Wakefield girls, Knightdale boys set records

tstevens@newsobserver.comJune 17, 2013 

Athletes from Wakefield High posted the fastest relay times ever by North Carolina high school girls last weekend at the New Balance Outdoors Nationals championship at N.C. A&T in Greensboro.

Breanne Bygrave, Tyra Lea, Tiana Patillo and Ama-Selina Tchume ran the fastest 4x100 time by a North Carolina high school team (46.47) in their second-place finish. Southeast Raleigh finished third (46.97).

Athletes cannot compete as members of high school teams because the spring high school season is over. The Wakefield group competed as the Raleigh Junior Striders.

Southeast Raleigh was the Bulldog Track Club and Knightdale High runners entered as the Knightdale Track Club.

The Striders won the 1,000 Swedish relay with Jasmine Moore, Tchume, Lea and Patillo setting the meet record.

The Striders also won the 4x200 relay (JeMay Ward, Lea, Patillo, Tchume) in a state record 1:36.39 and were second in the girls’ 4x400 (Ward, Lea, Patillo, Tia Robinson).

The Knightdale Track Club (Marvin Horton, Marquavious Johnson, Bernard Freeman, Marcell Johnson) won the boys’ 800 sprint medley (1:31.38) and was second in the 4x400 (3:11.32, Henry Kiedy, Freeman, Marcell Johnson, Marquavious Johnson).

The 4x400 time was No. 2 on the all-time N.C. list, according to ncpreptrack.com.

Recent Ravenscroft School graduate Wesley Frazier was the standout of the championships with wins in the girls’ mile, 2-mile and 5,000 meters, and other area runners also won national titles.

West Carteret’s John Crossley, an East Carolina recruit, ran the fastest time ever by a North Carolina high school runner (1:48.01) to win the 800 meters and Southeast Raleigh’s Tametris Morrison won the 400 hurdles (59.59).

Shakinah Brooks of Southeast Raleigh was third in the long jump (19 feet, 6 inches) and Clayton’s Mollie Williams was fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (13.85). Kristen Lee of Wakefield was fifth in the pole vault (12 feet, 6.75 inches).

Baseball record: Ken McDowell of Gray’s Creek became the NCHSAA career leader in triples when he belted one against Orange during the playoffs. McDowell has hit 16 triples in his career.

Cleveland’s Martin impresses: Cleveland High running back Isaac Martin posted impressive numbers this spring during the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas combine at South Johnston High.

Martin, 5-foot-10 and 184 pounds, had 40-yard dashes of 4.40 and 4.41.

He bench pressed 185 pounds 27 times, third only to 30 by 6-5, 298-pound Arthur Williams of Fayetteville E.E. Smith and 28 by 6-2, 276-pound John Holder of Wilson Fike.

Martin rushed for 2,185 yards and scored 28 touchdowns in 2012 during Cleveland’s 11-2 season.

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