Northern boys look strong as regionals approach
Every time he looked up, Northern Vance coach Wilton Baskett saw blue and gold.
The Viking boys had a good showing at Wednesday’s 3-A Carolina Conference Track and Field Championship. It wasn’t good enough for the win as Northern finished second to Chapel Hill, but the Vikings seem to be hitting the right stride heading into next weekend’s Mideast Regionals.
“The kids are really stepping up and pulling for each other and giving an all-out effort,” said Baskett.
Montel Clark was one of four individual boys winners for Northern, claiming a shot put victory. Jaleel Seward had a win in the 400-meters and Vincent Ragland and Jeffrey Jones posted win in the high and low hurdles, respectively.
Northern also recorded wins in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays.
Tyrrick Bullock was on both of those relays and volunteered to run a leg in the 4x400 as well.
Freshman Jeffrey Jones scored a dramatic win in the 300-meter hurdles when he edged out a Chapel Hill runner that tripped on his last hurdle.
“Him, Kris Haywood, James Alexander, they’ve been fantastic,” Baskett said of his freshman class.
Bullock has qualified for the regionals in both the 100 and 200 and Devin Anderson has qualified in the 100. Ragland has also qualified for the regionals in both hurdle events.
For the girls, Jazmine Haywood has regional-qualifying times in the 100, 200 and high jump.
Hunter sweeps sprints for Southern
Southern Vance’s Reggie Hunter won both the 100 and 200 Thursday and his Raider relay teams took second in the 4x100 and 4x200.
Southern coach Shannon Allen said Hunter entered the season with confidence.
“He’s a different kid than he was last year,” said Allen. “He works hard. He’s a character in his own right, but he works hard. He had in his mind yesterday that he was winning today. You could not tell him different. You were not going to tell him different.”
The Southern boys were third overall and the girls took fifth.
The Southern boys were second in both the shot put and discus and Jeremiah Williams won the triple jump. Ty-Traveon Roberts was second in the high jump.
Emerald Hayes won the long jump Wednesday and qualified for the regionals in the triple jump for the third consecutive year.
Jaquez Bullock and Xavier Gregory have also qualified for the regionals as throwers. Qualik Shearin will join Hunter at the regionals as a sprinter.
Canaan Dale and Tiara Jordan are among the Southern girls that have clinched regional bids.
Has the season been a success?
“When we do well in regionals, then it will be a pretty good year for us,” said Allen. “And then when we get to states, that’s how we declare it’s a good year.”
Webb boys suffer setback
The J.F. Webb boys don’t have the best numbers, but the 4x400 was their event.
It was, anyway, until top runner Khalil Brown injured his knee. Brown’s absence likely means Webb won’t make a regional appearance.
“We ask our kids to do a lot,” coach Kenneth Rogers said Wednesday. “Today’s one of those days where our lack of depth is really causing us a lot of trouble.”
The 4x100 team just missed a regional time and the team overall finished last in the overall standings.
Wednesday’s bright spot was a high jump victory for Josh Jones.
“The best thing I’ve seen is our desire to compete even though we’re undermanned,” said Rogers. “The attitudes are terrific.”
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