Track Qualifying Continues
Tashi Whitney won three events as qualifying for the NCHSAA state indoor track and field championships continued with another Polar Bear meet at Union Pines on Saturday.
Athletes from Union Pines, Pinecrest, South View, Scotland County, Western Harnett, Overhills, Westover and Southern Lee competed in the event.
Whitney, a Union Pines junior, was first in the girls’ high jump with a qualifying effort of 5-feet. She also won the long jump and triple jump and finished second in the 55-meter hurdles.
Other top results for the Viking girls included a first by Shameka Smith and a second by Bridgett Taylor in the shot put. Taylor was also second in the triple jump, and teammate Jackisha Caddell was third in the long jump.
Lamont Reaves, of Union Pines, was second in the boys’ 500-meter run in a qualifying time of 1:09. He previously qualified for the state meet in the 1,000.
The already-qualified John Minott exceeded the standard in winning the triple jump with a leap of 44-6. Minott also came in second in the long jump.
Also for the Viking boys, Thomas Freeman was second in the 1,000 run, Will McCoy, Trevor Morris and Joseph Morris finished second, third and fourth, respectively, in the 3,200 run, and Justin Davis took third in the triple jump and fourth in the long jump.
The Viking boys’ 3,200-meter relay team, made up of Lamont, Freeman, Trevor Morris, Dylan Blue and Saulo Rodriguez, previously qualified for the state meet.
Courtney Rainey, of Pinecrest, won the girls’ 500, missing the qualifying time by less than a second. Another Patriot runner, Haley Germain, was first in the 1,000 run she previously qualified for. Teammate Sarah Pressley was second in the 1,600 and narrowly missed qualifying.
Another Polar Bear meet will be held at Pinecrest on Saturday morning.
The state championship meet will be held at UNC on Feb. 13.
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