin’s Shakai Ward took first place in the girls 300 meter dash with a time of 41.60.
Forbush’s Dlan Andrade took fourth in the 300 meter dash for the boys in a time of 36.93.
North Surry’s Alex Cooke took first place in girls shot put with a throw of 40-07.75, or 1.38 meters. Raymond Salazar of Surry Central placed fourth in boys shot put with a throw of 47-02, or 14.37 meters, while Starmount’s Josh Houser earned sixth place with his throw coming in at 43-11.25, or 13.39 meters.
In the 1,000 meter run, Surry Central’s Daniel Alvarez came in at sixth place in 2:46.37.
Elkin’s Jacob Parker finished eighth in the boys 3,200 meter run.
In team competition at the end of the day, Starmount’s girls finished in sixth place in the state, while Elkin tied with North Surry and two other schools for 16th place.
Surry Central’s boys team placed 21, tying with South Lenoir, while Elkin, Forbush and North Johnston tied at 28th. Starmout tied for 34th with four other teams.
In other individual events, senior Renazia Collins of Monroe captured top honors in both the 55 dash and the 500.
Cummings freshman Kayla Moore took first place in the long jump and the 55 hurdles to lead her team to 64 points, just four ahead of runner-up Monroe. Durham School of the Arts was third with 39, followed by Community School of Davidson (35) and Mount Pleasant (31). A total of 37 schools scored in the women’s meet.
Malia Ellington of Community School of Davidson had a great meet, winning three events, and was named the Most Valuable Performer. She finished first in the 1600 in a time of 4:58.43, which surpassed what had been the combined 1A/2A/3A record by almost six seconds. That standard had been set by Erika Schnable of Hendersonville in 2002. The CSD junior also won both the 1000 and the 3200.
North Brunswick earned the men’s team title with 53 points, with Derrick Wheeler winning the shot put and Terrance Brown the high jump to lead the way. Currituck was second with 41 points, and then came in order North Carolina School of Science and Math (37), Cummings (34) and Claremont Bunker Hill (32). There were 42 teams scoring in the men’s meet,
Burlington Cummings senior Isaiah Moore was a double individual winner, taking both the long jump and the 55 meter hurdles, and he earned MVP honors in the championship for the third consecutive year. He also finished second in the high jump and third in the triple jump. Zach Boone of Mitchell excelled in the distance events, winning both the 1600 and 3200.
In wheelchair competition, Catherine Armstrong of SouthWest Edgecombe won both her events and Bruce Floyd of South Lenoir set a new wheelchair shot put record with a throw of 12 feet, 4.75 inches.
It was the first year for a separate 1-A/2-A championship, as the sport classified from two championships to three for the 2013-14 indoor season. For the last seven years, there was a separate 4-A meet and the 1-A, 2-A and 3-A schools competed together in a single championship.
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