Sprint and Hurdles
Brock Adams (Robbinsville) had as impressive of a regional performance as they come. The junior clocked 15.41 and holds the top seed by a half-second.
Mountain Island Charter School was dominant in the sprints during 2021 outdoor and 2022 indoor season, so this 2022 outdoor state meet should be more of the same. Trevin Moyer is the top seed in the 100m, 200m and 400m. He will be chasing gold in all three events and looking to earn State MVP honors. He doesn't have to look far for his competition, as teammate Jaylin Milton-Hall is seeded second in the 100m and 200m and fourth in the 400m. Carver junior Jamaari Blackburn was the other runner to break 11.00 during regionals. Blackburn is seeded third in both the 100m and 200m, as well. Mountain Island's Trae Nickelson is seeded fourth in the 200m, giving MICS a golden opportunity to score a high number of points.
Lauren Tolbert (Highland Tech) is going to have herself one b-u-s-y day! She is the top seed in the 100m, 200m, 400m, and 800m.
She is racing Mountain Island standout freshman Jaida McGrew in the 100m and 200m. Elkin freshman Aniya Edwards is her top competition in the 400, as the duo were the only two to break 1:00 during regionals. A win over Tolbert by one of these freshman would give them a huge momentum and confidence boost moving further into their careers.
Lauren Tolbert headlines the 800m field, but it will be no easy victory. Three other girls broke 2:30 at their regional and will be hungry to chase gold of their own: junior Amaya Hicks (Swain County), sophomore Paige Berthold (Lejuene), and freshman Arizona Blankenship (Swain County).
In the girls' 1,600m and 3,200m we have senior Briley Bickerstaff (Riverside) facing off against Blankenship. They are the top two seeds in both events.
Seniors Jacob Fiorillo (Corvian Community) and Ben Resler (Cornerstone Charter) are writing the final chapter in their history, this time racing for the NCHSAA 1A 1,600m title and 3,200m title. They are the top two seeds in both events.
Huneycutt and Lyons are also racing Fiorillo and Resler in the 3,200m.
Swain County girls dominated the 4x800m during regional weekend, being the only team to break 10:00. Their 9:57 is over 30 seconds ahead of Mountain Island Charter School, who is seeded second.
The boys of Swain County are hunting for their own 4x800m title. They are seeded second, only five seconds back of top seeded South Davidson. The top five seeds are all within 10 seconds of each other.
The Swain County girls also hold the top seed in the 4x400m, with Elkin, Mountain Island, and Lejuene all sitting right behind.
There are five teams within five seconds of each other on the boys' side of the 4x400m. Top seed Cherryville ran 3:32.76 last weekend. The rest the top five include: Mountain Island, Union Academy, Starmount, and Avery County.
Mountain Island boys and girls hold the top seed in the 4x200m, with the boys holding the top seed in the 4x100m, as well. Pamlico County girls hold the top 4x100m seed.
The girls throws will be highlighted by North Rowan sophomore Brittany Ellis. She is the top seed in both throwing events by a wide margin. Jordan Oliver (Murphy) and Daisy Hearn (Pender) will go head-to-head in wheelchair shot put and discus.
Jesse Shelton (Mountain Heritage) is the lone boy that is seeded top three in both discus and shot put. The top seed in discus is Jake McTaggart (Hayesville), and in discus the top seed belongs to Andrew Lankau (Bishop McGuinness).
Janiya Ransom (Riverside) and Lilly Adams (East Wilkes) both cleared 5-0 in the high jump at regionals, and are tied for the top seed. Sophomore Zoie Shuler (Robbinsville) is the top seed in both the horizontal jumps.
Zion Ramsuer (Starmount) has the top seed in long jump, but not by much. His regional jump of 21-5.5 is only a half inch ahead of Juan Allen (Murphy), whose regional performance was 21-5.0. Zaccheaus Carmack (Washington) and Tyquan Bunch (Riverside) both had regional jumps of 21-4.50, and Kamren Clark (North Moore) had a regional jump of 21-2. This 1A boys long jump might be the closest competition of the weekend.
Over in triple jump, Albemarle senior Ali Currie holds the top seed in boys triple jump by over two feet, 46-6.75.
Mountain Island Charter is looking strong on the boys' side for team scoring, as they project to score 59 points in the sprints. Swain County, South Davidson, and Riverside all are in contention for a top-two finish.
Mountain Island girls are looking for a win of their own, however this should play out much closer. Swain County and North Rowan are just as likely to take the team title. The virtual meet projects a 6-point difference between first and third.