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Corinth Holders girls tie for 10th in state

Corinth Holders rode a runner-up finish in the 3,200 meters from Arden Vessie and two top-five finishes in the relays to a tie for 10th place in the 2A state outdoor track and field championships Saturday in Greensboro.

The Pirates finished with 22 team points, tying with Croatan and were just two points out of eighth place. Carrboro repeated as state team champion with 77 points.

Vessie, a sophomore, ran a 11:34.5 in the 3,200 for her second top-three finish in a state championship meet this school year. She was third at 3,200 meters in the 1A/2A/3A indoor championships in February.

The Pirate 400 relay team of Asya Macon, Marie Pickett, Whitney Pepper and Essence Scott took fourth in the state at 49.88 seconds. The 800 relay team of Megan Chappell, Macon, Pepper and Scott finished fifth (1:46.47).

Picket also had a fifth-place individual finish in the 100 hurdles. She clocked in at 15.96 seconds and also notched 10th in the 300 hurdles (50.21).

North Johnston’s Tangela Williams proved to be one of the fastest runners in the meet. She finished fifth in the 100 (15.96) and was sixth in the 200 (25.88).

A pair of Corinth Holders pole vaulters finished in the top 12 in the state. Amanda Knickerbocker was eighth (clearing 7 feet, 6 inches), while Sicely Sohn tied for 11th (7-0).

Rounding out the Pirate entries on the girls’ side was the 3,200 relay team, which finished 15th in 11:02.19. The relay team included Megan Chappell, Arianna Chappell, Rachel Strickland and Abby Pittman.

Corinth Holders will make the move to the 3A ranks next season but returns all but one of its state meet qualifiers – Arianna Chappell – next season.

The Pirates had a fourth-place relay finish on the boys’ side with its 3,200 relay squad clocking in at 8:26.14. Hunter Starr, Bailey Blackwell, Jackson Creech and Anthony Mercado made up the quartet.

North Johnston’s Alex Pilkington had the highest individual finish for local boys entries. He ran a 22.46 in the 200 dash to take fifth in the state.

The Panthers also qualified their 800 relay team (Devin Larson, Jay Booker, D’Angelo Tyson and Trey Daniels), which finished 12th in 1:33.26.

Tyson was 14th in the long jump (19-9), while Corinth Holders’ vaulters Charlie Gray and Matt Duncan were 11th and 13th, respectively, in the state, both clearing 10-6.

Hillsborough Cedar Ridge won the boys’ team title.