Maysa Araba and Helen Morken each won individual titles last week to pace Carrboro High School to second place in the N.C. High School Athletics Association’s 2A state championship meet.
Araba, who won the NCHSAA girls’ 2A cross-country championship last fall, triumphed with personal bests in both the 800 meters (in a time of 2:16.41) and 1600 meters (5:03.52) in Saturday’s state championship meet at N.C. A&T University’s Belk Track. Classmate Helen Morken took first in the girls’ 3200 meters (11:15.30) just before the stands were emptied and the meet paused by threats of lightning.
“It went how I wanted it to,” said Araba. “This year was more of a rebuilding year for the team because we have more younger sophomores.”
Araba went out fast in the 800, running the first lap in 1:09.13, with Jennifer Lomax of Mt. Pleasant within five-tenths of a second behind her. Araba’s 1:07.27 on the last lap left everyone far behind.
Hana Ratcliffe of Durham School of the Arts and Bethany Stanley of Mt. Pleasant were both within a couple of strides of Araba after the first lap of the 1600, but by the midway mark Araba was pulling away. Ratcliffe finished second (5:08.17), more than 2 seconds behind Araba.
Morken had a battle with West Davidson’s Callie Wynn of Frances Massey of East Lincoln in the 3200. The trio stayed together until Wynn and Morken broke away at the midpoint. Morken stayed on Wynn’s heels until passing her on the penultimate lap as low, dark clouds rolled over the Belk Track. Morken pulled away to win by 10 seconds over Massey, who blew past a fading Wynn.
In the meet’s final event, the 4x400 relay, Morken led off and Araba anchored Carrboro’s team that finished second behind DSA (4:05.27). Ermine Arcasoy and Amy Carpenter ran the middle two legs as the Jaguars finished in 4:09.97.
Morken also anchored the runner-up 4x800 relay, which featured Brooke Zeman, Claire Scanga and Natalie Richardson.
Monroe won the girls team title with 82.5 points. Carrboro ended up second with 57 points, while some former rivals from the now defunct Carolina-12 Conference also scored well. Durham School of the Arts (51 points) finished third and the N.C. School of Science and Math (21.75) was ninth.
Carrboro took eighth in the boys’ standings with 25 points, led by two top-five places by sophomore thrower Magnus Herweyer and fifth places for both the 4x800 and 4x400 relays. The Jaguar’ combined score of 82 points was the best total of any school.
Junior Maysa Araba, 1st in 800 and 1600 meters.
Junior Helen, 1st in 3200.
Magnus Herweyer, 2nd in discus, 4th in shot put.
Alexandra Jones, 4th, girls discus.
Boys 4x400 relay — Nico Krachenfels, Tomiwa Olufolabi, Alican Arcasoy, Theodore Winans — 5th place.
Boys 4x800 relay —Jushchuk, Arcasoy, Krachenfels, Olufolabi — 5th place.
Sophomore Amanda Hickey, 6th in the 800, 7th in 1600.
Tomiwa Olufolabi, 6th, boys 1600.
Ninth-grader Katie Knotek, 8th, long jump.
James Jushchuk, 8th, boys 3200 meters.
Junior Amelia Covington, 9th, girls 3200.