Four athletes from Garner earned All-American honors at the New Balance Nationals track and field championships at N.C. A&T during the weekend. The meet featured the majority of the top high school athletes in the nation.
Garner football running back Nyheim Hines was fifth in the 100 meters, running a personal best 10.52 seconds in preliminaries and 10.57 in the final. Still, he left the championships a little disappointed.
“It was a personal record for me, but I could have run better, much better,” Hines said.
Hines teamed with Quinton Campbell, Michael Jenkins and James Johnson on a fifth place run in the 800-meter sprint medley. The medley features two competitors running 100 meters, one running 200 and one running a 400.
Southeast Raleigh’s Jacklyn Howell was fifth in the girls’ 100 hurdles (13.68) and teammate Jamaree Murray was sixth in the boys’ 400 meters (47.67). Both won NCHSAA 4A titles this year.
Oregon freshman Devon Allen, who also plays football for the Ducks, won the national title with a meet record of 13.16 seconds.
Davis, who will turn professional this summer and run under the flag of Trinidad and Tobago, has finished in the top six in the hurdles for each of the past four seasons. He won the national title as a junior and scored 27 points for the Aggies at the NCAA Championships during his career.
Davis’ parents, Wayne and Anne Marie Davis, are natives of Trinidad and Tobago, which allowed him to run under that country’s banner in international competitions.
She was also fifth in the 100 hurdles with the second-fastest all-conditions time of her career (12.79), scoring a combined 12 points for the Wildcats in the championships.
“Whenever you can be disappointed and score 12 points, that’s a pretty good thing for a program,” Kentucky head coach Edrick Floréal told UKathletics.com. “I couldn’t be prouder of Keni. I think coming off the 400m hurdles (Harrison was favored, and finished second) she could have tanked. Coming back and fighting pretty hard to get fifth place was key.
“She didn’t run bad, 12.79 is her second fastest all-conditions time ever. Doing that when it counts at the NCAA Championships is pretty unique.”
Harrison helped Kentucky earn its best finish in school history at the NCAA Championships. The Wildcat were seventh overall, scoring 26 points. That’s eight more than their previous school best point total at the NCAAs.