Southeast Raleigh survived last weekend’s brutal and challenging Mideast Regional meet so the Bulldogs’ 1,600- and 3,200-meter relay teams thought the following Monday would bring an easy practice day.
“Normally, a Monday after a regional meet it’s a cool down day,” said Southeast’s Terrence Adams, who ran the opening leg. “But our coaches had other ideas. Monday was a tough day and we didn’t tone down the intensity until Thursday.”
The struggle was worth it as the pair of Bulldog quartets took home the NCHSAA 4A state 3,200 and 1,600 relay championships Saturday at N.C. A&T State University.
Adams, Khalil Gary, Briana Ananaba and Jason Putman won the state title 3,200 relay in 7:55.01.
Ananaba also ran the second leg on the 1,600 relay. Ryan Adams, Adam Douglas and Dominic Foy joined with Ananaba to win in 3:22.56.
Garner’s boys were seventh in the 1,600 relay. Mason Crawford, David Hamilton, Octavious Hinton and Juwan Manley finished in 3:24.13.
Southeast’s girls 1,600 relay took second in the state at 3:52.61. Jordan Gary, Saidah Hardwick, Asya Macon and Eboni Roberson — all underclassmen — ran on the relay.
Youth was also the theme in the girls high jump for Garner freshman Taylor Sutton. She finished third in the state, clearing 5-feet, 4 inches.
Southeast picked up fourth place finishes from Hasana Clark in the discus (122-8) and Macon in the 400 (56.33). Tameia Morrison, a sophomore, was fifth in the discus for the Bulldogs. The 400 relay from Southeast of Leah Clark, Samantha Davis, Macon and Charlonda Washington finished eighth.
Garner’s Taylor Sutton was ninth in the long jump (17-1) and Chardonei Sutton was ninth for the Trojans in the triple jump (36-6). Southeast’s Washington was 11th in the triple.
Kylia Wright (100) and Kleo Torres (800) had 11th place finishes for the Bulldogs.
Kennedy Thorne of Clayton was tagged for hooking a hurdle in the 300 hurdle finals and was disqualified. Southeast’s girls 800 relay team was also DQed for an exchange outside of the zone.
On the boys’ side, West Johnston’s Kyle Christ took fifth in the 3,200 meters at 9:36.6 and was eighth in the 1,600 as well (4:26.44).
Southeast’s Jordan Maddox medaled in both of the wheelchair throw events. He took gold in the shot put (11-3) and silver in the discus (20-4).
Sixth place finishes went to Clayton’s Rodney Rowe (100 in 10.69), Woodard of Southeast (400 in 49.69) and Southeast’s Jaquell Taylor (triple jump at 44-8 ½). Anthony Richardson was eighth for Southeast in the 110 hurdles and Khalil Gary took 16th in the 300 hurdles.
Southeast Raleigh’s boys were third in the state with 31 points, seven behind Durham Hillside and 25 behind state champ Charlotte Mallard Creek. Southeast’s girls finished sixth in the state.