Virginia Tech Premier Invitational Recap
All-Time State Record for McNeill!
You had a sense this might happen. Parkland's McKinley McNeill ran 1:14.04 at this meet last year, missing the North Carolina record by less than 2 tenths of a second. Unlike 2015, when she ran away from everyone in the field, McNeill had serious competition all the way to the line this time around - VA's Brandee Johnson won the race by a scant 0.16. That push was enough to get the Parkland senior well under the old record of 1:13.87, held by Tiana Patillo of Wakefield. Johnson and McNeill ended up US #1 and #2 this season, so let's hope they square off at indoor nationals in the 400!
Boys Distance Runners Tear It Up!
New NC #1 marks were set in all three distance events at this meet. Connor Peeples (Cardinal Gibbons) won a duel with Mitchell Resor (Weddington) in the 1000, clocking 2:29.86 US #5 NC #7 All-Time (Resor finished in 2:30.16 US #6 NC #9 All-Time). In the 1600, it was Henry Pehr (Green Hope) claiming the top spot in the rankings with a 4:18.60 US #9 as he held off Weddington's Matthew Conner (4:19.88 US #16). On Friday night, Zachary Marchinko (Jesse Carson) posted a 9:31.96 3200 time, good for US #23. All five of these guys will be in the David Oliver Classic mile next weekend!
The top mark in the NC rankings for ALL 6 RELAYS was set in this meet, proving again that the banked track in Rector Fieldhouse is as fast as they come. Green Hope led the way by setting 4 state-leading times: the Falcon boys clocked 1:32.35 in the 4x200, 3:23.86 US #16 in the 4x400, and 7:57.39 US #3 in the 4x800, while the girls posted a 9:43.47 in the 4x800. Southeast Raleigh improved their times in the other two relays, running 1:41.46 US #8 in the 4x200, then closing out the meet with a 3:49.48 US #2 NC #2 All-Time in the 4x400.
And That's Not All!
As if the action on the track wasn't enough, one of NC's best field event athletes also got a new NC #1 mark. Kenya Livingston (Rocky River) cleared 5' 7" for the first time in 2016, breaking up the logjam at 5' 6" and moving her up to at tie for US #3 this season! With another inch, she can move into the top 8 in state history, and she still has several chances to accomplish that; after all, she's just a sophomore!