Knightdale ran (and jumped) away with the N.C. High School Athletic Association indoor track championship in February to claim its fourth consecutive state title.
The Knights are the favorites as they seek a matching fourth straight outdoor crown this spring.
Marquavious Johnson won the 400 meters outdoors in 2013 and added the 500 meters indoor title this winter. The East Carolina football and track recruit is one of the top prep athletes in the state.
He said winning is more of an expectation than a hope this spring.
“We’re just preparing,” Johnson said. “We know everyone is trying to take (the title) away from us, but we want to keep the confidence we have, keep working as a team and stick to what got us here in the first place – practicing like we’re in the track meet and just go hard all the time.
“We just want to have fun and we like winning. We don’t want to be the group to stop the process going.”
His teammate Kimani Hoffman won the outdoor triple jump in 2013 and added the long jump and triple jump indoor crowns. Jamie Brown won the state indoor high jump.
The Knights relays – which have included Marquavious Johnson and his brother Marcell Johnson, Nate Harvey, Corey Aikens and Henry Kiedy – are expected to be exceptional.
Returning area champions
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