Races To Watch At NCRunners Elite Tune-Up


Girls 800

This should be the main event of the meet with 2-time 800 champ TiCoiya Gidderon (High Point Central), 3A 1600 State Champ Elise Wright (T.C. Roberson), Georgia 5A 800 State Champ Emoni Coleman (Tucker HS), plus 7 other girls under 2:20!  The hope for these girls is to challenge 2:10 with Gidderon holding a PR of 2:11.93, Coleman 2:12.50 and Wright 2:12.75.  Olivia Bene (Northern Guilford), Katie Verrill (Piedmont) and Alyssa Hernandez (Northern Guilford) also will pose as threats.  Hernandez was the 3A 400m runner-up, but we saw her throw down a nasty first leg of Northern Guilford's 4x800. Bene finished just behind Wright who was runner-up in the 3A 800 to Megan Marvin in 2:13.76.


Event 11  Girls 800 Meter Run (19)
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     Name                        Year School                 Seed           
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  1  Gidderon, TiCoiya             12 Unattached          2:11.93 
  2  Coleman, Emoni                11 Need 4 Speed        2:12.50 
  3  Wright, Elise                 12 Unattached          2:12.75 
  4  Bene, Olivia                  12 Unattached          2:13.76 
  5  Verrill, Katie                11 Unattached          2:14.86 
  6  Hernandez, Alyssa              9 Unattached          2:15.50 
  7  Kavanaugh, Macie              12 Unattached          2:16.01 
  8  Parks, Gwen                    9 Unattached          2:17.76 
  9  Mccaslin, Chandler            12 Unattached          2:18.65 
 10  Hanson, Kaleigh               11 Unattached          2:19.28 


Boys 800

This is by far the deepest 800 in North Carolina this outdoor track season. 30 boys are entered at sub 2:00 and 1:57.13 is the slowest time to make it into the fast section.  3A State Champion Kyle Durham enters with the fastest seed of 1:53.98, and he'll face off with a Green Hope trio of Ares Epps, Matthew Kehn and Sean Petersen, who have all be sun 1:55 this season.  Epps has run 1:53, but was DQed in the race at the SWAC Conference Championships.  He also split 1:51 for the Falcons at Penn Relays on the opening leg.  Durham won the 3A 800 in his 3rd event of the day after anchoring the 4x800 and taking 4th in the 1600 earlier in the day.

The race will also feature 1:55 man Zach Beale, who had his big breakout performance on this track back in April at the NCRunners Elite Invitational, where he upset a strong field.  Chapman Fitzgerald (Cary Academy) won the NCISAA 3A 800 in 1:55.32 out of the slow heat!  What will Fitzgerald be able to do with a lot of confidence against a strong field?


Section 4  Timed Finals
  1  Durham, Kyle                  11 Unattached          1:53.98 
  2  Epps, Ares                    12 Unattached          1:54.10 
  3  Kehn, Matthew                 12 Unattached          1:54.60 
  4  Petersen, Sean                12 Unattached          1:54.86 
  5  Beale, Zach                   11 Unattached          1:55.24 
  6  Fitzgerald, Chapman           12 Unattached          1:55.32 
  7  Atkins, Will                  10 Unattached          1:56.00 
  8  Toomey, Jake                  10 Unattached          1:56.11 
  9  Hurren, Daniel                12 Unattached          1:56.30 
 10  Alkins, Mark                  10 Unattached          1:56.96 
 11  Mazur, Will                   11 Unattached          1:57.05 
 12  Kominsky, Miles               11 Unattached          1:57.13 
 

Girls 400

NCHSAA 3A State Champion Dahlia Cutler (Cuthbertson) is fresh off a big PR of 56.15 where she edged Alyssa Rodriguez at the line to bring home her first individual title.  Ella Mainwaring Foster (Providence) took 3rd at the NCHSAA 4A State Championship in the event and holds a PR of 56.20 as a sophomore. These two should be able to push sub-56 in a head to head battle.  Abriel Myers (Stratford, SC), Florah Henry (Cuthbertson) and Trinity White are also slated to compete.


Event 7  Girls 400 Meter Dash (11)
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     Name                        Year School                 Seed           
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  1  Cutler, Dahlia                11 Unattached            56.15 
  2  Mainwaring Foster, Ella       10 Unattached            56.20 
  3  Myers, Abriel                 12 Unattached            57.28 
  4  Henry, Florah                 11 Unattached            58.50 
  5  White, Trinity                12 Unattached            58.63 
  6  Proctor, Lenah                11 Elite Track           59.00 
  7  Hamilton, Mykala              10 Elite Track         1:02.00 
  8  Hicks, Kierston                9 Elite Track         1:02.00 
  9  Cooke, Cora                    9 Unattached          1:04.00 
 10  Yeoman, Keyana                11 Unattached          1:06.34 
 11  Rhodes, Monica                 8 Unattached          1:24.58 

Boys Mile

Ares Epps (Green Hope) and Sean Petersen (Green Hope) will double back from the 800 and will battle it out with Wynn Johnson (Dorman), Coleman Mitchell (Cary Academy), and West Virginia State Champ Aaron Withrow (Winfield).  Johnson enters with the best PR of 4:15.92, and is fresh off a 1:55 800m run last weekend.  Mitchell was the NCISAA 3A 1600m Champion where he ran 4:21.85.  His PR comes from last year of 4:18.72.  Jackson O'Hara (Weddington), Jason Thomson (North Lincoln), and Tim Haughton (Apex Friendship) will also look to crack 4:20 in this loaded 1600.

Section 4  Timed Finals
  1  Johnson, Wynn                 12 Unattached          4:15.92 
  2  Epps, Ares                    12 Unattached          4:17.50 
  3  Mitchell, Coleman             12 Unattached          4:18.72 
  4  Petersen, Sean                12 Unattached          4:19.50 
  5  O'Hara, Jackson               11 Unattached          4:20.00 
  6  Withrow, Aaron                11 Unattached          4:20.64 
  7  Thomson, Jason                10 Unattached          4:21.75 
  8  Haughton, Tim                 10 Unattached          4:22.90 
  9  Combs, Ryan                   12 Unattached          4:23.00 
 10  Ebert, Ben                    12 Unattached          4:24.56 
 11  Olds, David                   12 Unattached          4:24.57 
 12  Castellaw, Cooper             11 Unattached          4:25.00 
 13  Castellaw, Cooper             11 Unattached          4:25.34 
 14  Mosca, Neil                   11 Unattached          4:25.38 
 15  Jones, Preston                11 Unattached          4:25.54 
 16  Scudder, Nickolas             11 Unattached          4:25.61 


Girls 400m Hurdles

Ariana Rivera (Providence) ran a new NC#1 time of 1:01.69 last weekend in Georgia in her premier event.  Rivera is also coming off a runner-up finish at the NCHSAA 4A State Championships in the 300m Hurdles where she ran a PR of 42.44.  Anna Brewer (Fort Mill, SC) will be a big threat to Rivera with a PR of 1:02.23 in the event.  Brewer was the SCHSL Runner-Up in the event three weeks ago.  Olivia Cooney (South Iredell), Nimeesha Coleman (Providence) and Taylor Arthur (Ardrey Kell) will also be in the event.


Section 2  Timed Finals
  1  Maginley, Brooke              10 Elite Track         1:05.00 
  2  Coleman, Nimeesha             10 Unattached          1:04.15 
  3  Cooney, Olivia                12 Unattached          1:03.78 
  4  Rivera, Ariana                11 Unattached          1:02.10 
  5  Brewer, Anna                  12 Unattached          1:02.23 
  6  Arthur, Taylor                10 Elite Track         1:03.90 
  7  Pressley, Tkye                 9 Elite Track         1:05.00 
  8  Harrison, Quanterra           12 Unattached          1:06.61 

Girls Mile

NCHSAA 4A State Champ Carmen Alder (Pinecrest) has been unstoppable this season with a 1600 PR of 4:56.47.  Alder has not raced NCHSAA 3A Champ Elise Wright yet this season, who is likely Alder's biggest competition in the state.  Wright will be doubling back from the 800, and has a PR of 4:57.80 in the event.  Eliza Broce (West Forsyth) was 5th at the NCHSAA 4A State Championships and has a seasons best of 5:03.94 in the 1600.  Broce has had an incredible freshman year, just a bit overshadowed by Alder's dominance.  Ainsley Cooper (Reagan) is coming off a great state meet where she anchored the 4x800 to a 2nd place victory, took 4th in the 1600, then 2nd in the 3200.  Cooper holds a season best of 5:04.92, and will look to crack 5 minutes tonight.

Section 2  Timed Finals
  1  Alder, Carmen                  9 Franklin Eli        4:56.47 
  2  Wright, Elise                 12 Unattached          4:57.80 
  3  Broce, Eliza                   9 Unattached          5:03.94 
  4  Cooper, Ainsley               11 Unattached          5:04.92 
  5  Faircloth, Spencer            12 Unattached          5:09.40 
  6  Whoolery, Hayley              10 Unattached          5:10.00 
  7  Bishop, Marissa               12 Unattached          5:10.55 
  8  Verrill, Katie                11 Unattached          5:12.00 
  9  Comeskey, Hannah              11 Unattached          5:16.00 
 10  Cronk, Justine                11 Unattached          5:16.23 
 11  Reutinger, Bailey              9 Unattached          5:16.50 
 12  Fedko, Katherine              11 Unattached          5:17.00 


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