Greater Neuse River Conference schools Knightdale and Southeast Raleigh ruled the day in the NCHSAA Class 4A East Regional track and field championships at West Johnston High School on Saturday.
The girls’ championship came down to the final race. West Johnston led 94-87 over Southeast Raleigh with one event left, but the Bulldogs’ 1,600-meter relay team of Tametris Morriso, Charity Lackey, Jacklyn Howell and Kaylie Loyd won in 3:58.91 to pick up 10 points. West Johnston’s quartet (Lauren Pollard, Jasmine Dawson, Tori Strickland Teri Strickland) was seventh, thus giving Southeast a 97-96 victory.
The Knights outdistanced the field to take the boys’ crown with 122 points, followed by Scotland with 67 and Wilmington Hoggard (58.5). Southeast was fourth with 56 points and Fayetteville Jack Britt earned fifth with 51 points.
The Southeast girls were led by Tametris Morriso, who won the 300 hurdles in 43.76 and was part of the winning 1,600 relay team (3:58.91) along with Charity Lackey, Jacklyn Howell and Loyd. Deja Barber won the 100 wheelchair (45.45) and the shot put wheelchair crown (5-05.50). The Bulldogs also were victorious in the 400 relay in 48.19 (Howell, Brittany Anderson, Kayla Chavis and Ama-Selina Tchume).
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“Actually, we didn’t expect it to come down to the last race because we attempted to strategically place some people in different events where we thought we would be able to get a little bit of cushion before it got to the last race,” Southeast coach Liz Gary said.
“When we learned it was coming down to the last race (1,600 relay), we talked to them and told them what was on the line. Even though they were beat up and tired, they stepped up.”
Southeast Raleigh’s Jaylon Holt won the high jump (6-06) and Jamaree Murray took the 400 (49.06). The Bulldogs also won the 3,200 relay in 8:04.56 (Robert Williams, James Branch, David Conner and Elijah Reid).