Carrboro's track and field team will head into this weekend's N.C. High School Athletics Association state championship meet with four individual winners from the NCHSAA 2A Mideast Regional.
Running last weekend in the regional at Pinecrest High School, Carrboro finished second in both the girls' and boys' team standings behind High Point Andrews in a tight race. Andrews won the boys' meet with 113 points to Carrboro's 102. Andrews won the girls' meet with 128.5 points to 110.5 for Carrboro.
Maysa Araba, last fall's NCHSAA cross-country state 2A champion, won two events last Saturday at Pinecrest, where she finished first in the 1600 meters (5:13) and set a NCHSAA regional record (2:18.45) in the 800 meters.
Teammate Helen Morken (5:16) was second in the 1600, while sophomore Amanda Hickey was fourth (5:31). Hickey also earned third place in the girls' 800 meters, where Natalie Richardson got fifth.
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Araba also led off Carrboro's winning 4x800 relay team that took first in the regional, running with Claire Scanga, Brooke Zeman and Natalie Richardson for a time of 10:10. Araba ran on last year's 4x800 team that won the 2A state championship in 9:42.41.
Morken, who also ran on that winning 4x800 relay in 2013, won the 3200 meters Saturday with a time of 11:43, well off her personal best of 10:50.09 set last year. Amelia Covington was second in 12:54.
Carrboro earned two regional title in the pole vault. Mayley Wagner won the girls' event at a height of 8 feet even, while Jesse Tysinger hit 9 feet, 6 inches to tie Kevin Parham of the N.C. School of Science & Math. Will Dozier finished third in the boys' pole vault at 9-0.
Magnus Herweyer scored points for Carrboro with a pair of second places: a personal best (46, feet 11.5 inches) with the shot put and a discus throw of 128-10.
Jerrell Atwater also scored two times with his fourth place in the 110-meter hurdles (15.35 seconds) and sixth in the 300 hurdles (42.83). Sophomore Theodore Winans took sixth in the 110 event, followed in seventh by Nico Krachenfels.
Other Jaguars who scored in the Mideast Regional included: Katie Knotek (girls' 100 meters, 5th place and long jump, 4th); Amy Carpenter (girls' 200 dash, 8th and 400 meters, 5th); Mia Bennett (girls' high jump, 7th); Derritt Sharp (boys' 100 dash, 5th); Tomiwa Olufolabi (boys' 1600 meters, 2nd and 800 meters, 5th); Sam Hedges (boys' 3200, 6th); Alican Arcasoy (boys' 800, 7th); William Ragland (boys' 800, 8th); and Noah Lambert (boys' high jump, 4th and long jump, 8th).
Carrboro also got boys' regional points from a runner-up finish in the 4x400 relay, third place in the 4x800 relay and sixth in the 4x400.
Carrboro’s qualifiers will head to Greensboro for Saturday’s 2014 NCHSAA 2A state championship meet at Belk Track on the campus of N.C. A&T University. The meet opens with field events, starting at 10 a.m., and running events at 11 a.m.
The state’s other three classifications head into regionals on Saturday. Chapel Hill and other Big 8 teams will be in the 3A Mideast Regional at Northern Guilford High School; and East Chapel Hill and its PAC-6 rivals will be in the 4A Midwest Regional at Greensboro Dudley.