Northwood junior Cameron Council just wanted a gold. He got a lot more than that Saturday at the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A state championships at N.C. A&T’s Irwin Belk Track.
Council was third in the 100, missing gold by four-hundreths of a second, but came back to win the 200 (21.74) and 400 (48.39).
That was enough to be the boys’ MVP of the championship meet.
“Coming back today I was focused,” said Council, who did not medal last year and was runner-up in the indoor 55-meter dash. “I listened to my coaches and ran the race I was supposed to run.”
The West Carteret girls and Weddington boys won titles. The top Triangle finishers were Southern Durham’s boys (tied for fifth) and Cleveland’s girls (fourth).
SILVER AND GOLD
▪ Northwood’s Tessa Sheets won her sixth and final pole vault state championship, clearing a 3A record 12 feet, 6 inches for her third outdoor title to go with three indoors.
She will compete next year at Purdue.
“It feels really good. I’m excited that I ended (my career) with a good height in my last year here,” Sheets said. “I really wanted 13 (feet), but I think it was good today.”
▪ Not only did Northern Vance senior Mya Daye successfully defend her throne as the fastest girl in 3A, winning the 100 (11.96) for the second year in a row, but she also won the 200 (24.69).
“I had a lot of pressure this year,” Daye said. “I got it again, and I PR’d.”
▪ Cleveland’s girls were fourth thanks to a number of top finishes. Imani Williams, Naelee Stone, Julia McKissick and Hannah Shepard were second in the 4-by-100. Williams, Kimberli Boschee, Lamya Quarles and Stone were runner-up in the 4-by-200.
Ciara Robinson was second in the high jump, and Williams was second in the 200.
▪ Before heading off to South Carolina to begin his football career with the Gamecocks, Rocky Mount’s Sherrod Greene added a few more accolades. He won the discus (154-9.5), edging Smithfield-Selma’s Joshua Faison, and was second in the shot put.
“It was just a great opportunity to come out here and compete,” said Greene, who will have three individual track and field titles and starred on the 2015 state football championship.
▪ Nash Central’s Michaela Nelms won her signature event, the 400 (55.80). She later helped the 4-by-400 relay win gold (3:59.03), teaming up with Carisha Leonard, T’Keyah Maclin and Teona Hill.
“We had to make a statement because they said on the announcement we were seeded second and everybody knows we are the first. That’s who we are,” Leonard said.
Hill ran the anchor leg.
“I was just trying to bring it home. I knew (someone) was right behind me, so I was a little worried – but not that worried,” Hill said.
▪ Chapel Hill’s 4-by-800 relay of Anna Stouffer, Megan Marvin, Madi Marvin and Katherine Dokholyan won gold (9:33.49), and all four will be back next year.
▪ After winning an indoor title in the winter, J.F. Webb senior Josh-Lester Harris was second in the 100 by one-hundreth of a second (10.67).
▪ Corinth Holders’ Austin Carroll was edged out in the boys 1,600, taking second, and South Johnston’s Jacob Gonzalez was runner-up in the 3,200.
▪ Orange’s Jamar Davis was second in the long jump and third in the triple jump.
ON THE PODIUM
Third-place: Cleveland’s Naelee Stone (girls 200); Chapel Hill’s Megan Marvin (girls 800); Rocky Mount’s London Green (girls long jump); J.F. Webb’s Mia Terry (girls shot put); Union Pines’ Eulanda Blue (girls discus); Southern Durham’s Khaleb McRae (boys 400); Smithfield-Selma’s Caleb Silver (boys 1,600); Union Pines’ Ben Verchick (boys 3,200); Southern Durham’s Marcus McDonald (boys 110 hurdles); Southern Durham’s boys 4-by-400 relay; Orange’s Morgan Paschall (boys high jump); Chapel Hill’s Jacob Hickerson (boys pole vault); Orange’s Jamar Davis (boys triple jump).
Fourth-place: Cleveland’s Imani Williams (girls 100); Corinth Holders’ Samara Gibson (girls 400); Chapel Hill’s Katherine Dokholyan (girls 1,600); Nash Central’s girls 4-by-200 relay; Chapel Hill’s girls 4-by-400 relay; Rocky Mount’s Keyanna Spivey (girls shot put); Cleveland’s Wyatt Dershem (boys 3,200); Eastern Wayne’s Daniel Best (boys triple jump); Nash Central’s Myia Spivey (girls high jump).