Pat Boys Second, Girls Third in Track
The Pinecrest boys finished a close second and the Patriot girls came in third at the Mid-Southeastern Conference track championships that concluded at the John Williams Athletic Complex on Wednesday.
Jack Britt won both team titles, led by conference athletes of the year in distance runner Jordan Locklear and sprinter Sanura Eley-O'Reilly. Lexie Schustrom was the top performer for Pinecrest, finishing first in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs, second in the 800 meters, and anchoring the runner-up 3,200 relay team.
Another one of the leading point getters for the Patriot girlswas Ceci Weibert, who came in first in the pole vault, fourth in the 300-meter hurdles, fifth in the 100-meter hurdles and ran a leg for the fifth place 1,600 relay team.
Jack Britt finished with a 119-110 edge in points over the Pinecrest boys, led by Locklear's wins in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 runs. Event winners for the Patriots were Bret Toomer in the long jump and Deaton Wright in the pole vault.
The Patriots' Scott Whitecar and Craig Baggett gave Locklear strong opposition, finishing second to the Buccaneer star in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs, respectively. Both were members of the second-place 3,200 relay team and Whitecar posted a fourth in the 800 run.
Other big contributors for the Pats included Dylan Gaffney with a second in the discus and a third in the shot put, and Harron Carson with a third in the 110 hurdles and a fifth in the 300 hurdles.
Also, Aaron Shamberger ran a personal best and qualified for the regional competition with a third-place finish in the 400-meter dash and anchored the 1,600 relay quartet that came in third.
The complete roster of Pinecrest athletes qualifying for the Eastern Regional Track meet at West Johnston on May 16 is expected to be announced next week.
Team results Boys Jack Britt 119, Pinecrest 110, Douglas Byrd 102, Richmond 99, Hoke 78, Seventy-First 70, Scotland 56, Westover 35; Girls Jack Britt 155, Scotland 145, Pinecrest 108, Seventy-First 79, Douglas Byrd 69, Richmond 47, Westover 44, Hoke 10.
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