*note: only FAT times in the database were used in any reference to rankings
Girls Sprints and Hurdles
The East regional was blazing as Melicia Mouzzon (Heritage) and Jonah Ross (Garner) ran the two fastest times of the season to go 1-2. The only other girl to break 12 seconds this year is Alexandria Deloache (Z.B. Vance), who won the West regional by more than a tenth of a second. Destiny Wallace (Ragsdale) broke up the trio in the regional rankings with her 12.07 Midwest-winning time. Kamaya Debose-Epps (Glenn), Makhia Jarrett (Enloe), Leah Bolden (High Point Central) and Lia Love (Jordan) round out the top pack of contenders for a podium spot.
The top four regional times and the top four overall times this season had the same names in the same order as Jonah Ross, Kyna Robinson (Southeast Raleigh), Makhia Jarrett and Maya Singletary (Hoke County) all stormed to fast finishes this weekend. Leah Bolden and Melicia Mouzzon rounded out the top 6 regional times and are also ranked in the top eight among 4A times this season. Look for the winner to come from this pack.
Cara King (Apex) cruised to times of 22.57 and 46.94 at regionals to qualify for the events at states. Last year she went 23.04 in the 100 and 47.77 in the 200 at states, so she has already shown that she is in form to take down those times and threaten her personal bests of 21.66 in the 100 and 41.66 in the 200.
Maya Singletary set the standard in the 400, running the fastest time in any regional and the fastest time in 4A this year by almost three seconds last weekend. Providence teammates Ella Mainwaring Foster and Nimeesha Coleman as well as Kyna Robinson (Southeast Raleigh) were under 57 seconds at regionals and will be the biggest threats to chase down Singletary. Taylor Arthur (Ardrey Kell) finished behind the Providence duo at the West regional with the fifth fastest 4A time this year and should also be a contender.
Although it was wind-aided, Sierra Fletcher (Southeast Raleigh) has been the only girl to go sub 14 seconds this year and proved that she has earned her top ranking with a 14.17 winning time at regionals. Akira Rhodes (Mallard Creek) and Veronique Woodson (Hoke County) have also gone sube 14.5 and looked sharp with the second and third fastest regional times. The only other girls under 15 seconds at regionals were Lindsay Cooper (North Mecklenburg) and Timara Chapman (Leesville Road), who are joined by Maya Alexander (Mallard Creek) and Jasmine Richardson (South View) as the sub-15 squad in all of 4A this year. Any of these names could land their place on the podium with a big race.
Sierra Fletcher also leads the way in the 300 hurdles, but after her West regional win Ariana Rivera (Providence) showed that she is a threat to win it all as well. Those two are more than a second and a half removed from the third fastest girl in 4A this year. However Timara Chapman and Quanterra Harrison (Hopewell) were both sharp at regionals, going sub 46. With nine girls under 46 in the 4A this year, there are plenty of contenders for a podium spot on Saturday.