GREENSBORO — North Johnston freshman Dylan Pinder won two events in the NCHSAA 2A State Track and Field Championships Saturday at N.C. A&T University.
Pinder had competition in his three wheelchair events, going head-to-head with South Lenoir’s Bryce Floyd in the 100, 200 and shot put. Pinder took both races, but Floyd won the shot put.
“It felt good,” said Pinder, who set a new personal record in the 200 at 53.11 seconds. His focus, he said, was on his “starting out in my racing.”
North’s Tangela Williams had a great day as well. She was the state runner-up in the triple jump.
Bunn junior Tainasha Vines won the girls triple jump (39-1.5), where she edged Williams (38-4.75). Vines also took the long jump (18-7.5), giving her a third outdoor state championship.
“I just wanted to stay focused on my technique,” Vines said, hoping to not get caught up with how others did their jumps. “My technique compared to everyone else’s is very different.”
For Williams, it was only the sixth time she had done the triple jump at a meet.
“I didn’t think I was going to jump (that far) today. It was surprising,” Williams said.
Williams, a junior, added another runner-up finish, coming in second in the 200 (25.97).
North freshman Quasheila Thorne had a solid state championship debut, finishing 10th in the 400 meters in 1:02.43.
1A Championships: Junior vaulter Martin Bayles of Princeton led a promising group of underclassmen at Friday’s NCHSAA 1A state track and field championships with a six place finish in the pole vault.
Bayles cleared 11 feet in the event and was one of nearly a dozen Johnston County entries who are underclassmen that participated in the meet on the campus of N.C. A&T State University.
Sophomore Amber Johnson ran eighth for Princeton in the girls 3,200-meter run. Johnson clocked in at 15:01.51. Teammate and junior Megan Evans was 10th in the same event (15:26.38).
Another Princeton junior — Jose Aguillon — took 10th in the 1,600 with a time of 4 minutes, 58.22 seconds.
Both Bulldog 800 relay teams ran in the state meet. The girls team of Jasmine Bogle, Jasmine Bombard, Abby Rubio and Jordan Pearce finished 15th in the state in 2:04.2.
The Princeton boys 800 team (which features all underclassmen) was 14th in 1:38.38. The Bulldogs quartet was Matthew Stallworth, Earl Gibson, Nicholas Hare and Jarrett Pearce.
Gibson, a freshman, finished tied for 11th in the long jump. He went 19-2 ½ in the event.
Jasmine Bombard placed in both girls’ pit jumps. She was 13th in the long jump (13-1) and 14th in the triple jump (29-8).
The high jump competition featured a tie for 16th by Jasmine Bogle. She also finished 11th in the 100-meter dash preliminary round.
Neuse Charter also had a pair of young standouts among their trio of state championship qualifiers. Freshmen Marika Samuelsson took 11th in the girls 400 (1:05.94) and Maurice Watson was likewise 11th in the boys 400 (53.56). Watson also was 12th in the 200 at 23.61 seconds.
NCS standout Sara Stephenson led her team, though, with a 10th place finish in the 1,600 (6:11.16).
Bishop McGuinness won the girls team championship and North Stokes was the boys champion.
D. Clay Best contributed.
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