Coronation and Culmination: NCHSAA 1A State Meet Recap

Two expected team champions earned what belonged to them, while some of the state's most decorated stars ended their careers with multiple titles.

The girls' NCHSAA 1A State Meet went predictably: 11 of the 18 events were won (or winning relays anchored) by 4 star athletes, and the 2 favorite teams ended up in the top 2 spots. On the boys' side, the only thing that was predictable was how unpredictable the meet was (except for the team champion, which was expected). There were only two double winners for the boys, meaning that there were 12 different champions in the 14 individual events, plus all 4 relays won by different schools (none with an individual champion on the relay).

Expanding on that theme, 15 out of the 18 girls' events were won by the individual or team predicted to win by our virtual meet. On the boys' side, only 9 events went according to plan. That's part of what makes any sporting event interesting, though, and watching underdogs emerge all day (including one individual and one relay that won from the slow section) only added to the excitement of the meet. In a sense, the girls' meet was about coronation and culmination, as teams earned what belonged to them and superstars ended their careers with multiple gold medals. The boys' meet, however, was about survival in the individual and relay events - who could put the best performance out there on a day when almost anything could happen? Check out the highlights below!

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Girls Team Champions: Winston-Salem Prep

Boys Team Champions: North Stokes

Girls Team Runners-Up: Community School of Davidson

Boys Team Runners-Up: Rosewood

Girls MVP: Malia Ellington, CSD

Won the 1600, 800, and 3200

Boys MVP: Trevor Carr, Camden County

Won the Triple Jump, 2nd in the 200, 4th in the 400

Girls Sportsmanship Awards

Boys Sportsmanship Awards


  • Malia Ellington set a new 1A State Meet record in the 800, clocking 2:12.26 NC #2. She also ran 5:04.85 in the 1600 and 11:28.59 in the 3200, and she anchored CSD to a meet-record 4:04.26 in the 4x400.
  • Deonica Reid won the 100 and 200, finished second in the long jump, and also anchored Winston-Salem Prep to the win in the 4x200.
  • Kylie Polsgrove (Avery) added three more individual titles to cap her career, winning the 100 Hurdles, 300 Hurdles, and High Jump.
  • Vanisha Wilshire (Louisburg) won the Long Jump and Triple Jump, the latter in a Meet Record 39' 4" NC #3 US #26
  • Zach Boone (Mitchell) ended his outstanding career with two more wins, taking the 1600 in 4:24.51 and the 3200 in 9:45.88.
  • Jacob Whitaker (Andrews) claimed gold medals in both throws, going 56' 4.25 in the shot put and 151' 9" (winning by 4 inches) in the discus.
  • Boys MVP Trevor Carr (Camden) jumped 46' 5" NC #9 in the triple jump.