For more than five decades, the Queen City Relays has become known as a track meet for which many local high school athletes spend their entire careers aspiring and training to earn gold medals.
Last weekend, a trio of south Charlotte athletes decided to get their accomplishments out of the way early in their careers.
On March 24, 10th-graders Wyatt Maxey, Sydney Foreman and Bryanna Hames topped strong fields in their respective events, en route to winning individual titles at the 56th Queen City Relays at Myers Park High School.
Providence High School’s Maxey dashed to victory in the boys 3,200-meter race in 9 minutes, 53.58 seconds. He was the only runner to finish the event below the 10-minute mark.
Foreman, of Ardrey Kell, blew away the field in the girls 3,200, finishing in 10:46.38, which was 30 seconds better than the next-closest runner: fellow Knight Kaitlyn Kramer, a senior who finished in 11:14.08.
Myers Park’s Hames dominated the girls discus with a throw of 102 feet, 2 inches – nearly 10 feet better than the runner-up: Ardrey Kell senior Thomasson Burgess (92-4). Hames also was second in the shot put (31-4).
Several local relay teams also were victorious.
Charlotte Catholic’s Phylissa Greeley, Jamie Vezolles, Emma Moore and Margot Corcoran finished first in the girls distance medley (12:54.68). The Providence quartet of Arden Mattachini, Lauren Adamson, Bianca Bishop and Gina Daniel won the girls 4×800 (9:39.27). Ardrey Kell’s Kaila Smith, Jhori Varner, Jasmine Woods and Hayli Cohen won the girls 4×100 shuttle hurdle relay (1:12.40).
In a unique twist, Smith was one of four girls who broke a decade-old record in the 300 hurdles. However, Smith’s time of 45.26 ultimately placed her third in the event behind Monroe’s Janieyah Collins, (43.86) and West Meck’s Alvonna Blakney (44.10).
Other girls individual medal winners included South Meck’s Lily Anderson, who was third in the girls 3,200 (11:28.68); Providence’s Megan Edwards, second in the girls high jump (4-10); Charlotte Catholic’s Onya Edwards, third in both the girls triple jump (34-4.5) and long jump (16-7.75); Providence’s Emily Lucero, third in the girls high jump (4-8); and Myers Park’s Hannah Walters, second in the girls pole vault (10-0).
Boys medal winners were Charlotte Catholic’s Mark Harrell, third in the boys shot put (45-10); South Meck’s Jon Hsu, third in the boys pole vault (10-6); Myers Park’s Jack Knight, second in the boys discus (138-1); Ardrey Kell’s Parth Shah, who was second in the boys 3,200 (10:04.13); and Ardrey Kell’s Madden Souder, third in the boys 3,200 (10:08.73).