RALEIGH — Change was the theme of the day at the Wake County Track and Field Championships hosted by Athens Drive High School on Saturday.
On a day when nine county meet records fell, Southeast Raleigh’s girls knocked off two-time reigning county champ Wakefield with 147 points. The Wolverines were second with 138.5, while Apex had 84 and Broughton had 60.
Perhaps the only thing that stayed the same was the team who has had to change coaches midway during the season.
Knightdale was on top of the boys’ county competition, winning a third straight Wake title with 129.5 points. Broughton was second with 91.5 and Cary was third with 89, while Southeast Raleigh had 55.5.
“We just wanted to keep the tradition going,” said Knightdale junior Marquavious Johnson.
David Castell resigned as the Knights’ coach three weeks ago for personal reasons.
“For us, we take it as more motivation. We just want to make him proud,” Johnson said.
Sprints: The Knightdale boys weren’t far from the front on many sprinting events, and they were first in two of them.
Johnson set a new meet record in the 400-meter dash (47.61), and Bernard Freman (22.24) won the 200.
“It’s a blessing. I wasn’t expecting to beat a meet record,” Johnson said.
Broughton’s Therius Styles won the 100-meter dash (10.98) while Cary’s Paul Taylor swept the hurdles, taking the 110-meter (15.40) and 300-meter (40.44) competitions.
On the girls’ side, the five sprinting events were split between Wakefield and Southeast.
Southeast’s Shakinah Brooks took the 100-meter dash (12.10), Jacklyn Howell won 100 hurdles (14.45) and Tametris Morrison won the 300 hurdles (44.33). Wakefield’s Tiana Patillo took the 400-meter dash (55.82) and Tyra Lea broke a prestigous record in the 200-meter dash.
Lea’s time of 24.08 bested former Southeast star Gabby Mayo’s time in 2007.
“I remember watching her when I was smaller, and I thought she was amazing,” said Lea, an N.C. State recruit who broke a Mayo state record in the indoor season. “So now it’s cool that I get to be there too.”
Field events: A big reason for Southeast’s rise to first place in the county meet for the first time since 2009, where it had won five straight, came from the success of its field events.
Amara Bell took the high jump (five feet, three inches) and triple jump (37 feet, four inches) titles, while teammate Brooks won the long jump (18 feet, two inches).
“It feels good to contribute to the points, because for the last few meets, when we encounter Wakefield, they’ve beaten us,” Bell said. “For awhile, we haven’t been on top of things, being first and living up to the legacy, but now I feel like we’re back on our feet.”
Apex’s Brianna Helsnis won the shotput () and in the discus she broke a 2006 county meet record with her toss of 133 feet, 10 inches.
On the boys’ side, East Wake’s Demontay Rhem missed tying the county meet record by two inches in the discus (155 feet, two inches). Holly Springs’ Jack Nosbich (six feet, six inches) took home the high jump title while Knightdale’s Jamie Brown (21 feet, one inch) won the long jump, Knightdale’s Kimani Hoffman won the triple jump and Elijah Mallory won the shotput (53 feet, 3 3/4 inches).
Pole vault was done on Friday night, and Wakefield’s Kristen Lee broke her own meet record (12 feet, 6 inches). Cardinal Gibbons’ Jose San Miguel won the boys’ title in a record-tying 14 feet, 6 inches.
San Miguel and Cary’s Phillip Thomas both had that mark, but San Miguel held the tiebreaker determined by the number of misses.
Distance: The boys’ individual winners in the distance events were Knightdale’s Corey Aikens in the 800 (1:56.69), Broughton’s William Roberson in the mile (4:23.68) and Cary’s Bakri Abushouk, who set a new meet record in the two-mile (9:27.04).
On the girls’ side, Apex’s Torre Moser in the 800 (2:17.23), Broughton’s Mattie Blue in the one-mile (5:12.81) and Cardinal Gibbons’ Amanda Wiggenhorn in the two-mile (11:40.60).
Relays: Wakefield’s girls were dominant in relays, winning the 4-by-100 (48.00), 4-by-200 (1:43.6) and setting a new meet record in the 4-by-400 (3:52.59). Broughton took the 4-by-800 in 9:29.7.
Two of the four boys’ relays broke meet records. Wake Forest-Rolesville, anchored by Bryce Love – in his only event of the day – broke a new meet record in the 4-by-100 (41.96). Tyri Beard, Petey Williams and Chris Love made up the rest of the Cougars’ relay.
Cary’s team of Abushouk, Josh Barrett, Abel Tecle and Justin Lane set a county meet record in the 4-by-800 relay (7:52.20).
Knightdale won the 4-by-200 (1:28.66) and 4-by-400 relay (3:20.00).
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