Ashley boys, Hoggard girls capture Mideastern Conference Track & Field Championship

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The Ashley boys ran away with their seventh straight Mideastern Conference Track & Field Championship, while the Hoggard girls edged Laney 157-150.50 to earn the division crown on Thursday.

Marshal Croom and Corey Whaley put in strong performances in three different events for the Screaming Eagles. Whaley placed first in 300 meter hurdles and second in long jump. Croom was runner-up in triple jump and high jump. Russell Corbett also won discus and shot put to gain big points for Ashley. Daniel Suggs took the pole vault event.

Ashley cruised to the MEC Title on Thursday. Photos courtesy- Rodney Williams
Ashley cruised to the MEC Title on Thursday. Photos courtesy- Rodney Williams

Other notable efforts from the boys’ meet were Hoggard’s Robinson Snider, Deshawn Ballard from Laney and Xavier Gause out of West Brunswick. Snider took the 1,600 meter and 3,200 meter runs. Ballard finished first in the 100 meter and 200 meter dash.  Gause won the triple jump and long jump.

Ballard also ran a leg for the Bucs as a top finisher in the 4X100 meter relay and 4×200 meter relay.

In the girls’ competition, Shar Nichols shined for Hoggard. Nichols cruised to a first-place finish in the 400 meter dash. She also teamed with Amy Hendrick, Sydney Thuman and Safesha Granger to claim the 4X400 meter relay, which clinched the conference crown.

New Hanover’s Autumn James grabbed top honors in triple jump and high jump, while Natalie Tyner, Cameron Smithwick and Erin Nesselroade represented Laney in several events. Nesselroade took the 100 meter dash and ran one leg for the Bucs in a first-place finish in the 4X100 relay alongside Ana Williams, Jayla Rogers and Jacil Sparrow. Tyner and Smithwick both either won or closed as runner-up in the 800 meter, 1600 meter and 3200 meter runs.

The Hoggard girls edged Laney on Thursday.
The Hoggard girls edged Laney on Thursday.

Topsail’s Cassidy Breland placed first in the 100 meter and 300 meter hurdles.

Click here to get complete results from Thursday’s event held at Hoggard High School.

Athletes to qualify for the postseason will now turn their attention to regional competitions set for Friday, May 13.

Boys team scores: No. 1 Ashley, 164; No. 2 Hoggard, 125.50; No. 3 New Hanover, 114; No. 4 Laney, 113; No. 5 Topsail, 91; No. 6 South Brunswick, 43.50; No. 7 West Brunswick, 31

Girls team scores: No. 1 Hoggard, 157; No. 2 Laney, 150.50; No. 3 New Hanover, 133.50; No. 4 Ashley, 80; No. 5 Topsail, 71; No. 6 South Brunswick, 62; No. 7 West Brunswick, 23