WINSTON-SALEM – The Providence girls and Rocky River boys led the way at the NCHSAA 4A track and field championships, which concluded Feb. 9.
Providence’s Nimeesha Coleman, Ella Mainwaring Foster, Ariana Rivera and Amanda Watson won the 4×400 meter relay by nearly a full second over the field, posting a time of 3:54.36.
Mainwaring Foster then held off Myers Park sophomore Beasley Gordon with a time of 1:16.34, which edged Gordon by 0.67 seconds.
Independence’s Caroline Backus scored an individual title in the uncontested 55-meter wheelchair finals. Backus, a junior, won the event this season after placing second each of the previous two years.
Myers Park sophomore Cora Cooke won the 1,600-meter run with a time of 2:55.97, which was nearly three full seconds clear of the field.
Overall, the Providence girls were fourth with 48 points. The Panthers were followed by Myers Park (37, fifth), Rocky River (14, T-13th), Ardrey Kell (4.5, T-30th) and Independence (1, 35th).
Christopher Alexander placed second in two field events to lead Rocky River (16, T-11th), who outdid Myers Park (13, 16th), Providence (12, 18th) and Independence (3, T-36th) in the boys standings.
The rest of the area south Charlotte, Matthews and Mint Hill 4A results are below.
• Long jump: Christopher Alexander, Rocky River, 2nd; Miles Grant, Myers Park, 6th
• Triple jump: Christopher Alexander, Rocky River, 2nd
• High jump: Miles Grant, Myers Park, 3rd
• Pole vault: Aiden Seidman, Providence, 5th
• 4×800: Myers Park, fifth
• 55-meter hurdles: Elijah Perez, Independence, sixth
• 1,600 meters: Pace Clark, Providence, 2nd;
• Long jump: Jirah Sidberry, Rocky River, 2nd
• Triple jump: Jirah Sidberry, Rocky River, 3rd
• High jump: Addie Renner, Myers Park, 2nd; Amber Jackson, Ardrey Kell, fourth
• Pole vault: Maggie McCarter, Providence, 8th
• 4×800 relay: Myers Park, 7th
• 55-meter hurdles: Addie Renner, Myers Park, 2nd; Ariana Rivers, Providence, 5th
• 55-meter wheelchair: Caroline Backus, Independence, 1st
• 4×200 relay: Providence, 2nd
• 500 meters: Ella Mainwaring Foster, Providence, 1st; Beasley Gordon, Providence, 2nd; Nimeesha Coleman, Providence, 5th
• 1,600 meters: Cora Cooke, Myers Park, 1st; Amanda Watson, Providence, 6th; Joelle Ryan, Myers Park, 8th
• 300 meters: Ariana Rivera, Providence, 2nd
• 4×400 relay: Providence, 1st
*In the 1A/2A race, Queens Grant was represented by Lucas Brown (fifth in the 1,600) and Jakob Goodman (fifth in the pole vault).