Two state champions and a newcomer to the local track scene came away with victories from Saturday’s 2016 Eastern High School Challenge.
Running inside the University of North Carolina's packed Eddie Smith Field House, 2015 NCHSAA cross-country champion Katherine Dokhoylan competed in a crowded 1,600-meters field and won with a time of 5:10.95.
Carrboro’s Magnus Herweyer, the 2A outdoor champion last spring in both shot and discus, bettered his winning put (53 feet, 10 inches) from 2015’s state meet and won Saturday’s shot put event with a mark of 55 feet, 2 inches.
East Chapel Hill sophomore Kayla Carson, competing in her second meet this year, set a school record by winning the Eastern Invitational’s women’s high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 4 inches.
Other top finishers from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro district included East Chapel Hill’s James Gildard, who clocked a time of 2:37.26 to finished third in the men’s 1,000 meters Saturday. That wasn’t too far off his school record of 2:35.40, set outdoors at a 2015 polar bear meet.
Vinay Kathard didn’t place among the top six but nonetheless set an East Chapel Hill team record with his 1:10.26 in the men’s 500 meters.
Chapel Hill’s Marija Crook earned a third place in the 3,200 meters with her time of 11:18.05.