Fast Track Invitational Recap

Layla White (Cary) reclaimed the national lead in the 500, and there were many other top performances despite the weather.


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Although the weather prevented schools from several large school systems from attending the meet (including Wake, Guilford, and Mecklenburg counties).  Nonetheless, enough of the state's top athletes made it out to the JDL to produce several North Carolina top 5 performances, plus a handful of nationally-ranked marks.  Below are the highlights from the meet, featuring the events that produced the top performances.


Girls' Highlights

Girls 500 Run

Although this race was a rematch of the 500 from the NC High School Opener at UNC, Layla White (Cary) took the race over from the start and never let it get as close as that one was.  She hit the 300 mark in 41 and change, and was able to keep turning over as she came around in a new US #1 time of 1:15.11.


Girls 500 Meter Dash
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  H# Points
  1 Layla White               SO Unattached             1:15.11   2 
  2 Maya Evans                SR Fike                   1:17.17   2 
  3 Kaila Smith               SR Unattached             1:22.39   2 
  4 Ashley Jemerson           FR Unattached             1:23.95   2 
  5 Taylor Potts              JR Alexander Ce           1:24.53   1 
  6 Courtney Joyner           SO Providence D           1:28.24   2 
  7 Tiara McDay               FR Unattached             1:28.55   1 
  8 Miranda Tyson             SR Mount Tabor            1:29.66   1 


Girls 1000 Run

Gina Daniel (Providence) went straight to the front of this race, but she was pushed most of the way through by Hana Ratcliffe (Durham School of the Arts) and Katie Cease (West Carteret).  Toward the end, Cease faded (obviously tired from winning the 1600 earlier in the day), and surprising freshman Reagan Portelance (Lake Norman) caught up to her.


Girls 1000 Meter Run
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
  1 Gina Daniel               SR Unattached             3:02.77  
  2 Hana Ratcliffe            JR Unattached             3:09.32  
  3 Reagan Portelance         FR Lake Norman            3:13.35  
  4 Katie Cease               SR West Cartere           3:16.60  
  5 Caitlin Potter            JR North Lincol           3:17.36  
  6 Hannah Moerk              JR East Forsyth           3:18.52  
  7 Doria Kosmala             SR Watauga                3:19.26  
  8 Ellen Spencer             FR West Forsyth           3:19.55


Girls 55 Hurdles

After Mollie Williams (Clayton) ran a fast 8.18 in the prelims (easing off over the last two hurdles), anticipation was running high for the final.  However, after Williams hit the second hurdle and stumbled, it was Anna Cockerell (Providence Day) that stole the show, running 8.10 to become the new state leader (US #4).  Cockerell moves all the way up to 9th all-time for North Carolina indoor performances in her first year of high school competition, although the former Detroit Country Day athlete went to New Balance Indoor Nationals as an 8th-grader last winter.  Fellow freshman Shellbi Chapman (Sanderson) dropped her best time to 8.27, giving North Carolina the top three 9th-grade hurdlers in the country right now (including Wakefield's Breanne Bygrave).


Girls 55 Meter Hurdles
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
  1 Anna Cockrell             FR Providence D              8.10  
  2 Shellbi Chapman           FR Unattached                8.27  
  3 Kaila Smith               SR Unattached                8.42  
  4 Aminah Ghaffar            SR Unattached                8.43  
  5 Mollie Williams           SR Unattached                8.57  
  6 Ariel Davis               SO Unattached                8.63  
  7 Lydia Laws                JR Unattached                8.73  
  8 Lanetia Mack              SR Mount Tabor               8.76 


Girls Pole Vault

Although they had to compete unattached, three vaulters that share the same coach made it out to the competition on Saturday, and they produced some great results.  Rayna Yvars (Green Hope) set a new indoor PR and NC #2 mark of 11' 9", and she had a really good attempt at 12 feet to close out the meet (all the running events had finished at that point).  That height is the fifth-best in state history indoors, but it wasn't the only impressive jump of the day.  Freshman teammate Zoe Early cleared 11 feet, tying her for third in the state overall and equaling the top 9th-grade mark in the country.


Girls Pole Vault
    Name                    Year School                  Finals            Points
  1 Rayna Yvars               SR Unattached            11-09.00      3.58m 
  2 Zoe Early                 FR Unattached            11-00.00      3.35m 
  3 Tess Rogers                  North Stokes          10-06.00      3.20m 
  4 Savannah Bowne            SR Unattached            10-00.00      3.04m 
  5 cassie kowalski           SO Unattached             9-06.00      2.89m 
  5 Lauren Kent               SR Mount Tabor            9-06.00      2.89m 
  7 Alison Seramur               Watauga                9-00.00      2.74m 
  7 Anne Worth                SO Asheville              9-00.00      2.74m 
  7 Mariel Finger             JR North Gaston           9-00.00      2.74m


Other Top Girls Performances

Stalwart thrower Bre'anna Warren (Western Guilford) uncorked a big PR of 44' 7", moving her up to third-best in state history and US #3 indoors.  Arjia Gibson (Lake Norman) improved her PR in the long jump to 17' 10", moving her into a tie for second in the state right now.  Eliza Dekker (Durham Academy) upped her season best to 11:09.04 in the 3200, NC #3 this winter.


Boys' Highlights

Boys 1600

Although it didn't produce any PR or season-best times, this was an exciting race to with several lead changes.  Josh Mosteller (North Lincoln) led early but gave way to Clayton Wilson (Greensboro Day) before Philip Hall (Terry Sanford) took over late.   Wilson and Jacob Poyner (Warsaw Community IN) tried to go with him, but they could not match his closing speed.


Boys 1600 Meter Run
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
  1 Phillip Hall              SO Sanford, Ter           4:26.69  
  2 Jacob Poyner                 Unattached J           4:28.53  
  3 Clayton Wilson            SR Greensboro D           4:29.57  
  4 Andrew Fea                JR North Lincol           4:32.64  
  5 Josh Mosteller            SR North Lincol           4:37.12  
  6 Jonathan Wagner           SR Lake Norman            4:37.99  
  7 Brad Walter               SO Mount Tabor            4:42.09  
  8 Dean Abushouk             SO Unattached             4:42.31


Boys 3200 Run

AJ Tucker (Cedar Ridge) was able to pull away from a big lead pack over the last 800 to take the win in 9:40.78, NC #3 this season.  Ryan Shannon (North Lincoln) was able to hold off the remaining members of the pack to take second in a new PR time of 9:45.98.  The race produced seven sub-10 minute times, which is outstanding considering the athletes that were missing due to weather cancellations.


Boys 3200 Meter Run
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
  1 AJ Tucker                 SR Cedar Ridge            9:40.78  
  2 Ryan Shannon              JR North Lincol           9:45.98  
  3 Patrick Sheehan           JR Lake Norman            9:49.57  
  4 Chris Kelly               JR Unattached             9:49.61  
  5 Dominic Collichio            Unattached             9:55.21  
  6 Dustin Sneed              JR Reynolds, R.           9:56.54  
  7 Evan Georges                 Charlotte Ca           9:58.21  
  8 Nick Ciaccia              SO Reynolds, R.          10:07.39 


Other Top Boys Performances

Caleb Gabriel (Broughton) had a strong day, running 6.48 (NC #5) and 35.84 (NC #4).  Chris Cubra (AC Reynolds) threw 53 feet even, third-best in the state this season.