Led by its victorious 4x800 relays, the N.C. School of Science and Math came away from last weekend's N.C. High School Athletics Association 2A state track and field championships with a pair of top-10 team finishes.
The Unicorns finished seventh in the boys team standings and ninth in the girls standings. Carrboro, which came into Saturday's meet as a three-time girls champion, was the only other school, to finish in the top 10 in both the boys' (8th) and girls' (2nd) meets at N.C. A&T University's Belk Track.
N.C. Science and Maths Josh Rees-Jones was second in the 1600 (4:31.46) while teammate Nicolas Walker was third in the 3200 (9:47.39). NCSSM was the highest-finishing area boys' team, taking seventh with 26 points.
Durham School of the Arts took third in the girls' final standings, helped by its first place in the 4x400 relay (Simi Ghabegesin, Destiny Stevons, Hana Ratcliffe, Lydia Gamble). All of DSA’s girls relays earned all-state status with top-four finishes in each.
Shannon Moses, a DSA sophomore, took third in the 100 hurdles (16.56) while classmate Lydia Gamble was third in the 400.
DSA was second in the girls' 4x100 (Ghabegesin, Moses, Jaida Henderson, Victoria Parrish), third in the 4x200 (Ghabegesin, Moses, Parrish, Gamble) and third in the 4x800 (Karena Graves, Stevons, London Williams, Ratcliffe).
With dark clouds moving over N.C. A&T, the Unicorns 4x800 girls team (Kim Ngo, Alexis Knox, Mengmeng Fang and Maddie Wyatt) ran a 10:03.05 for their win. Carrboros girls, anchored by 3200-meter champion Helen Morken, were second.
NCSSM's 4x800 boys team of Chatham Ellwanger, Walker, Rees-Jones and Cameron Bowes ran a 8:07.15 to finish more than 5 seconds in front of runner-up North Brunswick.
Amy Carpenter, who ran in the 4x800 relay for Carrboro, was a NCHSAA sportsmanship award winner.
In Friday’s 1A meet at Belk Track, Research Triangle Charter School’s all-sophomore 4x800 relay team of Andy Klappenbach, Eric Young, Michal Swepson and Madison Daniel finished third.