Track and Field: The Johnston County Championships

Clayton girls, Cleveland boys win Johnston County track championships

cbest@newsobserver.comMarch 25, 2014 

— Clayton edged out West Johnston, Corinth Holders and Cleveland in a tight race for the girls team championship at the Johnston County Track and Field Championships Friday at Corinth Holders High School.

The Comets led a race for the title that saw four teams separated by only 12 points.

Clayton totaled 120 points on the day; West Johnston had 115 ½. Corinth Holders came in third (113) and Cleveland was fourth (108).

Cleveland won the boys team title by 13 points over West Johnston. Corinth Holders came in third.

Clayton’s depth won out on the girls side as the Comets topped the team scoring column despite picking up only four event victories. The Comets’ 800-meter relay team won in 1:48. Kennedy Thorne swept the county hurdle championships. She won the 100 version in 16 seconds and the 300 in 46.5 seconds. Clayton’s Sarah Jackl led the discus competition with a throw of 88 feet, 10 inches.

Scoring top-eight finishes was the key to Cleveland’s effort as well. High jumper Cassidy McNierney won the high jump at 4-10.

The Stricklands – as in Teri and Tori – led the way for West Johnston. Teri Strickland won the sprint titles on the girls’ side with the 100 in 11.8 and the 200 in 25.2. She added the 400 county crown as well in a minute flat.

Tori Strickland couldn’t be matched in the jump pit. She won the triple jump title (34-11 ½) and the long jump (16-11). The Wildcats won the last girls’ event of the day as well, the 1,600 relay (4:21).

Cameron Rutherford had a huge day for the Pirates, winning three events. She claimed the 800 (2:34), 1,600 (5:42) and 3,200 (13:20 )championships. The Pirates’ 3,200 relay team also won in 11:05.

Smithfield-Selma’s girls won the 400 relay in 51.4 and South Johnston’s ChyAnn Ketchum – a top five finisher in the state 3A indoor championships in February – won the shot put (33-7 ½).

North Johnston was led by Tangela Williams’ runner-up finishes in the 200 and the long jump

Cleveland’s win on the boys side was powered by its quartets: as in the Rams’ four relay teams. Cleveland won the 400 (45.0), 800 (1:35), 1,600 (3:42) and 3,200 (9:05) county titles.

Individual titles went to the Rams’ Josh Carter in the triple jump (42-3) and the long jump (19-8 ½) and Taiquan Dixon in the 300 hurdles (39.5).

West’s boys had a pair of double champions in Kyle Christ (1,600 in 4:35 and 3,200 in 10:10) and Xavier Carter (110 hurdles in 14.7 and 400 in 52.5) and individual county titlists in the discus (Sam Campbell at 144-1) and shot put (Alex Porter at 47-11).

Cane Little of Corinth Holders won the high jump (5-8) and Jacob Gonzalez of South Johnston (2:09) took the 800.

Princeton’s Johnny Frasier showed off some of the speed that has made him one of the most sought-after football recruits in the nation with his win of 100. Frasier led the field in 10.8 seconds.

The county pole vault championships went to Smithfield-Selma’s Spencer Powell (11-0) and Savannah Creed of South Johnston (8-6).

North Johnston’s Dylan Pinder scored three points for his team with qualifying scoring marks in the wheelchair 100 (29.6), the shot (10-6 ½) and the 200 (1:00.2). The Panthers totaled 57 points for fifth place.

South Johnston (41), Smithfield-Selma (27) and Princeton (22) rounded out the boys standings.

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