The Corinth Holders boys and girls track teams both took home Two River 3A Conference winter championship titles Wednesday afternoon at South Johnston High School.
In the girls competition, the Pirates dominated the long distance races en route to posting 127 team points besting Cleveland, who finished in second place, by 23 points.
Cameron Rutherford won the gold medal in both the 1,600-meter run, finishing in five minutes and 36 seconds, and in the 3,200-meter run in 12:31.
Kayla Ste. Marie placed first in the 1,000-meter run just clipping teammate Rutherford by one second. Ste. Marie also finished in third place in both the 1,600-meter run and the 3,200 as the distance runners for Corinth Holders totaled 58 points.
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The Pirates’ Samara Gibson did her part in the sprints winning both the 300-meter dash and 500-meter dash as well as finishing second behind Cleveland’s Tiandra Jenkins in the 55-meter dash.
Cassidy McNierney spearheaded a Rams’ charge.
McNierney won the high and long jump competitions, finished second in the triple jump, behind teammate Sydni Fields and also was the runner-up in the 300-meter dash. McNierney earned girls meet MVP honors for her efforts.
Fields won the gold medal in the 55-meter hurdles.
Cleveland both won the 4x200 and the 4x400 relays while the Pirates were the fastest in the 4x800 relay race.
South Johnston, who finished in fourth place with 57 points, saw great performances from Emma Blackman, who won the shot put competition, and Savannah Creed who won the pole vault and finished second in the high jump. Creed’s clearance of 11 feet, three inches in the pole vault gave her the South Johnston school record outright.
Smithfield-Selma’s Gwyn Reece posted the best individual finish for the Spartans as she came in second place in the 3,200-meter run, just seven seconds behind Rutherford.
In the boys meet, a balanced effort put forth by Corinth Holders led to a run away victory as the Pirates amassed 170 points, while Cleveland finished runner-up with 104 points.
Sadavion Dixon came through for the Corinth Holders contingent in winning both the triple jump and long jump. He claimed boys meet MVP honors.
Austin Carroll proved fastest in the 1,000-meter run besting Cleveland’s Patrick Myers by five seconds. Grant Sullivan took home the pole vault title clearing 11 feet and Kane Little placed first in the high jump while Dixon came in third.
The Rams’ tandem of Gable and Wyatt Dershem were strong in the long distance events as Gable won the 1,600-meter run and finished second in the 3,200 while Wyatt won the 3,200-meter run and placed third in the 1,600.
Austin Blumenberg and Reagan Wells accounted for the other gold medals for Cleveland. Blumenberg clipped the Pirates’ Bobby Beare in the 500-meter dash by three tenths of a second and Wells earned the shot put title.
Cleveland was strong in the relays as well winning both the 4x800 (9:20.0) and 4x400 (3:48.0).
Triton’s Malcolm Smith won both the 55-meter hurdles and 55-meter dash while Western Harnett’s Cameron Freeman claimed first place in the 300-meter dash, besting Cleveland’s Blumenberg by just one tenth of a second.
South Johnston’s Eric Bowles came in third place in the long jump.
Those who post qualifying times meeting the standards will compete in the NCHSAA 3A Indoor State Championships on Feb. 13.