Carrboro’s Maysa Araba closed out her high school career in top form last weekend with two titles in the N.C. High School Athletics Association Track and Field Championships in Greensboro.
Carrboro junior Magnus Herweyer also was a double-winner, finishing first in the shot put with a mark of 53 feet, 10 inches, and the discus with a throw of 178-7 – almost 20 feet better than his mark of 157-3 as runner-up in last year’s championships.
Araba successfully defended her titles in the 800 and 1600 meters in record-breaking fashion. Araba set 2A marks in both events and shattered the record she set last year in the 800 with an impressive time of 2:15.18. She also broke a seven-year-old mark in the 1600 with an effort of 4:55.78.
She was the female MVP of the event, run at Irwin Belk Track on the campus of N.C. A&T.
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Carrboro has a tradition of producing high-level distance runners, and that trend continued Saturday as Helen Morken used a final-turn push to take the 3200 with a time of 11:24.70. Morken trailed West Stokes’ Kaitlyn Stone before taking the lead for good with less than 150 meters remaining.
Amanda Hickey finished third behind Araba in both the 800 and 1600 meters.
Hickey and Morken ran together with Natalie Richardson and Amy Carpenter to take second in the 4x800 relay. Carpenter, Morken, Araba and Emine Arcasoy also got second place in the 4x400.
“Peaking before the state championship typically brings a lack of personal bests at states, your best times raced in the week or two before the state championship,” Carrboro distance coach Mimi O’Grady said last week. “Carrboro has a long history of peaking at the just right time.”
Carrboro’s solid distance work helped the Jaguars earn 66 points for second place in the girls’ team standings behind Burlington Cummings (72). North Rowan (42.5) was third, Durham School of the Arts (28) fourth, and Valdese Draughn (27) fifth.
Aley Wagner (fifth in the pole vault) and Alexandra Jones (fifth in discus) also scored points for the Jaguars.
Carrboro, with 28.5 points, finished sixth in the boys’ standings behind champion North Brunswick (53), Bunn (37), Claremont Bunker Hill (35.5), North Pitt (33.5) and Monroe’s Central Technology (30).
In addition to Herweyer’s two victories, Carrboro also got boys’ point from: Dylan Strickland (sixth, 3200 meters); Jesse Tysinger (sixth, pole vault); Noah Lambert (seventh (long jump); and Theodore Winans (eighth, 400 meters).
Carrboro’s 4x100 relay of Winans, Lambert, Tabias Sales and Derritt Sharp clocked in at 44.13 seconds, which would have been good enough for sixth place, but they were disqualified for a zone violation.
Among Saturday’s big winners, Bunn’s Tainasha Vines, recently selected as the NCHSAA’s Female Athlete of the Year, won the triple jump for the third consecutive time at Aggie Stadium. She’s committed to competing next season for UNC-Chapel Hill.
W.E. Warnock contributed to this report.