Liberty High School Christmas Invitational
This past weekend, some of North Carolina's top athletes competed at the Liberty High School Christmas Invitational. Athletes from Providence HS, RJ Reynolds, Burlington Cummings, Ben L. Smith, Polk County, and Forsyth Country Day all performed well.
Girls & Boys 55m Dash
In the girl's race, NC took 5 of the top 6 places.
Gabrielle Glenn of Providence HS, who was 2nd in the 100m, 200m, & 400m at last year's 4A state meet, started this year out on a high note. She won the 55m easily, running 7.13. Her time moves her in a tie for 9th on the All-Time NC list.
Greensboro Smith's sprinters, Sirrell Butler & Allegra Seegars, finished in 2nd & 4th respectively, running 17.4 & 17.45. Allegra finished 8th last year in the 4A meet 100m and 7th in the 200m. Splitting them was Southern Durham's Jacinda Evans with a time of 17.42.
Finally, Providence's Cierra Frazier and R.J. Reynolds' Evyan Durham placed 5th and 6th. They also were under 17.5, with times of 7.46 & 7.49.
In the boy's race, Forsyth Country Day's Hunter Furr won easily with a time of 6.54. Hunter won both the 100 and 200 meter races at last year's NCISAA state meet.
Girls & Boys 55m Hurdles
R.J. Reynolds showed they are going to be tough in the hurdles this year as Charloton Rolle and Korel Mack went 1, 2 in the boy's race. Charlton's time of 7.43 ties him for 11th on the All-Time NC list. Austin Davis of Northern Durham also finished 3rd with a time of 7.86.
In the girl's race, R.J. Reynolds girls finished 3rd and 4th. Joanna Wright & Shanice Jones only placed behind 2 other female athletes from NC. Latoya James and Sherice Walker of Burlington Cummings went 1, 2. This is familar territory for these two, as they also went 1, 2 at last year's 2A NCHSAA state meet.
Girls & Boys 300m Dash
Gabrielle Glenn came back and also won the 300m dash by about a second and a half. Her time of 41.68 is very impressive for December.
R.J. Reynolds' Joanna Wright finished 2nd running 43.02 & Allegra Seegars finished in 5th.
Miles Walker of Providence HS won the boy's 300 race with a time of 36.95. Miles ran 49.64 last year in the 400m.
2 other NC athletes placed in the top 5. R.J. Reynolds' Korel Mack finished 3rd in 37.76 and Providence's Gary Meadows ran 37.79 for 4th.
Girls & Boys 500m Dash
Miles Walker doubled his winnings on the day with a win in the 500 running 1:07.61. Charloton Rolle placed 3rd while running 1:08.64.
In the girl's race, R.J. Reynolds' Shanice Jones won with a time of 1:23.17.
Girls 3200m run
Elisabeth Elliott coming off another successful XC season won the girl's race with a time of 12:05.07. It must have been a close race, as she only won by 1 second.
Girls & Boys Relays
R.J. Reynolds' girls won the 4x200 running 1:49.36. Behind them in 2nd place was Burlington Cummings. They just missed breaking 1:50 with a time of 1:50.08.
R. J. Reynolds' boys won the 4x400 with an early season time of 3:33.53. Providence finished 3rd in 3:40.32.
In the boy's 4x800, R.J. Reynolds placed 4th and Polk County 5th. They ran 9:03.14 and 9:08.53 respectively.
Girls & Boys Field
Joanna Wright of Reynolds won the PV with a vault of 10'6". A very solid clearance for December.
In the boy's event, Joel Short of Forsyth Country Day finished 2nd with a vault of 13'6". Maverick Miles of South Rowan also cleared 13'6" for 3rd place and finally Pinecrest's Tyler Benton cleared 13'.
In the girl's long jump, Southern Durham's Janice Evans won with a jump of 17' 2". Sherice Walker and Brittany Wilkins of Cummings placed 4th and 5th. They both jumped over 16' to begin the season.
They were even more dominating in the triple jump. Walker, Latoya James, and Brittany Wilkins went 1,2,3. Sherice and Latoya both jumped over 37 feet which is an incredible way to start off.
Austin Davis of Northern Durham won the triple jump and long jump with very good jumps. His triple was 46' 11" and his long was 21' 10". Justin Carlson of Polk County finished 5th in the shot put with a throw of 45-08.