Area track athletes qualify for state
Published 8:24 pm Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Grice, Clayton, Jenkins, Staton are regional champs
Athletes from Washington, Northside, Southside and Williamston will be competing in the state track championships this weekend.
Several turned in top-four performances at their respective regional meets last weekend to earn spots at the state tournament. The Pam Pack competed at the 3-A East Regional meet in Swansboro, while the Northside Panthers, Southside Seahawks and Williamston Tigers participated in the 1-A East Regional meet at Pamlico.
The 1-A state championships will be held Friday, while the 3-A state championships will take place Saturday. Both championships will be held at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro.
Melvin Spruill earned a state-qualifying spot by taking second in the 400-meter dash. Spruill, the lone Washington boy to earn a state spot, was clocked in at 50.74 seconds.
Mike Moore was ninth (43.93) and Michael Godley 12th (43.99) in the 300-meter hurdles.
Moore added a 10th-place finish in the long jump (19-0). Anthony Ward was 15th (11.96 seconds) in the 100-meter dash.
The quartet of Brandon Sulc, Spruill, Raphael Gibbs and Raheam Patterson just missed out on a state spot, finishing fifth in 3:35.77.
The Pack’s 800-relay team of Spruill, William Ellegor, Gibbs and Patterson (1:32.86) took seventh.
Washington’s 400-meter relay foursome of Patterson, Ellegor, Ward and Darius Sneed took 10th in 45.11 seconds. The 3,200-relay team of Dylan Mizelle, Desmond Griffin, Sulc and Gibbs also took 10th with a time of 8:59.13.
Sharita Grice was crowned regional champion in the discus event, uncorking a heave of 108 feet, 9 inches. Grice is the lone Lady Pam Pack athlete to qualify for the state meet.
Grice was fifth in the shot put (30-11), just missing out on a state-qualifying spot, while TeAmber Burke was eighth (30-3.5)
Christol Carroll was ninth in the discus (83-11).
Washington’s Janel Griffin ran a 52.91, good for 10th place, in the 300-meter preliminaries.
The Pack’s 1,600-meter relay quartet of Elizabeth Tanner, Haley Hiatt, Vantashia Palmer and Jordan Cantrell took eighth with a 4:37.93 clocking.
The Pack’s 400-meter relay team of Akida Spencer, Shiquana Rascoe, Shakillya Williams and Yasmine Horton was 13th (53.72 seconds).
Washington’s 800-relay team of Hiatt, Palmer, Williams and Datisha Redmond was disqualified.
Tony Grice was crowned regional champion in the 400-meter dash (51.70) and triple jump (40-9) events. Grice added a third in the long jump (19-9).
Terrence Windley was second in the 800 (2:12.20), while Teon Aaron was third (116-4) in the discus.
The 1,600-meter relay team finished third in 3:40.
Two Seahawks earned state spots for the girls team.
Renihia Hodges captured second, and a state spot, in the 800-meter run (2:41.20).
Tiffany Harrell earned a state spot by taking third in the 400-meter dash, finishing in 1:07.80.
Kenneth Jenkins soared to regional championships in the high jump (6-4) and long jump (20-1) events.
Rashem Cooper took third in the high jump (5-10), while Bryant Fletcher was third in the 3,200-meter run (11:52).
The 3,200-relay team took fourth in 9:26.80.
Ashley Clayton earned a regional championship, taking first in the 300-meter hurdles (50.10). Clayton added a second in the triple jump (30-0) and a third in the 100-meter hurdles (18.0).
Orianna Phillips cleared 4-8 in the high jump, good for second place.
Kayla Cerny also qualified for state in the 300-hurdles, placing third (55.30).
Rebekah Bonney finished with third-place finishes in the shot put (29-8.5) and discus (90-11) events.
Bernadette Martin took fourth (18.30) in the 300-meter hurdles and long jump (13-9.5).
The 3,200-relay team will also be making the trek to state after taking third in 12:32.20.
Marquise Staton won a regional title in the 300-meter hurdles (43.70).
Jermaine McGhee was second in the 100-dash in 10.80 seconds.
Darik Cox was fourth (41-1.5) in the shot.
The 800-relay (1:33.80) and 1,600-relay (3:39) teams took second.
Lynn Davis took second in the discus (93-10) and fourth in the shot (29-1) events.
Fourths went to Quashonna Smith in the 200 (27.30) and Jakela Bryant in the 400 (1:11.70).
The 800-meter relay (1:55.90) and 1,600-meter relay (4:54) teams took third, while the 3,200 team (12:41.60) was fourth.