The Pinecrest Patriots and Union Pines Vikings track and field teams competed in the Viking Relays Saturday at Union Pines High School in Cameron.
Highlights for the Lady Patriots were the girls’ sprint medley relay team of Emily Ettrich, Izzy Vibert, Kirsten Provencher and Macie Kavanaugh competing in the co-ed event, winning the event with their time of 4:19.73, also earning them the school record; Madeline Tyson finishing in second place in the girls’ pole vault with her vault of 6-0; and the 4x400-meter relay team finishing in fourth place, crossing the line in 4:32.68.
Highlights for the Lady Vikings included Wilson Schaper and Lillia Dillham going one and two in the girls’ 3,200-meter run, finishing in 13:10.60, and 13:53.48, respectively; Rebecca Cook finishing in first place in the girls’ pole vault with her vault of 6-6; Zenobia Dowdy placing fifth in the girls’ discus, throwing 72-2;and Joelie Devries jumping her way to fourth place in the girls’ high jump with her jump of 4-8.
Highlights for the Patriot boys included Cody Leuenberger finishing in third in the boys’ pole vault, vaulting 8-0; and Caleb Nocton placing fourth in the boys’ 3,200 with his time of 11:25.36,
Highlights for the Viking boys included Trace Fraley winning the 3,200 with his time of 11:17.50, followed by fellow Viking Sam Patterson placing second, running 11:18.71; Ethan Sherrard winning the boys’ pole vault with his vault of 10-0, followed by fellow Viking Michael Collins who placed second, vaulting 8-0; and Scott Graham finishing in first and second in the boys’ discus and shot put, throwing 130-11 and 39-9.
Pinecrest held its Patriot Relay meet March 24 at John W. Williams Stadium. The meet featured only relay events.
The highlight of the day was the Patriot girls distance medley relay team consisting of 1,200-meter leg Emily Ettrich, 400-meter leg Izzy Vibbert, 800-meter leg Macie Kavanaugh and 1,600-meter leg Carmen Alder. The girls pushed hard and finished first overall, and their time of 12:25.64 qualified them for New Balance Nationals and earned them the school record.
Other highlights for the Patriot girls included a hard-fought victory for the girls 4x100-meter shuttle hurdle relay, finishing in 1:16.61, the girls’ throwers relay finished in first place with their time of 1:01.67, the girls’ 4x100-meter relay team coming across in 53.74 to earn them second place, the girls’ 4x1,600-meter race finished in second place with their time of 25:34.64, and Asia Adams placed second in the girls’ long jump and triple jump, jumping 13-6.25, and 32-6, respectively.
Highlights of the day for the boys included the boys’ throwers relay finishing in first place with their time of 51.23, the boys’ sprint medley relay consisting of two 200-meter legs, a 400-meter leg, and an 800-meter leg, won first place with a time of 3:43.45, the boys’ 4x1,600-meter relay ran 19:48.11 to secure them the first place spot, the boys’ 4x400 meter run finished in first place with their time of 3:39.71, T’Jaden Gaddy finished in first place in the boys triple jump, jumping 41-5, and Paul Sartorelli finished in second place in the boys shot put, throwing 40-6.5.
The Patriots will compete in their fifth conference meet of the year April 12 at Jack Britt High School in Fayetteville.
Helen West is a member of the Pinecrest girls’ track and field team.