Here’s a look back at how area athletes fared in recent North Carolina High School Athletic Association and North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association state track competitions.
Cumberland County’s entry into the state’s Unified Track and Field program in conjunction with North Carolina Special Olympics and ESPN came to a successful conclusion in last weekend’s state 3-A track meet at North Carolina A&T University.
Cumberland County, under the leadership of county student activities director Vernon Aldridge, has been among the state leaders in giving special needs youngsters the chance to compete in Unified Track. There are currently only three counties in the state taking part in the Unified Track program, Wake County, Cumberland County and Guilford County. With seven schools participating, Cumberland County is second only to Wake County in total schools taking part.
At the state meet in Greensboro, Unified athletes were allowed to participate in two events, the 4x100 relay and the 100-meter dash.
The Gray’s Creek team of Charles Bechtol, Devonte Pierce, Kyler Brewington and Andrew Esterly won the 4x100 with a time of 51.77 seconds.
The Westover team of Jason Sylvester, Damarion Ford, Jada Gardner and Yahaira Leaks took third with a 58.04.
Terry Sanford’s team of Jeremiah Bordeaux, Darious Davis, Clarence Frazier and Alfred Davenport was third with a 1:02.30.
In the 100-meter dash, Andrew Esterly was third with a 12.39. Bordeaux was fourth with a 12.60. Gray’s Creek’s Pierce and Anthony Liszewski were fifth and sixth respectively, Pierce with a 13.08 and Liszewski with a 13.25.
In the NCISAAstate 1-A/2-Ameet, Fayetteville Christian’s Nashaya Pagan and Fayetteville Academy’s Morgan Dorsey had big days.
Pagan was an individual winner in two events and helped lead FayettevilleChristian to a relay win.
Pagan won the 100-meter with a time of 12.76 and the 200 with a time of 26.24. Only a freshman, Pagan was a double winner in the state meet for Fayetteville Christian last year.
She teamed with Aeryon Davis, Shadea McElvin and Monet Oliver tow in the 4x100 in this year’s meet with a time of 51.65.
Dorsey took the 400-meter dash for Fayetteville Academy with a time of 58.80. A year ago, Dorsey won the 800-meter state championship for the Eagles.
The Fayetteville Christian boys foursome of Jaden Jenkins, Declan Cutler, Trevonte Robinson and Latterrion Johnson won the 4x100 and 4x200 relays. Their time in the 4x100 was 45.28, and they won the 4x200 in 1:35.09.