Garner’s boys track and field team won the NCRunners.com Eastern Elite Tour No. 4 team title at Princeton High School on Saturday. The meet featured 24 teams from all classifications from across eastern North Carolina.
Leesville Road was the girls champion with 85 points, just two ahead of Cleveland.
Garner won both the 400- and 800-meter relays. Preston Burris, Donavan Evans, Randolph Ross and Rondell Terry won the 4x100 and Mason Crawford, Ramone Jeffers, Juwan Manley and Ralph Vieux took the 4x200.
Vieux was also second in the 110 hurdles and fifth in the 300 hurdles. The Trojans also picked up second place finishes from Burris in the triple jump and Matt Butler in the shot put.
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Cleveland’s boys finished eighth in the meet; Clayton was 13th and West Johnston was 15th.
West Johnston’s 3,200-meter relay team of Rufus Brown, Izaik Hernandez, Ben Meshaw and Kyle Roberts won their race. Cleveland’s Jamal Hampton won the long jump (20 feet, 7 ½ inches). Clayton’s Ares Epps (800) and Alex Roy (3,200) were both runners up on the afternoon.
The big winners from Cleveland’s girls team was the quartet of Imani Williams, Naelee Stone, Cassidy McNierney and Miranda Hinton. They won the 400 relay in 49.79 and the 800 relay at 1:43.46.
McNierney also won the long jump individual title, while Sydni Fields was the 100 hurdle champion (15.84) and the runner-up in the 300 hurdles.
Princeton’s girls was the highest finishing non-3A or 4A classification girls team, taking ninth in the meet. Garner finished fourth and Corinth Holders was 13th.
Shamonda Bell of Princeton won the 200 meters in 28 seconds flat and was the runner-up in the 100. Corinth Holders’ standout Samara Gibson won the 400 (1:00.12).
Garner posted individual wins with Shardonei Sutton in the triple jump (35-2) and Zequera Page of Garner in the shot (38-6).
Harrison second at U.S. Indoors
Clayton’s Keni Harrison finished second in a thrilling race at the U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday in Portland, Oregon. Harrison was edged by U.S. reigning 100-meter hurdle outdoor champion Brianna Rollins, a former teammate at the University of Clemson.
Rollins posted a time of 7.76 seconds in the 60-meter indoor hurdles on Saturday, just a hundredth of a second ahead of Harrison.
The finish gives the Kentucky graduate a spot in IAAF World Indoor Championships this week back at the Portland Convention Center.