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GREENSBORO — Beddingfield sophomore Makayla Everette and Hunt senior C.J. Ward enjoyed the best performances of any athlete from The Wilson Times readership area Friday at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A/3-A track and field championships.
Everette produced a personal-record throw of 118 feet, 9 inches — which was 2 1/2 feet better than her previous best — to place fifth in the 2-A girls discus at Irwin Belk Track on the campus on North Carolina A&T State University. Teteateh Snoh of Durham School of the Arts set a new state 2-A record with a toss of 143-10.
Everette, the only area athlete competing in two individual events at the state championships, placed 13th in the shot put with a distance of 32-9.5.
Ward didn’t set a personal precedent but his leap of 44-9 was good enough for fifth place in the 3-A boys triple jump. His previous best of 45-11.5, the winning jump at the 3-A East Regional on Saturday, May 11, would have only been good for fourth place Friday. Waxhaw Cuthbertson senior Trevor Grant was the winner with a leap of 47-2.75.
Ward’s Hunt teammate Dionte Alston, the state 3-A indoor long jump champion, scratched on all three of his jumps in the preliminaries and failed to make the finals. Alston had the best boys long jump in the state for much of the spring at 23-6 until he was unseated by North Brunswick’s Jieem Bullock at the East Regional meet. Bullock won with a jump of 23-1 on Friday to go with his victory in the high jump.
Fike senior Davis Nicole, the 3-A East boys pole vault winner, also failed to get out of the preliminary by not clearing the bar on each of his three attempts.
Other area individuals to finish in the top 10 were Greene Central sophomore Sayquon Conner, Greene Central junior Gregory Daniels, SouthWest Edgecombe sophomore Alonee Smallwood and Fike senior Zy’ree Wilder. Conner jumped 21-5 in the long jump, finishing fifth.
Daniels placed eighth in the 2-A boys shot put with a heave of 46-6.75 while Smallwood was eighth in the 2-A girls shot put with a distance of 33-8.5. Wilder was 10th in the 3-A boys triple jump, soaring 42-3.25.
The SouthWest Edgecombe boys 4x100-meter relay team of sophomore Demari Mabry, senior Jelan Smith, sophomore Tayshaun Pittman and junior Cortezz Jones placed seventh with a time of 43.39 seconds, an improvement on the quartet’s seed time of 43.68. However, the Cougars’ 4x200 relay team of senior Jamari Staton, junior Jarquez Dickens, Pittman and Jones — which was seeded third — was disqualified for passing the baton outside the zone.
Beddingfield sophomore Ihjanae Cooper finished 11th in the girls 300-meter hurdles, crossing the line in 48.78 seconds, a tenth of a second better than her regional time.
Hunt sophomore Zachary Jones placed 13th in the 3-A boys shot put with a 44-1 but the Warriors 4x100 relay also encountered hand-off problems and didn’t finish the race. Southern Nash’s Tristian Foster finished 14th in the 3-A girls 300 hurdles in 48.84 seconds.
In the 2-A meet, SouthWest Edgecombe’s Larry Jones placed 12th in the boys 400 dash in 52.87 while Greene Central’s Aaliyah Davis was 14th in the girls triple jump at 32-0.75.
The Cougars 4x400 relay team of Larry Jones, Rashun Wooten, Mabry and Cortezz Jones was 15th in 3:36.33.
North Johnston sophomore Tatiana Powell was 13th in the girls 200 in 27.65 while the Lady Panthers 4x800 relay team of Beonka Agosto, Sydney Swartz, Mackenzie Swartz and Angela James-Creech finished 16th in 12:08.52.
In the team standings, Winston-Salem Parkland edged Cuthbertson by seven points to win the 3-A girls title. Parkland’s Alexis Patterson, who won the 100 dash and 100 hurdles and was second in the 200 dash, was named MVP. Weddington cruised to the 3-A boys championship. Emerson Douds of Weddington earned MVP honors by winning the 100, 200 and 400 dashes and anchoring the Warriors’ victorious 4x400 relay.
Burlington Cummings ruled the 2-A girls meet with Kendall Jordan getting the MVP nod after winning both hurdles and the triple jump while North Lincoln claimed the 2-A boys title. Croatan’s Brendon Hodge was accorded the MVP as he won the 110 and 300 hurdles and was second in the pole vault while being part of Croatan’s triumphant 4x400 relay.