Polar Bear Track Meet
The Patriot Polar Bear Track and Field Meet at Pinecrest on Saturday was aptly named, as 247 athletes from a dozen high schools competed with temperatures in the 40s.
The Patriot girls won eight of the 14 events, including a school record-breaking performance by senior Lexie Schustrom in the 3,200-meter run. The meet was a qualifier for the 2010 NCHSAA Indoor Track and Field Championships scheduled to be held in February.
Schustrom finished second in the 3,200 in both the 2009 state indoor and outdoor championships. On Saturday, with the boys and girls running together, she won the girls' race with a time of 10:59, breaking her previous school standard of 11:08. Kenny Hinman of South View was the boys' winner in 10:15.
Schustrom is also the Pinecrest record holder in the 1,600-meter and the 5-kilometer cross country runs.
Picking up a first in the field events for the Patriot boys was Dylan Gaffney in the shot put. Patriot freshman Hannah Hensley won the girls' high jump and triple jump and was second in the long jump.
Mitchell McNeill of Union Pines was first in the high jump with an impressive early-season effort of 6-feet, 2 inches. Viking teammate John Minott won the triple jump and was the runner-up in the long jump. Ceci Weibert and Adam Fogelman of Pinecrest won the girls' and boys' pole vault competitions, respectively.
In the first running event of the day, the Pinecrest quartet of Jennie Cunningham, Haley Germain, Schustrom and Sarah Pressley won the 3,200-meter relay. The Patriots' Jazz Jones was first in the 55-meter dash, and teammate Courtney Rainey won the 500-meter run.
Germain, Pressley, Kara Zoellner and Allie Schustrom took the first four places in the 1,000-meter run.
Team results: Girls Pinecrest 198, South View 71.5, Douglas Byrd 61.5, Franklinton 32, E.E. Smith 31, Triton 23.5, Green Hope 18, Union Pines 17.5, Northern Durham 17; Boys South View 163, Scotland County 101, Pinecrest 75, Douglas Byrd 57.5, Union Pines 43, E.E. Smith 40.5, Triton 15, Franklinton 9, St. Paul's 8, Seventy-First 5, Northern Durham 3.
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