BENSON — Southeast Raleigh’s boys and girls winter track and field teams swept the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference championships Wednesday on a cold afternoon at West Johnston High School. The meet was held despite temperatures in the 30s to give athletes one last chance to reach state championship qualifying minimums.
The Bulldogs’ boys team totaled 189 points and picked up five individual event victories. Knightdale, the defending 4A indoor and outdoor team champion, was second with 145 points. Clayton (59) was third, ahead of West Johnston (53). Garner, Harnett Central, East Wake and Smithfield-Selma wrapped up the boys standings.
Sandy Chapman won the triple jump at 43 feet, 9 ½ inches and prevailed in the 55-meter hurdles at 8.05 seconds. The Bulldogs’ 4x800 relay team of David Conner, James Branch, Jamaree Murray and Robert Williams won their race in 8:32.29. Williams won the 1,000 individually in 3:21.52).
Terrence Adams, Ryan Adams and Khalil Gary of Southeast were among six entries who cleared 9-6 on the afternoon. Clayton’s Payton Guerrero, P.J. Gilmartin and Garrett Lowery also cleared 9-6 and the half-dozen competitors shared conference champion honors.
High jump honors were split between nine competitors: Knightdale's Armota Tyler, Southeast's Myles Harris, Marcell Johnson of Knighdale, Demetrius Sanders of Southeast, Justin Morris of Southeast, Michael Jenkins of Garner, Colton Irelan of East Wake, Jamie Brown of Knightdale and Jesse Freeman of Harnett Central.
Knightdale’s Kimani Hoffman won the long jump (20-9 ½) and the 300 (35.89). The Knights’ 4x400 relay team also prevailed. The Knights’ Marquavious Johnson brought home the 500 title.
Clayton’s Connor Barbour led the way in the shot put with a season’s best throw of 44-5 ½. Justin Berkey of Garner won the 3,200 in 10:08.25, while West Johnston’s Jake Betancourt topped the 1,600 field in 4:45.96.
Garner sophomore Nyheim Hines was one of the few running event winners on the day who posted a season’s best time in the blustery conditions. He ran the 55 meters in 6.56 seconds.
Hisaun Yates was Smithfield-Selma’s highest finishing boys’ competitor, taking fifth in the shot.
Southeast Raleigh’s 4x400 girls relay team with Alexus Gray, Kaylie Loyd, Jasmine Allen and Charity Lackey helped lead the Bulldogs to their team championship, winning in 4:18.99.
Lackey grabbed the 1,000 meters in 3:21.52 and fellow Bulldog Tametrius Morrison won the 500 (1:19.99).
The girls competition feartured a pair of shared event championships. Clayton’s Lisette Flores and Kristen Duncan and Smithfield-Selma’s Valerie Davis shared girls pole vault honors at eight feet.
Southeast’s Amara Bell and MacKenzie Mann of Clayton were co-high jump champions. Bell also won the triple jump (34-5), while teammate Sharmani Hall brought home the shot title (35-6 ½).
Clayton was second in the girls standings with 118 points, 51 behind Southeast. West Johnston was a close third to Clayton, just five points behind.
Mollie Williams of Clayton leapt and ran her way to the league’s 55 hurdle championship in 8.52 seconds.
West Johnston won the 3,200 relay in 10:21.25 with Lauren Hermane, Jamie Judd, Sharise Sampson and Becca Meshaw. Meshaw was part of three championships. She won the 3,200 (12:09.76) and the 1,600 (5:34.86).
Jasmine Dawson of West ruled the sprints, taking the 55 in 7.36 seconds (a season’s best) and the 300 in 41.71 seconds.
Garner’s girls finished fifth, paced by a pair of fifth places finishes from Ejessica Brown in the triple jump and Justine Nunley in the hurdles.
The state indoor championships will be held on Feb. 9 in Winston-Salem.