Patriots Dominate Carver Track Meet
The Pinecrest boys and girls grabbed the team titles and several of the individual awards at Saturday’s 13th annual Bill Carver Classic held at Reid Ross Classical School in Fayetteville.
Steven Kennedy of the Patriots was named MVP of the field events for the boys after finishing first in the triple jump and second in the long jump. Teammate Beckett Killam was named track MVP for winning the 1,600-meter run, and finishing second in the 800-meter run.
As an overall team, Pinecrest was named coed total team champion.
Other highlights for local athletes included Jennie Cunningham and Kelsey Rea finishing one-two in the 400-meter run. Abby Snyder had a personal best time of 59.93 in a preliminary heat for the 400, but didn’t race in the final, resting up for the next event the 300-meter hurdles. She had a personal best time in the preliminaries of 45.67 before winning the race in 45.74.
Later, Cunningham, Rea, Snyder and Christina Stone took first in the 1,600-meter relay.
Also for the Patriot girls, Sarah Presley, Katie Hayes and Zia Matti took the first three places in the 3,200-meter run and Jaleigh Jensen was second in the 1,600. Cunningham, Hayes, Jensen and Pressley combined to win the 3,200 relay.
In the field events, Victoria Davis of Union Pines came in third in the triple jump and fourth in the high jump.
The Patriot boys piled up the points in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs. Killam, Jacob Troutman and Will Pearson were one-two-three in the 1,600. Robert Anderson and Brandon Elliott took the top-two spots in the freshmen 1,600. Chris Kelly, Matt Harmody and William Proulx took the first three places in the 3,200.
In the field events, Spencer Walden of Union Pines, one of the top high jumpers in the state, won with a meet record jump of 6-foot-9. Javen McNeill of Pinecrest was second with a personal best 6-6. Joseph Poole of Union Pines was fourth at 6-2.
Walden also took third in the triple jump won by the Patriots’ Kennedy. Matt Carlson of Pinecrest won the discus with a personal best toss of 149-07. Jay Harris and Brian Stonesifer of the Patriots were one-two in the pole vault.
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