Multiple Hillside track and field athletes qualified for Saturday’s 4A state championships during their teams’ two top-three finishes in last weekend’s N.C. High School Athletics Association regional meet at Greensboro Dudley High School.
Led by wins by Marcus Krah (14.11) in the 110 hurdles and triple jump (45 feet, 0.5 inch) and McKinley Brown (38.14) in the 300 hurdles, Hillside finished in second place in last weekend’s 4A Midwest Regional for boys teams with 68 points — just 0.5 behind champion Ragsdale. Jordan (25 points) finished 11th.
Desmond Jackson was the high-point winner for the boys with his wins in the amputee 100- and 200-meters and long jump.
The Hillside girls (65) finished third behind Winston-Salem Parkland (140) and High Point Central (80).
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The top four finishers in each event qualified for Saturday’s 4A NCHSAA championships at N.C. A&T State’s Irwin belk Track in Greensboro.
“Overall, our kids did a great job,” Hillside girls coach Rod Clodfelter said. “Everyone improved their times. We couldn’t have asked for more.”
Four Hornet females, as well as shot put regional medalist Jza-Quashia Mookie Chavis of Northern Durham (41 feet, 3.5 inches), hit qualifying marks for the NCHSAA state meet.
Kayla Beasley was one of three Hillside ninth-graders to qualify with her 35-10 in the shot put for third place, Clodfeltter said. Ninth-grader Jessica Wright qualified with a third place (57.46 seconds) in the 400 meters, and Gabrielle Ryan (5-2) did it with a fourth place in the high jump. Jordan’s Jordyn Brown took second in the high jump (5-4) to qualify.
Hillside’s Taleya Harris was a double-qualifier with a third places in the girls 100 hurdles (14.96) and 300 hurdles (45.58).
Riverside’s Atlanta Woodall also qualified in two events — with a third place (25.4) in the girls 200 meters and fourth (12.47) in the 100.
In the 3A Mideast Regional at Northern Guilford, Southern Durham’s William Cameron won the 100 meters (11.04) to qualify for the 3A NCHSAA championship Friday at A&T’s Belk Track. Cameron also anchored Southern’s winning 4x100 relay, running with Myron Frazier, Jordon Brown and Jeremy Griffis.
For complete results of the regionals, see milesplit.com.