NCHSAA 3A Boys State Championship Preview


Jaylen Wright (Southern Durham) is the best runner in the country in the 55m Dash with his season best mark of 6.25.  The junior emerged as a star last year at the state meet where he dropped a PR of 6.42 in the prelims and 6.35 in the finals.  This year he's a heavy favorite to defend and will look to improve on his US#1 mark.  Sophomore Terrell Robinson (Mt. Tabor) is the only other 3A boy under 6.5 this season with Gavin Blackwell (Sun Valley) and Jaidin Thomas (Eastern Alamance) at 6.52.

Aidan McNally (Cuthbertson) and Kameron Austin (Southern Guilford) come in as the top two boys in the 300m Dash with seasons best of 35.14 and 35.35 indoors.  Justin Biggs (Swansboro) hasn't run indoors, but holds a season best of 34.34 outdoors.  McNally took 4th a year ago and is the top returner from last years field.

The boys 500m will be a tight battle as Mitchell Norris (Asheville) coming in as the top seed at 1:05.75.  He'll have many boys right on his heels with Peter Dejonge (Weddington) holding a 1:06.96 season best along with 8 others under 1:08.  With a fast pace it wouldn't surprise me to see a breakout performance from someone in this field, but Norris will be hard to beat up front if he runs to his abilities.

Jieem Bullock (North Brunswick), Khairi Williams (Mount Tabor) and Mehki Wall (Dudley) all come in with PRs of 7.6 in the 55m Hurdles.  Bullock is the top returner with a 4th place finish a year ago at 7.70.  Williams was DQed in the finals last year and will be looking for redemption after a strong junior year.  Wall is running his first indoor season for Dudley after a strong freshman year outdoors where he placed 7th in the 110s in 3A a year ago.  It'll take a PR day for someone to take home the title in this competitive field tomorrow.