CARY — Wakefield’s girls crushed the rest of the field at the 4A Mideast track and field regional, while East Chapel Hill’s boys claimed a victory that came down to the wire.
Wakefield’s 161.5 points were more than double the girls’ runner-up, a sign the three-time defending state champs are ready for next week’s 4A state championships. East Chapel Hill’s boys edged Cary 75-69.
The event was headlined by new regional record holders Kristen Lee of Wakefield and Jon Beyle of East Chapel Hill as well as two three-time champs on the day – Hillside freshman Marcus Krah and Wakefield senior Tyra Lea.
The regional included all teams from the Cap Eight, Tri-9 and PAC-6 conferences. The top four finishers in each event qualified for next Saturday’s state championships at N.C. A&T University.
Throws: People come up to East Chapel Hill’s Jon Beyle and tell him that they love to see a guy his size run. It’s hard for them to believe the same burly athlete who can set regional records in the shot put and the discus can also run on the state-qualifying 4-by-100 relay.
Beyle broke his own regional record in the discus (171-10) and then took out a 2004 record in the shot (60-5 3/4) previously held by Eric Smalls of Southeast Raleigh.
“This was a tough shot-put competition for me. I was in a little trouble, fouled my first two throws and scraped in the finals,” Beyle said. “I just mentally got myself together and then got myself to do it. It was a huge throw. That’s probably one of my most maturing shot-put competitions ever.”
After claiming those titles, Beyle ran with his relay team.
“I love it,” Beyle said. “Being on relays are so great because you get that camraderie with your team.”
On the girls’ side, Southern Durham’s Regene Watson took the shot put (39-7) and Apex’s Brianna Heilsnis (134-8) won the discus.
Jumps: Wakefield’s Kristen Lee broke her own regional record in the pole vault (13-5), and if she can do it again in a week, it’ll be a state record.
The NCHSAA only recognizes times and distances recorded at the state championships.
“It’s been awhile since I’ve PR’d and I’ve been working hard in practice. I just kept getting better and it finally came today,” said Lee, who has signed with Virginia Tech. “I was surprised, but I guess it’s about time for me.”
Also on the girls’ side, Lee’s teammate Lea won the triple jump (37-3), while Leesville Road’s Lauren White took the long jump (17-2 1/2) and Apex’s Caitlin Muddiman took the high jump (5-2).
Hillside’s Krah is just a freshman, but he made sure he’s a name to watch next week – and the next three years.
He had very little time to rest on Saturday, winning the triple jump (43-9) and long jump (22-6) in between winning a hurdles title.
“I looked at the schedule a day or two before and I was like ‘Look, I’m going to be doing this back-to-back-to-back,’ not knowing I was going to be tired. I didn’t think it was going to be that hot today but it was like 80 degrees,” said Krah, who added he’s been running with the Durham Striders club since he was 5. “I was blown.”Wakefield’s Caleb Conwell won the boys’ high jump (6-4) and Cary’s Kevin Schmidt won the pole vault (14-0).
Sprints: Lea won the girls’ 100 (12:05) and 200 (24.25) while teammates Breanne Bygrave won the 100 hurdles (14.66).
“I didn’t do personally how well I wanted to do, but I got close to all my PRs, so it’s a great day overall,” said Lea, who has signed with N.C. State. “We have a lot of girls going to states ... so we should win.”
Cary’s Layla White took the 400 (55.78) and Sanderson’s Shellbi Chapman won the 300 hurdles (45.24).
On the boys’ side, Krah claimed the 110 hurdles (14.61) for his third win.
Wake Forest-Rolesville’s Bryce Love won the 100 (10.84) and 200 (22.09).
Apex’s Jalen Ware took the 400 (48.42) and Enloe’s Dominick Patterson won the 300 hurdles (39.55).
Distance: Cary’s Bakri Abushouk took the boys’ 1600 (4:21.65), but it wound up being the last event he would finish on the day. Battling a virus, Abushouk started but had to bow out of the 800 and 3200 races where he was the top seed and a state title contender.
The potential 20 points were crucial as Cary finished close behind in second.
Green Hope’s Mahmoud Saad won the 800 (1:57.37), while William Roberson won the 3200 (9:38.12).
Broughton’s Megan Sullivan won the 800 (2:16.50), while teammate Mattie Blue took the girls’ 1600 (5:11.55). East Chapel Hill’s Pegah Kamrani claimed the girls’ 3200 (11:08.98).
Relays: In girls’ action, Wakefield won the 4-by-100 (48.33) and 4-by-400 (3:53.93) relays while Broughton (1:42.23) took the 4-by-200 and the 4-by-800 (9:24.21).
On the boys’ side, the relays went to Wake Forest-Rolesville in the 4-by-100 (42.13), Apex in the 4-by-200 (1:28.40), Millbrook in the 4-by-400 (3:24.36) and Cary in the 4-by-800 (7:53.03).
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