East Carolina commit captures top conference honors in track and field

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Hard work and perseverance have paid off for Ashley High School senior Jamie Stacey as the East Carolina University commit has come full circle over the past year to claim Mideastern Conference Player of the Year.

Jamie Stacey placed second in two events at the state meet.
Jamie Stacey placed second in two events at the state meet.

After being sidelined during her junior year because of a back injury, Stacey put her passion to work over the last 12 months and qualified for three different events at this year’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A state championships in Greenboro. She took second in the long jump with a distance of 18-feet, 6-inches, and second in triple jump.

The senior standout cleared 18-feet, 8-inches at a conference meet earlier this year and also ran for Ashley in the 4X400 relay and 200 meter dash.

One of the area’s best distance runners claimed first-team accolades as Sarah Pellazarri (Hoggard) received honors in the 1,600 and 3,200 meter run. The Hoggard standout took 11th at states in the 3,200, while Amy Lee (New Hanover) put together a successful season in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles.

Laney’s Haley Smithwick, Erin Coon, Kaitlyn Kern and Norah Stapleton were voted as the best 4X800 relay team in conference as the quartet ran at the state meet, while the Bucs’ Dominique Dalton qualified in the shot put. Florida Atlantic commit Heather Keck (Ashley) was also a sixth-place finish in the pole vault.

Laney had three relay teams take first-team all-conference. Stacey was first-team in four events, while Kim Williams of South Brunswick took first-team in high jump.

First team

  • 100 Meters – Jamie Stacey, Ashley
  • 200 Meters – Jamie Stacey, Ashley
  • 400 Meters – Jelonnie Smith, South Brunswick
  • 800 Meters – Haley Smithwick, Laney
  • 1600 Meters – Sarah Pellazari, Hoggard
  • 3200 Meters – Sarah Pellazari, Hoggard
  • 100 Hurdles – Amy Lee, New Hanover
  • 300 Hurdles – Amy Lee, New Hanover
  • 4×100 Relay – Charlene Thompson, Laney
  • 4×100 Relay – Jayda Malone, Laney
  • 4×100 Relay – Ayanna Matthews, Laney
  • 4×100 Relay – Erin Nesselroade, Laney
  • 4×200 Relay – Charlene Thompson, Laney
  • 4×200 Relay – Jayda Malone, Laney
  • 4×200 Relay – Ayanna Matthews, Laney
  • 4×200 Relay – Erin Nesselroade, Laney
  • 4×400 Relay – Julia Boudreau, Ashley
  • 4×400 Relay – Heather Keck, Ashley
  • 4×400 Relay – Destiny Godfrey, Ashley
  • 4×400 Relay – Alissa Yaw, Ashley
  • 4×800 Relay – Haley Smithwick, Laney
  • 4×800 Relay – Erin Coon, Laney
  • 4×800 Relay – Kaitlyn Kern, Laney
  • 4×800 Relay – Norah Stapleton, Laney
  • High Jump – Kim Williams, South Brunswick
  • Pole Vault – Heather Keck, Ashley
  • Long Jump – Jamie Stacey, Ashley
  • Triple Jump – Jamie Stacey, Ashley
  • Shot Put – Dominique Dalton, Laney
  • Discuss – Alex Erling, Laney