Although this is the 6th consecutive year this meet has been held, a format change made it seem like a new event altogether. Dropping the relay carnival format and going with a traditional NCHSAA state meet schedule, meet management was able to attract even more talent than in the past, especially on the girls' side. The showcase events turned out to be the 100 Hurdles, where three of the state's best athletes combined with gusty conditions to post some big times (though they would not count for records due to the +2.4 aiding wind). Anna Cockrell (Providence Day) claimed the win in that race with a time of 13.91 NC #1 US #11 (all conditions), besting Ebony Williams (Parkland) and her 14.01 NC #2 US #21 (all conditions). While Williams nearly broke 14 for the first time, Kylie McMillan (Southern Guilford) came through with a 14.29 NC #4. The three girls nearly produced the top three times in the state, though a performance elsewhere broke up that effort. Cockrell also clocked 43.18 NC #1 US #21 in the 300 Hurdles to outduel Williams, who ran 43.27 NC #2 US #26. The boys' hurdles were also hotly contested, with Isaac Johnson (Providence Day) claiming the 110 in 15.29 over Gevontae Hardy (North Forsyth) and his 15.35. Brandon Gambrell (North Forsyth, competing unattached) took the 300 hurdles in 40.30 NC #3.
Pakland's girls continued to dominate in the sprint races, led by Katlin Sherman, who took the 100 in 12.28 and the 200 in 24.68 NC #1. The Mustangs also claimed three relays, running 47.85 in the 4x100 and 1:40.49 in the 4x200 before ending the day with a 4:02.53 4x400. They came within one event of a complete sweep of the sprints and sprint relays, but it was Jaleesa Smoot (Salisbury) that won the 400 in 57.14 NC #1, holding off McKinley McNeill's 57.44 NC #2. Meanwhile, the boys' sprints were all won by a different athlete, although the Providence Day boys did take home wins in the 4x200 (1:33.30) and 4x400 (3:33.86).
In the distance races, it was Arden Vessie (Corinth Holders) that posted the best performance, running 11:15.62 in the 3200, the #2 non-Raleigh Relays time in the state. Hannah Moerk (East Forsyth) won both the 1600 and the 800, holding off Cameron Rutherford (Corinth Holders) in the second race after having little challenge in the first. As was the case in the sprints, the boys' distance races had three different winners. Cheyenne Gloster (Salisbury) was the field event headliner, throwing the discus 126' 1" NC #4. Ila Mumford struck gold for Parkland in both the long jump (16' 10") and the triple jump (35' 10"). Gambrell got a second gold medal in the high jump, clearing a big PR of 6' 6" to tie for NC #4.