Track & Field: Jaguars speed to Mid-State Conference championships

04/11/2014 8:06 PM

04/11/2014 8:08 PM

Carrboro dominated the middle- and long-distance events and used new found strength in the sprints to sweep the Mid-State 2A Conference track and field championships Wednesday.

Competing at Eastern Alamance High School’s track, the Carrboro women scored 175 points to beat out the perennially strong challenge from Cummings, which finished with 155. Graham was a distant third with 59 points.

The Carrboro men’s team won easily, with 203 points, while Jordan-Matthews had 88 for second and Reidsville 83 for third.

“This is the first time our men’s track team has won a conference championship,” said Carrboro coach Mimi O’Grady. “We are equally excited for our women’s team, who we consider to be in a rebuilding year, after a four-year record of very successful racing.”

Maysa Araba, last fall’s state champion in cross-country, led 1-2-3 Carrboro sweeps in the women’s 800 and 1600. Helen Morken won the 3200 meters, followed by teammates Amelia Covington and Kara Stonecypher in another 1-2-3 finish.

Morken was second in the 1600 behind Araba, while Carrboro’s Natalie Richardson was third. Amanda Hickey was second in the 800, Brooke Zeman third. Each had a part in Carrboro winning the 4x400 and 4x800 relays.

Magnus Herweyer (discus, shot put) and Tomiwa Olufolabi (800, 1600) were double-winners for the Carrboro men.

Olufolabi led off Carrboro’s winning 4x400 relay, which included Alican Arcasoy, Nico Krachenfels and anchor man James Jushchuk.

Carrboro also won the men’s 4x100 with a relay full of football lettermen: Jerrell Atwater, Theodore Winans, Tabian Sales and Derritt “Trai” Sharpe

Sam Hedges led a 1-2-3 Carrboro sweep in the 3200 meters, followed in by Enrique Guerra and Avery Marsh.

The Jaguars also swept the men’s pole vault, with Jesse Tysinger in first, Jason Cox second and Will Dozier third.

Noah Lambert helped Carrboro amass more points in the field events with three second places (high jump, long jump and triple jump).

“Our track program is more complete this season compared to previous years,” O’Grady said. “We have a full squad of sprinters and more complete and competitive field events for the first time, including pole vault.”

Like the men, Carrboro’s women demonstrated their depth with more points than in past years in the sprints and field events.

Madeleine Pletzke earned first place in the high jump, second in the 100 hurdles and fourth in the 300 hurdles. Alexandra Jones won the discus and got second in the shot put, and Maley Wagner took first in the pole vault.

Amy Carpenter got a second place in the 400 meters and fourth in the 200.

Hickey, Richardson, Carpenter and Araba won the 4x400 relay. Hickey, Claire Scanga, Josie Dangler and Richardson teamed to win the 4x800.

“In previous years, a small and excellent group pulled a lot of team weight,” O’Grady said. “It’s thrilling to see a larger, more competitive, full team win.”

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