Wakefield girls chase fourth straight track championship

tstevens@newsobserver.comFebruary 23, 2013 

Wakefield's Tiano Patillo takes the baton form teammate Dejah Jones and helps her team to a state in the girls 4x400 meter relay.

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The Wakefield girls have won N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A track and field championships the last three years and won the indoor championship this spring.

The Wolverines senior Tyra Led was the indoor 4A MVP after winning the 300 in state record time and adding the triple jump title. Kristen Lee set the state indoor pole vault record. Tiana Patillo, Dejah Jones, Destiny Robinson and JeMay Ward won the 4x400 indoors.

Wakefield topped second-place Southeast Raleigh 80-72 and the two clubs could compete all season.

Other teams to watch

Green Hope: The Falcons’ distance corps dominated the 4A cross country championships in the fall. Mo McDonnell, the indoor 1,600 champion, leads a running corps that is outstanding.

Cardinal Gibbons: The Crusaders group of distance runners ran away with the NCHSAA 3A cross country championship, topping second-place Chapel Hill 31-74. Junior Mary Grace Dogget won the cross country championship and repeated as the 3,200 champion indoors. She was second in the indoor 1,600. Sophie Ebihara was second in cross country.

Durham Academy: The Cavaliers return NCISAA 3A champions Betsy Womble (discus), Peyton Dilweg (long jump) and Cha’Mia Rothwell (100 and 200). Eliza Dekker is one of the top distance runners in the state.

Chapel Hill: The Tigers were second in cross country, led by fourth place Tristin Van Ord, an Appalachian State recruit.

Southeast Raleigh: The Bulldogs’ Amara Bell won the 4A indoor high jump to help Southeast to a runner-up finish indoors. Depth is a Southeast trademark.

Cary Academy: The Chargers won the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A title in 2012 and return senior Anna Mukamal and Hannah Goetz, plus juniors Chandler Coley and Emma Astrike-Davis.

Cary Christian: The Knights were NCISAA 1A/2A runners-up in 2012, one point behind Charlotte Victory Christian. Junior distance runner Caroline Stoger, junior thrower Julie Thompson and eighth-grade sprinter Olivia Goodwin lead the way.

Carrboro: The Jaguars won the NCHSAA 2A title and return a wealth of distance running talent. Senior Grace Morken won the 2A cross country championship and is a two-time champion in the 800 and 1,600. Alex Phillips was third in the 800 and Maysa Araba was fourth in the 1,600 and 800. Helen Morken was fourth in the 3,200 last year.

Athletes to watch

Wesley Frazier, Ravenscroft, Sr.: Frazier may be the greatest high school distance runner ever in the state. She has won three NCISAA titles in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 and has been a top 10 finisher in the national cross country championships. She has won national titles in the mile, two-mile and 5,000-meter runs. She and her younger sister Ryen should make the Ravens one of the strongest teams in the area.

Cha’Mia Rothwell, Durham Academy, Fr: Won NCISAA 3A 100 and 200 titles in 2012 as a freshman.

Megan Sullivan, Broughton, Jr.: Won the 4A individual cross country championship last fall.

Layla White, Cary, So.: 500 4A indoor titlist.

Teshlyn Smith, South Granville, Sr.: Indoor 3A/2A/1A triple jump champion.

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