Mustang girls win sixth straight SW4A track title
The Myers Park girls raced to their sixth straight Southwestern 4A championship by holding off Butler at the league’s track and field conference meet May 1 at the Mustangs’ home track.
The Myers Park girls won 11 conference titles at the meet, including 10 individual championships, to lead the way.
Overall, Myers Park scored 199 points to beat out Butler (121, second), Hickory Ridge (99, third), Rocky River (71.5, fourth), East Meck (51, fifth), Porter Ridge (48, sixth), Independence (46.5, seventh) and Garinger (15, eighth).
The Mustangs were led by North Carolina commit Addie Renner, who was sensational with four conference championships.
Renner won the 100-meter run, high jump, long jump and 300 hurdles to lead a balanced Mustang charge.
Beasley Gordon (200 and 400), Cora Cooke (800 and 1,600) both won two events while the Mustangs also got championships from Sarah Holshouser (3,200) and Sydney Brown (pole vault).
In addition, the Mustangs won the 4×800 relay as Cooke, Holshouser, Sofia Christofaro and Brenda Gray combined on the victory.
Butler placed second and got an individual title from Sierra St. John, who won gold in the discus. In addition, Justice Bell, Samaje Cherry, Kirsten Shuford and Yolanda Scott teamed to win the 4×100.
N.C. State commit Jirah Sidberry won the conference title in triple jump to lead Rocky River, which also got a 4×200 with Kierra Houston, Nadia Alexander, Ty-lisha Kimble and Leah King teaming for the win.
Hickory Ridge won the boys title with 125 points, which was just enough to fend off Myers Park (118) for second. Independence placed third with 83 points and the Patriots were followed by Porter Ridge (83, fourth), Rocky River (81, fifth), Garinger (61, sixth), Butler (61, seventh) and East Meck (47, eighth).
The Mustangs got great performances from Maddon Muhammad and Miles Grant. Grant won both the high jump and the long jump while Muhammad took gold in both the 1,600 and 3,200.
Kyle Novak also got on the winner’s podium with a victory in the discus.
Tim Smith won the 110 and 300 hurdles to pace Rocky River, which also got a win from N.C. State signee Christopher Alexander in the triple jump.
In addition, Porter Ridge’s Alexander Chapman won the 100 and Butler’s Brandon Massone won the shot put.
Knights boys, girls sweep So. Meck 7
The Ardrey Kell boys and girls swept the So. Meck 7 boys and girls championships at the conference meet April 30 at West Meck.
The girls won four titles with field athlete Amber Jackson leading the way.
Jackson won both the high jump and the triple jump at the conference meet.
Jackson ranks tied for seventh in the state in the high jump after clearing 5 feet, 4 inches last month.
The Knights also got gold medal performances from Giselle Russi, who won the 3,200-meter run, and Gracie Gardner, who took first in the discus.
Providence had a fine showing as well as the Panthers had three individual champions and were first in a relay.
The Panthers individual winners were Amanda Watson (800) Ariana Rivera (300 hurdles) and Maggie McCarter (pole vault).
In addition, Rivera teamed with Ella Mainwaring Foster, Holly Klug and Nimeesha Coleman to win the 4×200.
In the boys race, the Knights used their depth to win the meet, but still had three individual winners.
Freshman Jamir Moten sprinted his way to a win in the 400, Murphy Smith took gold in the 3,200 and Aliniswe Mugala won the high jump title.
Providence’s Pace Clark ran to individual gold in the 800 and 1,600.
South Meck’s Graham Gutknecht won the conference pole vault title.
CISAA schools dominate ‘Last Chance’
Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association teams dominated Country Day’s Buccaneer Last Chance Classic, which was held at the school on May 4 and was billed as a precursor to the NCISAA state meet, which is May 13.
CISAA teams didn’t disappoint as they came home with 25 titles in the 30 events lead by Country Day and Providence Day who took home nine titles each
The Chargers led the way with four individual titles on the boys side as Olufemi Cole (100), Jason Krell (800), Adam Roupas (300 hurdles) and Kelechi Eziri (triple jump) all brought home gold.
Country Day won three boys titles with Marcus Woods (200) and Jack Stajos (shot put and discus) joining Charlotte Christian who matched the Bucs with three titles after great performances from Logan Jones (400), Jediah Giller (110 hurdles) and Henry Rutledge (high jump and long jump).
Charlotte Latin got into the mix with a win in the 4×800 as Harrison Klingman, Daniel Cunnane, Ethan Zhang and Connor Sweet teamed for the win.
Country Day evened things up on the girls side as the Bucs won six titles including two each from Kaia Putman (100 and 200) and Zoe Weatherington (shot put and discus).
Putnam later teamed with Clarkson Graham, Sarah Martin and Azariah Miller to win the 4×100.
Bucs freshman Kate Sluder added a win in the high jump.
The Charger girls got multiple wins from Molly Firr (800 and 1,600) and Falon Spearman (100 hurdles and 300 hurdles) and Eliza Cardwell also took gold in the long jump.
Charlotte Christian’s Michelle Igbinadolor won the triple jump.
Covenant Day won their first title of the day in the 4×200 as Hallie Barnwell, Callie Fallis, Ashley Wielechowski and Lillian Shanahan combined on the win.