Track and Field: The 4A State Championships

Trio of teams finish in top five

mblake@newsobserver.comMay 19, 2014 

Southeast Raleigh’s David Connor hugs teammate Jamaree Murray after their victory in the boys 4-by-400-meter relay final.

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— Southeast Raleigh’s Jacklyn Howell and Jamaree Murray earned two gold medals apiece in the NCHSAA 4A Track and Field Championships Saturday at N.C. A&T State University, leading the Bulldog teams to a pair of top five team finishes.

The Bulldog boys were fourth with 36 points, Southeast’s girls were fifth with 46 points, just five points out of a second place finish.

Howell swept the girls hurdles titles with a time of 13.52 seconds in the 100-meter race and 44.67 in the 300.

“I love to end my high school career with two wins. That (is) a very good closer for me going out of high school,” Howell said.

Murray won the boys 400 (47.77), edging Knightdale’s Johnson. Murray was second in the 200.

“Last year I came up short – got second last year – but I was dealing with a lot of injuries. This past season I’ve been working on staying healthy,” Murray said. “It wasn’t the time I wanted, but a win is a win.”

Murray also helped cap the meet with a win for Southeast Raleigh. He anchored the Bulldogs’ winning 1,600 relay team. Jayon Woodward, David Connor and Jayquan Williams joined with Murray for a time of 3:16.12.

Williams added a fourth place finish individually in the 800 and Connor was sixth in the 800. Others competing for Southeast were Jordan Sellers in the discus (13th) and Dextar Lamar Barnes Jr. in the hurdles.

Garner’s Nyheim Hines, a junior but running in his last NCHSAA championship as he plans to graduate a semester early, was second in the boys’ 100 dash (10.77) and 300 hurdles (37.71).

“I didn’t do as good as I wanted; I wanted to win a ring. It was my last time running so I left it all on the track,” “I’m over here upset that I got second, but I’m the only person who got second in this event, so I’m happy I did that great.”

In the 100 prelims, he fell off his blocks face-first. By their confusion, the other runners helped Hines out. They pulled up, thinking there had been a fault at the start. Everyone was allowed to run prelims again.

“It was interesting,” Hines said, but added that it adds to his long string of bad luck of falling off the blocks at A&T. “It just messed up my whole mindset.”

His shoelace also ripped, and his dad had to give him a new one quickly before the 200 prelims. “My whole mind was just messed up in the prelims,” he said.

Hines also ran on Garner’s fourth place 400 relay team with Quiton Campbell, James Johnson and Michael Jenkins. Johnson took sixth in the 300 hurdle finals. Jenkins added a 15th place in the 110 hurdle prelims.

Those finishes gave the Trojans the fifth place spot in the team standings.

West Johnston’s Kyle Christ made his way to a fifth place finish at 3,200 meters in 9:29.03.

Also for Southeast Raleigh’s girls, Hasana Clark was a bronze medalist in the discus throw with a distance of 121 feet, 10 inches. Clark was also sixth in the shot put. Jasmin Allen took fourth in the individual 400.

The Bulldogs’ 400 relay team (Brittney Anderson, Kayla Chavis, Asya Macon and Howell) finished third as well. Southeast was 11th in the 1,600 relay.

Other state competitors for the Bulldogs were Tiffany Dunham (eighth in shot and 15th in discus), Saidah Hardwick (13th in high jump) and Tameia Morrison (seventh in discus).

West Johnston standouts and sisters Tori and Teri Strickland both grabbed seventh place finishes in the state. Tori Strickand’s came in the triple jump (36-7) and Teri Strickland was seventh in the 200. Tori Strickland added an 11th place finish in the long jump. Both Stricklands ran on the Wildcats’ 12th place 400 relay team with Zaria Denning and Tennay Smith.

Two other Greater Neuse River Conference standouts placed in the girls hurdles. Garner’s Nyah Hines finished sixth in the 100 hurdles and Clayton’s Kennedy Thorne was fourth in the 300 hurdles.

Blake: 919-460-2606; Twitter: @PrepsNow

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