Area athletes qualify for state track meet

Published 6:27 pm Monday, May 16, 2022

17 individuals and eight relay teams will represent Beaufort County at this weekend’s state track meets at North Carolina A & T State University in Greensboro. The top four finishers in each event advance.

Washington High School senior William Reid qualified in the 110 hurdles for the second straight year with a second place (15.79) finish in Saturday’s 2A East regional at Northeastern High School in Elizabeth City.

Pam Pack sophomore Hailey Broadwell will make her first state tournament appearance after a third place finish in the 3200 meters (14:15.44). The top four finishers in each event in the four regionals advance to the state meet.

“It’s a great accomplishment for Hailey to make it as a sophomore,” WHS coach Perry Owens said. “Dawn Landen, our distance and cross-country coach, has done a great job with her and it’s exciting to see her qualify. She was entered in the 1600 also, but decided to save her gas for the longer race and it paid off for her. William also ran a great race and it will be fun to watch him this weekend.”

Northside and Southside competed in the 1A East Regional at Pamlico County High School.

Panthers state qualifiers include senior Keanu Dugan, who won the 3200 meters (10:58.69) and finished second in the 1600 (4:58.05) and was part of the second place 4 x 800 relay team (8:56.49) along with freshman Andrew Harding, sophomore Mason Newman and senior Brent Holland.

Senior Bryson Proctor won the 300 hurdles (43.38) and was part of the second-place 4 x 400 relay team (3:48.21) along with Holland, Jordan Harding and Gavyn Taylor.

Newman finished third in the 800 meters (2:13.65), while junior Zane Brooks took third in the 110 hurdles (18:35).

Jordan Harding was fourth in the triple jump (38-4.50), while freshman Jayvian O’Neal was fourth in the shot put (40-05.5).

For the Northside girls, sophomore Mariah Jones took third in the shot put (29’-05), while classmate Kiele Scott (14:24.35) was fourth in the 3200 and freshman Abby Jarvis was fourth in the high jump (4’-6).

The Panthers 4 x 800 relay team of Leah Cahoon, Anna Claire Barrett, Emma Boyd and Ava Hedgepeth also finished fourth (12:33.92).

Southside also had several state qualifiers.

Sophomore Jacob Taylor was second in the 800 meters (2:13.34), while junior Darren Joyner took second in the high. Jump (6’-0) and was part of the second-place 4 x 200 relay team with Tater Moore, Kenjray Coffield and Victor Gonzalez.

For the Seahawks girls, junior Ka’Nyah O’Neal was third in the high jump (4’-10) and part of the fourth place 4 x 100 relay team with Aniya Moore, Jalyn Oden and Malanda Smith (55:32.)

Freshman I’kiriyah Minor (30’-01.50) was fourth in the triple jump, while Mackenzie Sparks took fourth in the shot put (29’-03.5).

Savannah Phelps, Delta Cole, Lelia Jones and Emma Smith qualified third in the 4 x 800 (12:21.07)

The 2A meet is Friday, followed by the 1A competition Saturday at the N.C. A&T track.