The Pinecrest Patriots indoor track and field teams traveled to Reid Ross Classical School in Fayetteville recently to compete in their second South View Polar Bear meet of the year.

The Patriots had an excellent showing, with many athletes earning season bests and some qualifying for the state meet.

Highlights for the Lady Patriots included Lauren Wimberly taking the top spot in the 3,200-meter run, breaking the tape in a new personal best of 11:42.10, Helen West winning the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:21.60, Brianna Holley dominating the triple jump, jumping 30-1, Arianna Russell setting a new personal best time of 43.44 in the 300-meter dash to earn third place and the 4x400-meter relay team of Carmen Alder, Arianna Russell, Vanessa Alder and West combining for a state qualifying time of 4:11.60 to win the race.

T’Jaden Gaddy was the standout performance for the Patriot boys’ team, taking first place in the long jump with his jump of 20-9.

Other excellent Patriot performances included Zack Gilbertson breaking the tape in the 1,000-meter run with his time of 2:43.50, Nahjiir Seagraves earning a new personal best time of 8.84 in the 55-meter hurdles to finish in fourth, and Matt Bauer and Adrian Archer stunning the field in the 500 to finish in second and third, running 1:08.80, and 1:09.10, respectively.

The Union Pines Vikings also competed in the Polar Bear meet, with excellent performances by Reagan Chapman in the girls’ 1,600-meter run, earning second with a time of 5:55.30, Joelie DeVries in the girls’ high jump, earning second place with her jump of 4-10, Kayla Hines in the girls’ triple jump, finishing in second place, jumping 29-4, and Brady Verett in the boys’ shot put, throwing 35-3 to snatch the fourth-place spot.

The Patriots competed in the Virginia Showcase Friday and Saturday at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.

Helen West is a member of the Pinecrest girls’ indoor track and field team.

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