East Chapel Hill’s Iyin Battle won two field events and James Gildard was first in the boys 1600 meters last weekend to highlight a great day for local athletes competing in the J.J. Knox Classic track and field meet at Eastern Alamance High School.
The invitational meet, which drew 29 boys teams and 25 girls teams from across central North Carolina, is considered one of the region’s better benchmarks for area teams.
Chapel Hill continued to demonstrate its dominance in distance event and was the meet’s top 3A girls program and second overall behind powerful Burlington Cummings.
East Chapel Hill, helped by Lily Price’s fourth place in the 3200 meters, placed 10th among the girls.
Battle’s first places in the shot put (50 feet, 1.5 inches) and discus (172-07) led East’s boys to a fourth-place finish. Magnus Herweyer of Carrboro was runner-up in both shot (46-0) and discus (150-06). Both his and Battle’s marks in the discus placed them among the nation’s high school elite.
Gildard’s time (4:29.15) in the 1600 edged out teammate Connor McDonald (4:29.32) in second. Chapel Hill’s Drew Roeber (4:35.59) took third.
Chapel Hill’s Marija Crook won the 3200 in 11:30.96, a qualifying time for the NCHSAA regionals, as were the times of Elise Matera (11:37.1) in fifth place and Regan Roeber (12:11.7) in 11th.
Chapel Hill coach Joan Nesbit Mabe wasn’t sure which made her happier: that Crook won the 3200 event, in which she finished in fourth as a sophomore in 2014 behind winner Lily Price, or that “she pulled two other Tigers to regional qualifiers behind her: Elise Matera and Reagan Roeber.”
Mabe also was pleased to see a 1-2 finish in the 800 meters for Anna Passannante (2:20.47) and Clare McNamara (2:23.28).
“Anna Passannante’s decisive win in the 800 proved she is finally recovering from her bout with mono over the winter,” Mabe said.
Tessa Sheets – the only female from Northwood to enter the meet – won the girls pole vault (9-0) and placed 16th in the 400 meters.
Cummings won the girls meet with 74.5 points to the 66 points for Chapel Hill. Greensboro Dudley was third with 60, Hillside (52) fourth and Raleigh Sanderson (48) fifth. East Chapel Hill (29) finished in 10th place.
North Pitt (78.5) won the boys meet, followed by Hillside (59), Raleigh Millbrook (57) and East Chapel Hill (51). Grimsley (38) was fifth. Chapel Hill (24) finished in 12th place. Northwood (23), paced by Imoh Udoh’s third place in the 200 meters and a third place by its 4x400 relay, tied Green Hope for 13th place.