Bruins 4x100 relay finishes 2nd at NCHSAA 2-A meet

NJ’s Pinder ends career with 4 more state titles

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GREENSBORO — Despite taking the No. 4 seed into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A championship meet, the Beddingfield High 4x100 relay team flirted with bringing home a state title Friday afternoon on Irwin Belk Track on the campus of North Carolina A&T.

Instead, the Bruin quartet of sophomore Zachary Adams, freshman Trayvon Newsome, senior Kenny Sims and junior Aaron Bland ended up with silver medals after a second-place showing in the championship race. Beddingfield crossed the line in a time of 43.19, almost a full second behind Marshville Forest Hills. The Yellowjackets, behind Jadus Davis, Jaleel McLaughlin, Scott McClendon and Ellijah Gaddy, finished in 42.24 to deny the Bruins.

Beddingfield’s time was a season best, easily eclipsing the 43.75 the Bruins ran in finishing second at the 2-A East Regional meet last week at Elizabeth City.

Kinston, the 2-A East regional champion in the event, was relegated to a ninth-place finish in the 16-team field.

However, North Johnston senior Dylan Pinder bid farewell to his prep career by claiming four additional gold medals in the boys wheelchair 100- and 200-meter dashes, a s well as the wheelchair shot put and discus. Pinder was opposed by North Brunswick’s Kenny Korff in all but the 100, with Pinder getting the upper hand on each occasion. Pinder turned in an unopposed time of 24.62, a personal record, in the 100 before besting Korff in the 200 in 50.97.

He used throws of 40 feet, 10 inches in the discus as well as a 15-0 heave in the shot put to assert his field dominance. Pinder finishes his career with 17 indoor and outdoor state titles.

SouthWest Edgecombe turned in a fifth-place finish in the boys 4x200 relay, with Jahleel Anderson, sophomore Jelan Smith, senior Larry Johnson and junior Jahkele Goins serving as the Cougars runners.

Other Beddingfield participants included Bland, who did not qualify for the finals of the boys’ 100 after running a time of 11.40 in the preliminaries. In the girls shot put, Lady Bruins junior Kelsiyah Smith finished 11th.

Aside from Pender, North Johnston was represented by senior Quasheila Thorne in the 400 and senior Alex Boyette in the high jump. Thorne recorded an eight-place showing, with Boyette, the East Regional champion, tying for 12th.

Greene Central senior Da’Jon Thaggard logged a 10th-place performance in the long jump.

Beddingfield’s Sims, who also qualified in the triple jump, could not compete in the event after suffering a hamstring injury while running the 4x100.