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Southeast Raleigh boys, girls cruise to victory in Greater Neuse River 4A track meet

West Johnston High’s Teri Strickland wins the girls’ 200 meter dash, finishing ahead of Clayton High’s Kennedy Thorne, left, and Knightdale High’s Jasmine Johnson, right.
West Johnston High’s Teri Strickland wins the girls’ 200 meter dash, finishing ahead of Clayton High’s Kennedy Thorne, left, and Knightdale High’s Jasmine Johnson, right. newsobserver.com

The youngsters who run, jump and throw for Southeast Raleigh apparently aren’t getting tired of winning.

On Saturday at Campbell’s Irwin Belk track, the Bulldogs blew away the competition on both the boys’ and girls’ sides in the Greater Neuse River 4A track meet.

Kentucky-bound Jacklyn Howell won the 100 and both the 100 and 300 hurdles and ran the anchor leg of the 4x100 relay, earning girls’ most valuable athlete honors as the defending state champion Bulldogs rolled up 227.5 points to 116 for second-place West Johnston.

In the boys’ events, Jamaree Murray doubled with wins in the 200 and 400 as the Bulldogs scored 188 with defending state champion Knightdale at 131 and Garner 130.

Garner’s Nyheim Hines won both the 100-meter dash and the 300 hurdles to earn boys’ most valuable athlete honors.

West Johnston’s Tori Strickland won the girls’ long jump at 17-2 3/4 and the triple jump at 35-8 1/2, while the Wildcats’ Kyle Christ also recorded an individual double with wins in the boys’ 1600 and 3200.

It was Southeast’s third straight double victory in a GNRC track meet, including both outdoor and indoor competitions in 2013. The league did not hold an indoor meet this season.

“We have great coaches,” said Bulldog coach Liz Gray, a former All-American middle-distance runner at St. Augustine’s who is in her 10th year at the school. “My middle-distance coach Robert T. Williams, my throws coach Daniel Adams, my hurdle coach Steve McGill, my jumps coach Chrishawn Williams and my sprints coach Jason Smoots. We’re fortunate to have that many coaches, and we all help each other out.

“Jackie has been with us for four years, and she’s definitely going to be missed by everybody. And so will Jamaree. He’s special because he’s always helping the other kids and is a great teammate.”

Gray allowed Adams to claim the girls’ coach of the year award and R.T. Williams the boys’ award.

The senior Howell ran a 14.38 in the 100 hurdles and a 12.06 in the dash before recording a 43.23 in the 300 hurdles. She was on the anchor leg of the relay following seniors Brittney Anderson and Kayla Chavis and sophomore Asia Macon.

“My 100 hurdles was rusty, but I did what I needed to do,” Howell said. “I wasn’t supposed to run the 100, but it was a good experience and I got a personal best and was really proud of myself. We had a great 4x100 as a team, and then I had my best this season in the 300 hurdles.”

Hasana Clark led Southeast’s sweep of the top three places in the girls’ shot with a put of 39-7, while Tameia Morrison’s throw of 106-8 paced the Bulldogs’ 1-2-3 sweep in the discus.

The Bulldogs’ Saidah Hardwick won the high jump at 5-1, while Jasmin Allen took the 400 in 56.7 and the team also won the 4x200 and 4x800 relays.

Clayton’s Bessie Thompson won the girls’ pole vault at 6 feet, while the Comets’ Carmen Tormey took the 1600 in 5:43.71 and Kaylin Amaya the 3200 in 13:23.5.

In other girls’ results, Knightdale’s Aleena Cruz won the 800 in 2:27.93, while West’s Teri Strickland won the 200 in 25.36 and Garner the 4x400 relay in 4:16.9.

The junior Hines, one of the state’s top running backs who said he currently has 19 offers, ran a 10.67 in the 100 and a 39.12 in his hurdle event.

“The 100 was not bad,” Hines said. “I just trained for it. I know how to hurdle, so it wasn’t too bad a double. I like the 100 better because I don’t get tired. But I’ll run whatever the coaches ask me to run.”

Murray won the 200 in 21.60 to Hines’ second-place 21.81 and the 400 in 46.83.

“I got a personal best in the 400,” Murray said. “I could have done better in the 200, but a win is a win. I just want to keep getting personal bests and see how far I can go.”

Christ ran a 4:31.74 to win the 1600, and then blew away the field with a 9:57.36 run in the 3200.

“My strategy was to keep the pace relatively fast, see who was there and try to kick to the end,” the junior Christ said. “I had a relatively good idea of my pace in the 3200. This was a good day.”

In other boys’ results, Southeast’s Ryan Adams pole-vaulted 10 feet to lead a 1-2-3 sweep, teammate Lamar Brewer won the 110 hurdles in 14.99 and the Bulldogs won the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x800 relays.

Knightdale’s Kimani Hoffman won the long jump at 22-4, while the Knights’ Jaime Brown won the high jump at 6-2, Corey Aikens took the 800 in 2:00.23 and the 4x400 relay won in 3:22.29.

West’s Alex Porter won the shot at 49-7, East Wake’s Damontay Rhem the discus at 153-3 and Garner’s Michael Jenkins the triple jump at 45-1.

Clayton finished third in the girls’ team scoring at 95, followed by Garner at 93, Knightdale 65, Harnett Central 35, East Wake 29 and Rolesville – a first-year school that has only freshmen and sophomores – 13.5.

West was third in the boys’ standings, followed by East at 52, Central at 48.5, Clayton at 33.5 and Rolesville 18.