Ashley, New Hanover athletes place at state track championships

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A trio of athletes from Wilmington placed in the top three at this weekend’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A State Track & Field Championships in Greensboro.

Competing in three different events, East Carolina University commit Jamie Stacey (Ashley) took second in girls long jump with a distance of 18-feet, 6-inches, and second in triple jump, while teammate Russell Corbett finished third in shot put with a toss of 54-feet, 4-inches.

Stacey also placed 11th in 200 meter dash and Corbett took 11th in discus.

Jamie Stacey placed second in two events at Saturdays meet.
Jamie Stacey placed second in two events at Saturday’s meet.

New Hanover’s Jackson Denton captured silver in the 800 meter run and joined Henry Kunz, Will Parker and Shaffer Lisle for a sixth place finish in the 4X800 relay.

Area standouts took part in 20 of the 26 events scored on Saturday. Heather Keck (Ashley) finished sixth in pole vault, while Daniel Suggs (Ashley) captured seventh.

Mykol Branch (Laney) had a sixth-place finish in high jump and Tyree Gathright (Ashley) ended in eighth.

Ebony Williams helped propel Winston-Salem Parkland to its second consecutive state team championship. Williams was a double individual winner, taking first place in the 100 meter high hurdles, setting a new NCHSAA all-classification record in the process, and winning the 300 meter hurdle event. She also ran a leg on the record-setting 4X200 relay team.

A total of 46 schools scored points in the championship meet. The Ashley girls scored 12th out of 45 teams thanks to the strong effort by Stacey and Keck.

Sydnei Murphy of Apex also had an excellent meet and was named the championship MVP, winning both long jump and triple jump, while finishing third in both the 100 and 200 meter dash.

Final results for area athletes

Girls long jump: 2nd place- Jamie Stacey (Ashley); 10th place- Peyton Apel (Hoggard)

Triple jump: 2nd place-Jamie Stacey (Ashley)

Shot put: 3rd place- Russell Corbett (Ashley); 15th place- Sylvester Smith (Hoggard)

800 meter run: 3rd place- Jackson Denton (New Hanover)

Girls shot put: 15th place-Dominique Dalton (Laney)

Boys Pole vault: 7th place-Daniel Suggs (Ashley); 12th place- Luke Abraham (Ashley); 13th place-Terren Williams (Hoggard);

Pole vault: 6th place- Heather Keck (Ashley)

Girls high jump: 15th place-Charlotte Jones (Ashley)

Boys high jump: 8th place-Tyree Gathright (Ashley); Mykol Branch (Laney)

Boys discus: 11th place- Russell Corbett (Ashley)

Girls discus: 12th place-Sarah Jonkheer (New Hanover)

Girls 4X800 relay: 16th place- Norah Stapleton, Kaitlyn Kern, Erin Coon, Haley Smithwick (Laney);

Boys 4X800 relay: 6th place- Henry Kunz, Will Parker, Shaffer Lisle, Jackson Denton (New Hanover)

Girls 3,200 meter run: 14th place- Sara Pellizzarri (Hoggard); 16th place- Sarah Silika (Ashley)

Boys 3,200 meter run: 11th place- Ben Schmidt (Hoggard)

300 meter hurdles: DNF-Amy Lee (New Hanover); 13th place-Jeremy Burgess (New Hanover)

200 meter dash: 11th place-Jamie Stacey (Ashley); DNQ- Destiny Godfrey (Ashley)

100 meter hurdles: Amy Lee (New Hanover) finished 13th in prelims

110 meter hurdles: Tyreek Carr, (New Hanover) finished 10th in prelims; Mykol Branch, (Laney) finished 15th in prelims