Records fall as Charger boys win Buccaneer Classic Relays

by C. Jemal Horton

The Providence Day boys track and field squad put on a show without having several individual winners at last weekend’s second annual Buccaneer Classic Relays, but the Chargers’ depth and overall strong finishes helped them emerge with the team title.

On April 27, Providence Day scored 93 points to outduel Waxhaw Marvin Ridge (86.5) and host Charlotte Country Day (75) to take the boys team victory.

The Providence Day girls (114) finished second to Waxhaw Marvin Ridge (127.66), while Charlotte Latin (82.998) was third.

The Charger boys’ sole win in an individual event came when the quartet of Andrew Kral, Bryon Fields, Jaylin Counts and Evan Gray grabbed gold in the 4×400-meter relay with a time of 3 minutes, 30.31 seconds.

However, the meet featured a number of outstanding individual performances, including a scintillating showing from Charlotte Country Day senior States Lee, who had a hand in establishing three meet records.

Lee (11.1 seconds) edged Fields (11.2) to win the boys 100 meters and then dominated the 400 field (49.78), finishing more than a second ahead of the second-place runner. Lee closed his record-setting day by joining Akanimo Eyo, William Roberts and Royce Turnbull to win the 4×100 (44.0) and establish a new meet mark in that event.

Charlotte Latin’s Alex Julian won a pair of events, claiming first place in the boys high jump with a meet-record height of 5 feet, 10 inches. The mark was six inches better than the previous record of 5-4 set in 2011 by Providence Day’s Charlie Sowers, who also surpassed that height but finished third in this year’s meet at 5-6. Sowers also was third in the long jump (19-0.5).

Julian tied for another win, in the pole vault, by clearing 11 feet – the same as Hawks teammate Ryan Acks. Country Day’s Marcel Souffrant won the boys shot put by more than three feet (47-1).

Among other local boys competitors, Providence Day’s Ben Huffman was second in the 1,600 (4:31.16), while Charlotte Christian’s John Good was third (4:35.94); Charlotte Latin’s Marco Ricci was second in the 400 hurdles (59.88), while Covenant Day’s Chris Horacek was third (1:07.8) in the same event; Country Day’s Rob Saunders was third in the 400 (51.87); and Charlotte Latin’s James Mingoes was third in the triple jump (38-6.25).

Kral, Dan McCauley, Haamid Williams and Fields were third in the 4×200 (1:33.85), while fellow Chargers Gray, Nick Linder, Luke Henegar and Kral were second in the 4×800 (8:18.1).

Providence Day’s Morgan Goodson was the only double winner among local girls competitors, as she took home gold medals in the high jump (5-0) and triple jump (33-10). Goodson and Charlotte Christian’s Carson Kowar both cleared 5-0, which surpassed the meet record of 4-10. Kowar also was third in the triple jump (31-9.5).

Charlotte Latin’s Sarah Whitmore eclipsed the meet record in the 400 hurdles, dashing around the track in 1:10.56, and teammate Stephanie Coma was first in the 100 meters (12.8).

Providence Day’s Emma Brown smashed the meet record in the 1,600, as her time of 5:28.97 easily surpassed the previous mark of 5:37.77 set by Sarah Hardin last year.

The other south Charlotte girls winner was Providence Day senior Dacia Thompson, whose effort of 38-5 in the shot put set a meet record and was 9.5 feet better than the second-place finisher. Thompson also was second in the discus (91-9).

Among other local girls performers, Charlotte Latin’s Amanda Onwukwe was second in the triple jump (32-2.5) and third in the long jump (15-0.5); Providence Day’s Arielle Massillon was third in the 100 (12.9 seconds); Country Day’s Allyson Quillin was third in the 1,600 (5:36.5); and Providence Day’s Madeline Kestler was third in the discus (84-5).

Charlotte Latin was second in the 4×200 relay, as Lily Beck, Whitmore, Coma and Hayden Shoffner clocked in at 1:53.96. Providence Day’s Kimmy Baudhuin, Courtney Joyner, Amanda McFeeley and Massillon were second in the 4×400 (4:22.88). Chargers McFeeley, Hannah Wilson, Cassidy Greshko and Brown were second in the 4×800 (9:56.4), while another Providence Day team of Nicole Plaus, Joyner, Baudhuin and Sarah Richman (10:41.5) took third place in the same event. And Charlotte Latin’s Shoffner, Onwukwe, Coma and Beck (53.05) were third in the 4×100.

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