It can be easy to take Isaiah Moore for granted, but his consistently strong performances are worth the price of admission.
NOTE: Wake County schools has already declared that their teams cannot participate in athletics this weekend, and other counties may follow suit. Some of the athletes below may not be able to participate, or might have to compete unattached.
Events to Watch
For starters, try a 55m Dash that includes state leader and US #7 Sydnei Murphy, US #10 Imari McLean (Hillside), and US #14 Jasmine Dawson (West Johnston), plus Paisley Simmons (TW Andrews), who is the state leader and US #16 in the 60. The 55m Hurdles isn't too shabby either, with US #5 Nora McKiver (TW Andrews) facing US #12 Mollie Williams (Clayton) and US #15 Anna Cockrell (Providence Day) plus several other strong athletes. If that's not enough for you, how about a spectacular 1000m Run that features Wesley Frazier (Ravenscroft), Gina Daniel (Providence), Carmen Hilliard (South Brunswick)? You can also add in two middle-distance stars that just returned to action this winter: Mattie Blue (Broughton) and Maura McDonnell (Green Hope). Oh, yeah, let's also throw in Dejah Jones (Wakefield), Doria Kosmala (Watauga), Kaylie Loyd (Southeast Raleigh), and Katie Cease (West Brunswick), for a final section that is almost entirely composed of sub-3:10 runners. (It's worth noting that Hilliard, Blue, and Cease are scheduled to run the 1600 earlier in the meet). Mary Grace Doggett (Cardinal Gibbons) and Eliza Dekker (Durham Academy) could have quite a battle in the 3200m Run, with Bianca Bishop (Providence) right with them; Allie Castro (North Lincoln), Arden Vessie (Corinth Holders), and Callie Wynn (West Davidson), among others, could stay with the leaders or form a great second pack. Jumps fans should be on the backstretch for the Triple Jump, where Kelsey Perry (Jordan) takes on five other girls that have gone further than 35 feet this winter, including 36-foot jumpers K'Lynn Beal (Broughton) and Tamilia Wright (Williams). The High Jump should also be interesting and competitive, with Libby Florence (Cedar Ridge), Jordyn Brown (Jordan), Amara Bell (Southeast Raleigh), and Margaret Edwards (Ravenscroft) all having indoor bests of 5' 4" this season.
Athletes to Watch
If you haven't had the chance to watch Bre'anna Warren (Western Guilford) throw, you should watch this weekend; she has been in the 42-foot range a few times this winter, but if she approached 43 she will climb at least three spots in the all-time North Carolina rankings. If Rayna Yvars (Green Hope) has healed from her wrist injury, then check her out in the pole vault. It will be interesting to see freshman Sophie Ebihara (Cardinal Gibbons) in her first indoor track meet, where she will race some very strong competitors. Layla White (Cary) is scheduled to run the 300 and the 500; she will race Tametris Morrison (Southeast Raleigh) in that second race. Of course, the Wakefield 4x400 is always an impressive way to close out a meet.
Events to Watch
The 300m Dash looks like the premier sprint event this weekend, with Kwame Donyinah (Myers Park), Barry Harris (Southeast Guilford), Jamaree Murray (Southeast Raleigh), and Brandon McLean (Triton), among others. In the 500m Run, Harris and Donyinah will have to contend with Josiah Elliott (Parkland) and James Branch (Southeast Raleigh). In the 1600m Run, US #3 Bakri Abushouk (Cary) has some out-of-state competition in Jacob Poynter (Warsaw Community HS, IN), who has a 4:14 PR. The 1600 also includes Clayton Wilson (Greensboro Day) and Philip Hall (Terry Sanford). AJ Tucker (Cedar Ridge) makes his indoor debut in the 3200m Run, which is loaded with strong runners that should be able to form a large lead group: Dalton Nickel (Mount Tabor), Collin Loy (Southern Alamance), and Patrick Sheehan (Lake Norman) should be in that pack, as well as a few more talented runners. The 4x400m Relay should be extremely competitive, with four teams that have run between 3:30 and 3:32 in the race; likewise for the 4x800, which (after Cary) has several teams seeded in the 8:20's, including some that still need to put up state qualifying marks.
Athletes to Watch
As always, Isaiah Moore (Cummings) will be busy, and will probably take away a few gold medals. He is entered in the 55 Hurdles, the Long Jump, and the High Jump, where he could have an interesting duel with Myles Lazarou (both have cleared 6' 6"). Keep an eye on Marcus Krah (Hillside), who even as a freshman has the potential to emerge as the top triple jumper in the state. Jon Beyle (East Chapel Hill) hasn't really been pushed in the shot put this winter, except for pushing himself; I think it is safe to say that he is really ready to put up a 60-foot mark. Ian West (Fike) is one of the state's top young talents in the pole vault, and without the state leader in the competition he should have a great chance to shine. You can never forget about Thomas Jones II (Cummings) in the 55 Hurdles, as he beat his teammate last weekend and has the potential to do it again in any race they run. Ariel Shores (Southeast Guilford) has developed into one of the best mid-distance runners in the state, and he could challenge Elliott in the 1000 if he isn't worn out from running the 1600. Dajuan Massey (Hopewell) has a monster 55 time outdoors, but he is still searching for the indoor time to match it; this is a wide-open field in the 55, and it could be his chance.