Tamara Clark (High Point Central) 55m Dash + 300m Dash + 4x200+ 4x400
Clark returns as the favorite in the sprint events as she looks to individually defend her 55m and 300m State Title. She is also on the 4x200 and 4x400 for High Point Central that are the #1 seed. We could very well see Clark going home with four state titles this weekend. She and her relay teammates could also set state record or meet records in each of the events, which usually serve as bonus points.
Clarks Projected Points - 10 + 10 + 2.5 + 2.5 = 25 points.
Isabel Zimmermann (Reagan) 1000 + 1600 + 3200
With Nevada Mareno not racing indoors for Leesville Road, it has let Isabel Zimmermann prove how talented she is on the track. Zimmermann ranks #1 in both the 1000 and 1600 (2:58.62 & 5:01.65) and #2 in the 3200 behind Sara Platek (10:49.38).
Zimmermann's Projected Points 10 + 10 + 8 = 28 points.
Kenya Livingston (Rocky River) High Jump + Long Jump + Triple Jump + 4x200/4x400
Livingston is known as a superstar high jumper, but does well in the horizontal jumps as well! She is tied for #1 in the High Jump with Addie Renner (Myers Park) with a jump of 5-8, #2 in the Long Jump (17-10) and #3 in the Triple Jump (36-2.5). We could also see Livingston run a leg on Rocky Rivers 4x2 or 4x4 which could increase he points if they place.
Livingston's Projected Points - 9 + 8 + 6 = 23 (plus possible relays)
Mackenzie Whitaker (West Carteret) Long Jump + Triple Jump + 55mH + 500
Last year Mackenzie Whitaker took the 3A Girls MVP Title home with a 2nd place finish in the Triple Jump, 1st place finish in the Long Jump, 1st place finish in the 500m Dash and anchoring the 4x400 to a 5th place finish. It looks like this year she will sub the relay for the 55mH where she comes in ranked 4th. Whitaker also currently ranks #1 in Long Jump, #2 in Triple Jump and #3 in the 500. If she has the same success as last year she will certainly be tough to beat.
Whitaker's Projected Points 10 + 8 + 6 + 5 = 29 points
Emme Fisher (West Carteret) 1000 + 1600 + 3200 + 4x800?
Sarah LaTour (Cuthbertson) 1000 + 1600 + 3200 + 4x800?
It'll take a near perfect day for both of these girls over the distance events to score more points than Whitaker, but both have the ability to sweep the distance events on Saturday afternoon. Fisher ranks #1 in the 1000 (2:59), #3 in the 1600 (5:11.07) and #2 in the 3200 (11:19). LaTour ranks #2 in the 1000 (3:00.73), #1 in the 1600 (5:04.65) and #4 in the 3200 (11:29.94).
Fisher's Projected Points - 10 + 6 + 8 = 24 points
LaTour's Projected Points - 8 + 10 + 5 = 23 points
Nicole Barnes (T.W. Andrews) 55m Dash + 55m Hurdles + Long Jump +Triple Jump
Last Indoor season Barnes qualified for just one event, the 55m Dash where she took 19th in the prelims. This year Barnes has taken her game to a whole new level where she is a state title contender in 4 events. Barnes ranks #2 in the 55m Dash (8.20), #4 in the Triple Jump (36-8), #1 in the Long Jump (18-8.50), and #2 in the 55mH (8.24). Barnes has flown very under the radar this indoor season, but Friday night she will likely emerge as a superstar on the track.
Barnes' Projected Points - 8 + 5 + 10 + 8 = 31 points
Kayla Moore (Cummings) 55mH + 55m Dash + Long Jump
Kayla Moore is dominant over the Hurdles where she could break 8 seconds for the first time. She holds a PR of 8.02 from the Eastern Challenge and currently sits NC#11 All-Time in the event. She ranks #3 in the Long Jump, where the top three girls are within 1 inch of each other and #6 in the 55m Dash, but holds the second fastest FAT mark of 7.38. Moore also does Triple Jump, but it looks like she will pass on that event at the state championships.
Moore's Projected Points - 10 + 6 + 8 = 24 points
Alex Rodman (First Flight) 1000m +1600m +4x800
Rodman emerged almost out of no where a few weeks ago when she blasted a 2:57.57 at Virginia Tech to move to NC#1 for All-Classifications. She is a favorite by nearly 18 seconds in the NCHSAA 1A/2A 1000, and ranks 2nd in the 1600 with a 5:20.74. She should be able to drop significant time off her 1600 PR this weekend if she runs as well as she has for 1000m.
Rodman's Projected Points - 8 + 10 + 2 (4x800 ranked #2) = 20 points