North Brunswick boys defend 2A track title; area athletes compete at state meets

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The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) completed the 2016 State Championships for Track & Field at Irwin Belk Track on the campus of N.C. A&T State University over two days this past weekend.

Despite more than 2.5 hours of a delay caused by lightning, the North Brunswick boys track team continued its amazing run within the 2A classification and sprinted past second-place Forest Hills, 71-45, to capture the 2A title.

The North Brunswick Track Team celebrating another 2A title. Photo courtesy- Larry Brock Jr.
The North Brunswick Track Team celebrating another 2A title. Photo courtesy- Larry Brock Jr.

North Brunswick saw their 4 X 100 relay team of Jayhlen Washington, Shaquan Graham, J.C. Smith and Cameron Barnhill take the top spot with a time of 42.51. Washington added a pair of individual wins in long jump, travelling 22′ 06.75″, and triple jump, striding, 48′ 05″.

The Scorpions had representatives competing in 14 different events. In addition to landing on top of the podium twice, Washington was runner-up in 110 meter hurdles. Barnhill also had a pair of fourth place finishes in 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash. Graham, Latrell Hill, Alex Justice and Keandre Yeoman chipped in with a third-place finish in 4X200 meter relay. Tyron Watson was also fourth in discus.

On the girls’ side, Keyana Yeoman took third in 300 meter hurdles, while Unique Hines had a top-five finish in long jump to pace the Lady Scorpions.

At the 4A event, Autumn James had a fifth place finish in triple jump and eighth in high jump for New Hanover. Carl Scott (New Hanover) claimed fourth in the boys’ high jump. Freshman Natalie Tyner (Laney) rounded out a strong first season with a sixth-place showing in 3,200 meter run and Hoggard’s Robinson Snider closed his high school career eighth in the same event. Daniel Suggs and Luka Abraham gave all four track programs within New Hanover County a top five finish in at least one event following a fourth and fifth place result in the pole vault for Ashley. Russell Corbett (Ashley) also took fifth in shot put.

Local athletes were well represented at this years state meet. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams.
Local athletes were well represented at this year’s state meet. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams.

Rounding out the local qualifiers showcasing their ability at the state meet, South Brunswick had a trio of athletes during the 3A portion of the weekend. Kim Williams took eighth in high jump. Jelonnie Smith and Anna Shelton were ninth in 400 meter dash and long jump, respectively.

Click here for complete 4A NCHSAA Championship results.

Click here for complete 3A NCHSAA Championship results.

Click here for complete 2A NCHSAA Championship results.

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