The track and field teams from Corinth Holders dominated the distance events and scored plenty of points elsewhere to win the renewal of the Johnston County Track and Field Championships last week at Smithfield-Selma’s Tucker Stadium.
The Pirates scored 52 points in both the boys and girls distance runs. Corinth Holders finished with 184 girls team points, 34 ahead of runner-up West Johnston. The Pirate boys scored 160 points, with West Johnston second again at 149. Clayton finished third in both boys and girls competition.
South Johnston and Smithfield-Selma tied for fourth in girls team and Princeton was sixth. Smithfield-Selma’s boys were fourth as well, while South, Princeton and Neuse Charter, respectively, completed the boys’ rundown. North Johnston and Cleveland did not participate in the meet.
Arden Vessie won all three girls distance events for the Pirates. She took the 3,200 meters in 11:26, the 800 in 2:33 and the mile at 5:28.5.
Corinth Holders also won the 3,200 girls and boys relays. The girls relay team beat West Johnston by a second with Hannah Canterbury, Arianna Chappell, Cameron Rutherford and Megan Chappell getting the win. The boys team of Hunter Starr, Bailey Blackwell, Jackson Creech and Anthony Mercado dominating the field in 9:19.
In the mile, Pirate runners finished second (Mercado), and in a tie for third (Blackwell) and (Starr). West’s Nicholas Nite took the 1,600 title in 4:51.
Kyle Christ of West won the 3,200 in 10:32, 52 seconds ahead of Mercado, the event runner-up.
West Johnston standout Jasmine Dawson won 100 at 11.8, teammate Teri Strickland ran second and Niasia Theet of Smithfield-Selma was third (12.2) in a tight race. Strickland won the 400 (1:01) ahead of teammate Sharise Sampson. Dawson won the 200 as well at 24.7.
West’s Strickland was a double champion in the jumps: winning the triple jump at 35 feet even and the long jump at 15-9. The Wildcat girls won the 400 relay in 49.9 seconds, while Clayton’s boys led the way in the 400 boys relay at 44.7. The Comets also won the 4x200 relay (1:51.8) and the boys 4x200 (1:35.3)
Princeton’s Johnny Frazier, a sophomore, was the fastest runner in the county, taking the 100 dash at 10.4 seconds. Quincy Williams of South won the 200 at 23.3. Isaac Robinson took the 400 boys title for West (55.2).
Clayton’s Mollie Williams, a former state champion, and West Johnston’s Xavier Carter dominated the hurdle events. Williams won the 100 (14.4) and the 300 (47.7), while Carter swept the boys crowns. He took the 110 hurdles county crown at 14.3 seconds. Corinth Holders’ Marcus Bryant and Isaac Dowless were second and third, respectively. In the 300 hurdles, Carter finished in 43.1 seconds.
In the 4x400 relays, Clayton’s boys won in 4:29 and the Corinth Holders girls clocked in at 3:53.1.
Sam Campbell of West (144-0) and South’s Chyann Ketchum (77-1) brought home the county discus titles, while Eboni Robinson of West (32-9) and Barbour (42-3) collected the shot put crowns.
Isaac Dowless and Charlie Gray gave Corinth Holders two more county champions in the long jump and the pole vault. West’s Cameron Williams won the triple jump at 40-5 ½.
Marie Pickett won the girls high jump at 4-10 and South’s Savannah Creed cleared 9-0 to win the pole vault. Clayton’s Dylan Rebbeor won the boys high jump. Neuse Charter’s Maurice Watson finished sixth in the 100 meters.