Led by double-winners Maysa Araba and Magnus Herweyer, Carrboro High School’s track and field team geared up for this weekend’s state championship meets by sweeping the NCHSAA’s Mideast 2A Regionals.
Competing last Saturday at Dudley High School, Carrboro also got individual wins from Helen Morken (girls 3200 meters) and Enrique Guerra (boys 1600), as well as the Jaguar girls’ 4x800 an 4x400 relays.
Araba, last year’s state 2A champion in the 1600 and 800 meters, won both events Saturday, with times of 5:11.55 and 2:16.41, respectively.
Herweyer, runner-up in his two field events in last year’s regional, won Saturday’s shot put with a mark of 53, feet, 8 inches, and the discus with a distance of 172 feet, 4 inches — both of which were career bests for him.
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Alexandra Jones won the girls’ discus with a throw of 104-3.
Araba and Morken each competed for three first-place finishes.
In addition to her two individual wins, Araba anchored Carrboro’s winning 4x800 relay, which included Josie Dangler, Brooke Zeman and Morken.
Morken anchored Carrboor’s winning 4x400 relay, which included Amy Carpenter, Emine Arcasoy and Amanda Hickey.
“In addition to Magnus and Maysa, Amy Carpenter, Helen Morken, Amanda Hickey and Theodore Winans also had outstanding performances,” Carrboro coach Melvin Griffin said.
Araba, Hickey and Natalie Richardson combined for a 1-2-3 Carrboro finish in the girls 1600 meters.
Araba and Hickey also went 1-2 in the 800 meters, followed by Carpenter in fourth. Carpenter also was fourth in the 400 meters.
Winans earned a second place in the boys 400 meters.
Third-place finishers Saturday included: Carrboro’s 4x800 and 4x100 boys relays; Noah Lambert (long jump) and Guerra (800).
“The boys team will need to continue its momentum from a regional championship to get a top-three showing at states,” Griffin said. “The girls team is in a tight battle with Monroe, Cummings, and DSA for a state title.”
The NCHSAA state 2A championships will be held Saturday at N.C. A&T State’s Belk Track in Greensboro.