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If he matches or surpasses his season-best long jump, Hunt High senior Dionte Alston could emerge as the first state indoor track and field champion in school history.
Entering Friday’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A indoor track and field championship at JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, Alston has a seed distance of 22 feet, 10.5 inches. That’s just a half-inch less than top-seeded Kolby Cuthrell of Southwest Guilford. Third on the seeding list is North Brunswick’s Jieem Bullock, 6 inches behind Alston.
Alston, who is also entered in the triple jump and the 55-meter dash, ranks as the best opportunity for an athlete in The Wilson Times readership area to win a state title. In the NCHSAA 1-A/2-A championship meet, also at JDL Fast Track, the boys 4x200 relay team from SouthWest Edgecombe is listed second on the seeding chart. The Cougars’ qualifying time of 1 minute, 32.91 seconds is less than a second off the top pace of 1:32.07 by Monroe Central Academy of Technology and Arts.
Alston’s Hunt classmate, senior Clarence Ward, should be considered a threat to place in the boys triple jump. His seed mark of 44-3.5 ranks fourth. The top seed, Southern Durham’s Jordan Purvis, has posted a leap of 46-4.25. Alston is seeded seventh with a season best of 42-0.
Ward is tied for seventh seed in the boys long jump at 21-3 while Alston’s time of 6.59 seconds ranks him 25th in the boys 55 dash.
Hunt has three outdoor track and field state champions (Trevor Kyle — boys discus, 2012; Nakeisha Jones, — girls discus, 2015; Jeremiah Ganaway, boys high jump, 2018).
Other area athletes competing in the 3-A championship meet are Fike junior Chase Eaton, seeded 23rd in the boys 55 hurdles at 8.34 seconds, and Golden Demons senior Davis Nicol, tied for 16th seed in the boys pole vault at 11-6.
C.B. Aycock senior Keontai Taylor is tied for 13th seed with a time of 8.14 seconds in the boys 55 hurdles.Three area athletes still own state 3-A indoor championship meet records with Sabrina Thompson’s 55 dash in 7.0 seconds in 1996 ranking as the oldest girls mark still on the board. Fike’s Maya Evans holds the girls 500 dash with a time of 1:16.50 in 2013 while Southern Nash’s Nadir Thompson maintains the boys 300 dash benchmark with a time of 34.78 seconds in 2017.
Junior Davallice Rasberry of Beddingfield will compete in two events at Saturday’s 1-A/2-A championship meet. He is tied for 16th seed in the boys high jump at 5-8 and ranks 17th in the boys 55 hurdles at 8.78 seconds. Bruins sophomore Travon Newsome is tied with 10 others for the fourth seed in the boys 55 dash at 6:64 seconds.