Some underclassmen high school football players fan out across the nation to attend prestigious recruiting combines this time of year, but Garner junior Nyheim Hines competed in another sport close to home to elevate his ranking.
The Trojans’ running back opened the eyes of both track and football coaches with his three gold medals Saturday, highlighted by a blazing fast time of 10.54 seconds in the 100 meters at the NCHSAA 4A Mideast track and field regional at Apex High.
Apex’s boys won with 103 points and Southeast Raleigh’s girls captured their crown with 115. Knightdale’s boys were second with 82 and Wakefield’s girls were the runner-up with 95.
Hines set a personal record in the 100, won the 300 hurdles in another personal record of 38.27 and brought the Trojans from behind on the anchor leg of 4x100 with a winning time of 42.16.
Other athletes throughout the boys’ and girls’ competitions rewrote the record book. The top four finishers in all events advanced to the 4A state meet.
Knightdale’s Jamie Brown, Kimani Hoffman, Nathaniel Harvey and Marcell Johnson set a 4x200 meet record of 1:26.93. Hoffman also won the triple jump (47-0 1/2 ).
Apex’s Drew Pederson led the Cougars with a pole vault meet record of 15 feet. Other Cougars claiming victories were Mihret Coulter in the 1,600 (4:21.68), Reyho Tshiama in the high jump (6-4) and Jason Lockamy in the discus (160-7). East Wake’s Damontay Rhem, who topped the discus field in the Greater Neuse River 4A championship, was runner-up in the regional with a throw of 157-3.
Southeast Raleigh’s Jamaree Murray set a 400 record with a 47.51. He also won the 200 (21.33) and teamed with Jayon Woodward, David Conner and Jayquan Williams to win the 4x400 in a meet record 3:17.82. Williams briefly lost the lead in the final 100 meters but mounted one final surge to regain the lead and hold off runner-up Knightdale (3:17.95).
Southeast senior Jacklyn Howell swept the hurdles in meet records to lead the Bulldogs to the girls’ title. She won the 100 hurdles in 13.74 and the 300 hurdles in 43.52.
Howell was supported by teammate Hasana Clark’s sweep of the shot put (38-9 1/5) and discus (115-1).
Apex’s Sydnei Murphy won the long jump with a meet record 19-8 and the triple jump at 38-11.
Cary girls swept the 100 through the 800 as junior Layla White set a 200 meet record with a 24.15 and won the 400 with a state-leading 55.16. White surged from third place in the final 30 meters to win the 200.
Chaminique Hackney won the 100 in 11.83 and Lakeisha Warner the 800 in 2:15.23. Hackney and Warner teamed with White and Desi Rowell to set a meet record in the 4x200 relay with a 1:39.45.