Bullock finishes second in shot put
Southern Vance senior Ja’Quez Bullock had never had one of his shot put throws scratched until the regionals this season.
On Saturday, it happened three times at the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 2-A championships at N.C. A&T. Each of Bullock’s three throws in the finals were fouls, landing out of bounds to the right.
It would have been a tall task anyway to top North Brunswick junior Derrick Wheeler, who won the event with a throw of 52 feet, 9 inches.
Bullock finished second by virtue of his third throw of the morning that went 49 feet, 11 inches.
“I had thrown a 53 before so I knew I could beat him,” said Bullock, “but he lucked up and threw that 52 like I lucked up and threw that 53 that time. He just had the right meet.”
Brad Cannon of Southwest Onslow was third with a toss of 48 feet, inches.
Bullock made his third consecutive appearance in the state championships with the previous two coming on the 3-A level. He improved upon a ninth-place finish his sophomore season and seventh in 2013.
“To get No. 2 in the state — we’re talking about the whole state of North Carolina,” said Southern head coach Clarence Dale. “It’s absolutely awesome.”
Bullock, an N.C. State football recruit, was the Northern Carolina Conference and Mideast Regional shot put champion.
“I’m going to miss Southern Vance sports and high school,” said Bullock. “For the past four years, that’s been my life. But I’m going to have a new life at State now.”
Raiders’ 4x1 squad tops Bunn, but not field
Southern’s 4x100 meters boys relay team of Shawn Henderson, Jeremiah Williams, Ty-Traveon Roberts, and Qualik Shearin topped its rival, but finished 10th overall.
The Raiders also bested their qualifying mark with a time of 43.96 to finish third in their heat.
Winston-Salem Carver took the 4x1 title in 43.08 seconds.
“I think it was probably the best run of the year,” said Dale. “We have improved, thank God, every week. The great thing about it is having kids from Vance County coming to this level at the state meet and be competitive. It’s an honor.”
It was the first time Southern edged Bunn this season. The Wildcats finished 11th.
Each member of Southern’s 4x1 squad is a senior.
The Raiders finished 26th overall out of 57 teams as North Brunswick claimed the boys title.
Isaiah Moore of Burlington Cummings captured first in three events (110-meter high hurdles, long jump, 300-meter hurdles) to take meet MVP honors.
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