The North Brunswick High School track and field team continued to prove its worth among some of the top programs in the region as the Scorpions had a strong showing at the annual Screaming Eagle Invitational held Saturday at Ashley High School.
With more than 30 track programs participating from across the eastern part of the state, North Brunswick looked to build momentum following another 2A indoor state championship for the boys this winter. The boys from North Brunswick claimed first in the team rankings, while the Scorpion girls added a stellar performance to give North Brunswick the combined title.
More than 800 athletes competed in 40 events Saturday.
Individual State Champion Jayhlen Washington (North Brunswick) excelled with first-place finishes in the 110 meter hurdles and long jump. He was also runner-up in the triple jump and joined teammates Shaquan Graham, Jc Smith and Cameron Barnhill to post the fastest time in the 4×100 meter relay. Smith took second in the 200 meter dash, while the Scorpions also captured second in the 4×200 meter relay.
Keondre Yeoman (North Brunswick) took third in the 300 meter hurdles and Jathan Deberry (North Brunswick) placed fourth in the high jump.
The North Brunswick girls’ quartet of Sharya Anderson, Brianna Sanders, Unique Hines and Alyssa Godbey placed third in the 4×100 meter relay. Individually, Godbey grabbed third in 100 meter dash and Anderson placed second in the 100 meter hurtles.
Russell Corbett represented Ashley High School with first place in discus and shot put. Tyrone Watson (North Brunswick) took second behind Corbett in the shot put. Marshal Croom (Ashley) was runner-up in high jump and Chantel Wright (Ashley) earned a third place performance in the shot put.
Sprinter Jelonnie Smith (South Brunswick) took home a third-place finish in the 400 meter dash. Jared Robertson (Hoggard) was third in the boys’ 400 meter dash.
Cross-country runners Natalie Tyner (Laney) and Robinson Snider (Hoggard) dominated in distance events. They both claimed first in the 3,200 meter run as Tyner and Snider were the Mideastern Conference Cross-Country Runners of the Year in the fall of 2015.
Tyner also helped guide Laney to a first place showing in the 4×800 meter relay alongside Breanna Bakker, Haley Smithwick and Cameron Smithwick. Cameron Smithwick took third in the 800 meter run and twin sister Haley Smithwick was two spots behind Tyner in the 3200 meter run.
Autumn James, Imani James, Desiree Preston and Azariah Fields put New Hanover on the board with a fourth-place finish in the 4×100 meter relay. The Wildcats had a great day as Carl Scott captured third in high jump, with Julia Ubertini and Zion Murphy grabbing fourth in 800 meter run and triple jump, respectively.
Topsail’s Lucy Marcum was fifth in the 800 meter run and Jackson Moore placed third in the boys 800.
Click here for complete results from the 2016 Screaming Eagles Invitational at Ashley High School.
Boys rankings, 21 events scored: No. 1 North Brunswick, 108.5; No. 2 Richlands, 68; No. 4 Ashley, 58; No. 7 New Hanover, 45; No. 10 Topsail, 33; No. 11 Hoggard, 29; No. 18 South Brunswick, 10; No. 21 Laney, 9
Girls rankings, 19 events scored: No. 1 Swansboro 81; No. 2 West Carteret, 77; No. 3 Jack Britt, 67; No. 4 Pinecrest, 64; No. 5 North Brunswick 58.5; T-9 Laney 38; T-9 New Hanover 38; No. 13 Hoggard, 20; No. 14 South Brunswick, 19; No. 17 Topsail, 9