Knightdale wants to add another outdoor crown to indoor championship

tstevens@newsobserver.comFebruary 23, 2013 

Cary's Bakri Abushouk celebrates his hard fought 3200 meter victory in the 4A indoor track meet on Feb. 9, 2013.


After rolling to yet another N.C. High School Athletic Association indoor track and field championship this winter, Knightdale coach David Castell and his boys track and field team are in search of a sweep.

Led by Henry Kiedy, Marquavious Johnson, Marcell Johnson and Adonis Williams, the Knights dominated the indoor state championships en route to their third straight title.

Kimani Hoffman also won the indoor triple jump championship and Johnson took home the 500. Kiedy, Johnson, Johnson, Williams and Bernard Freeman combined to win indoor titles in the 4x800 and 4x400.

But the good times end quickly for the Knights, as Castell looks to defend not only the outdoor state championship he’s won the last three years, but also his track and field Coach of the Year award.

Other teams to watch

Broughton: The Caps are led by a corps of distance runners who won the NCHSAA 4A cross country championship last fall. Junior William Roberson was third in the cross country championships.

Cary: Bakri Abushouk won the 4A individual cross country title last fall and followed up with a victories in the 1,000, 1,600 and 3,200 in the indoor finals. Phillip Thomas cleared 14-6 to easily win the 4A indoor pole vault title as the Imps finished second.

Cardinal Gibbons: The Crusaders nipped Chapel Hill for the NCHSAA 3A cross country crown last fall and has a corps of distance runners..

Chapel Hill: The Tigers were second in the NCHSAA 4A cross country, led by third-place Chris Reeder.

Southeast Raleigh: The Bulldogs are strong in the relays and have great depth. Southeast was third in the 4A indoors.

Players to watch

Jon Beyle, East Chapel Hill, Sr.: Set state indoor shot record in his title win after claiming the 2012 outdoor title. Beyle’s 61-feet, 10-inch put was the longest ever indoors by a North Carolina high school athlete. Also won the 2012 outdoor championship in the discus.

A.J. Tucker, Cedar Ridge, Sr.: Tucker won the 2A state title in cross country and added the 1A/2A/3A indoor 3,200 championship.

Colin Godwin, Cary Academy, Sr.: Won the NCISAA 800 and 1,600 state titles in 2012 and was runner-up in the 3,200.

Malik Goldston, Durham Riverside, Sr.: 4A indoor long jump champion.

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