East Chapel Hill's Iyin Battle got his quest for a state title in discus off to a good start Wednesday with a throw of 169 feet, 4 inches while easily winning the event in a dual meet with Northern Durham. The next best throw by any high schooler so far this year was 140-04 by Alex Porter of West Johnson. Northern's runner-up Wednesday, Demazio Samuel, hit 119-05.
Jon Beyle, now throwing for UNC, holds the East Chapel Hill and PAC-6 records with his discus throw of 181-10 while winning a state championship in 2013. Last year's NCHSAA 4A champion, Myquon Stout of Jesse Carson High, hit 179-05. With weeks to go in the outdoor season, Battle seems within striking distance of those marks.
East won Wednesday's boys meet with Northern, 97-35, while Northern won the girls meet, 74-68, even though the Wildcats took first place in the most events.
Winners for East's males included: Battle (discus, shot put); Alex Ho (110 & 300 hurdles); Robert Wilson (high jump); James Gildard (400 meters); Connor McDonald (800 meters); Soron Stanback (pole vault); and the boys 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
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Isabel Bravo (triple jump, high jump) and Erika Vickers (100 meters, 300 hurdles) led East's girls team. Other female winners for East included: Erica Tate (discus); Krissy Richardson (shot put); Allison Hoerler (pole vault); Ellie Kincaid (200); Lilly Price (800)Emily Juel (1600); Corey Pahel-Short (3200); and the girls 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
“The coaching staff is happy with the kids and how they competed,” said East coach Jon Beyle, who mentors the Wildcat in field events and is the father of UNC’s thrower.
“It has been a tough season for all the area teams, missing about two weeks of practice,” he said. “Add on top of that that 3A and 4A teams will have a week shorter season with the state meet being a week earlier, and we have a much shorter season to progress the kids to be the best they can be.”
Tigers and Jaguars off track this week
In retrospect, the preceding week’s track meets at Chapel Hill and Carrboro High School seem more important than ever, not just because the home teams both won but because that was the only competition either was going to get heading into this weekend.
Carrboro had no meet scheduled for this week, and Chapel Hill’s only meet of the week – at Oxford Webb – was called off due to the cold rain that fell throughout Thursday afternoon.
Local runners have had scant time on the track because of weather, affording them little training time for this weekend’s Dennis Craddock Carolina Relays. The relays, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at UNC’s Belk Track at Fetzer Field, incorporate events for both high school and college runners.
East, Chapel Hill and Carrboro all have runners entered in at least one Carolina relays event.
And the impact of the poor weather will extend into next month. The Orange County Championships, scheduled for April 11 at Cedar Ridge, was forced to move its start time from the morning to 1 p.m. That Saturday is now a make-up day for all Chapel Hill-Carrboro students who missed classes in February because of ice and snow that forced school closures. April 11 will feature a half day of classes, ending at lunch time and allowing athletes to sprint to Cedar Ridge for the OCC’s afternoon start.
But both Chapel Hill and Carrboro got their outdoor seasons successfully underway last week with tri-meet sweeps on their home tracks.
“The winter was abysmal, because of all the freezing cold and rain throughout the season,” Chapel Hill junior Harrison Young said minutes after winning the 400 meters at Culton-Peerman Stadium. “It feels great just to be here for a meet with the whole team on a good day.”
Chapel Hill’s boys (102 points) beat out Cedar Ridge (35) and Northwood (32) in a meet while the girls (81) had a closer meet with Northwood (66) and Cedar Ridge (39).
Chapel Hill’s meet on March 12 was the only home event scheduled this spring for the CHHS track team. The rest of its meets are at other schools.
“This should be the last home meet on this track. It’s a bad track,” said Chapel Hill senior Elise Matera, noting the CHHS asphalt oval was overdue for re-surfacing. “I definitely would like to see my friends who run next year suffer fewer shin splints, achy feet and face plants.”
Despite a series of desultory times run on the cracked asphalt, Chapel Hill still placed well and took firsts in most of the events.
Ninth-grader Madi Marvin led an impressive 1-2-3 CHHS finish in the 800 meters, followed across the line by Milly Ames and Elise Matera, the latter of whom also won the 1,600 meters.
Chapel Hill did well in field events overall.
CHHS swept the boys’ discus, with Jecori Owens-Shuler, Elijah Moore and Jotham White finishing 1-2-3.
Sophomore Tyasha Holloman (100 meters, high jump) and ninth-grader Julia McAfee (shot put, discus) were double winners for CHHS.
Dillon Kopec placed first in the pole vault; he and Northwood’s Jack Maynard both cleared 11 feet, and Kopec won by virtue of having fewer misses.
Chapel Hill’s Albert Nyamayaro won the boys high jump and Quaniece Fish won the girls triple jump.
Other CHHS winners included: Nate Romaine (3200); Grace Tate (3200); Drew Roeber (1600); Daniel Kleissler (800); Max Blackburn (300 hurdles); Erica Johnson (200); and the Tigers’ 4x800 and 4x400 relays.
Northwood got individual wins from Nitrel Evans (100) and Imoh Udoh (200); Darius Cole (triple jump); Alexandra Council (long jump) and Tessa Sheets (pole vault).
Cedar Ridge winners included: Jonathan Hall (110 hurdles); Kacia Vines (400); Jeremy Cates (shot put); and Chris McKoy (long jump).
Jaguars run away with win
Carrboro was even more dominating last Thursday – the boys (108.5) beating Bartlett Yancey (28.5) and Reidsville (25), and the girls (94) winning against Bartlett Yancey (43) and Reidsville (38).
Enrique Guerra (3200, 1600); Jerrell Atwater (110, 300 hurdles), Theodore Winans (200, 400), Amy Carpenter (200, 400), Magnus Herweyer (shot, discus) and Alexandra Jones (shot, discus) each won two events for Carrboro.
Carrboro‘s Maysa Araba, Helen Morken and Amanda Hickey finished 1-2-3 in the 3,200 meters. Hannah Peterman, Olivia Shaheen and Sabrina Sholomon did the same in the 1,600.
Other winnrs for Carrboro included Haley Van Ray (800), Harrison Marshall (800), Maley Wagner (pole vault), Jesse Tysinger (pole vault) and Noah Lambert (high jump).