CARTHAGE — Almost all of the county’s high school track and field teams were in action Wednesday during the Tri-County 3A Conference finals held at Union Pines High School.
Harnett Central, Western Harnett and Triton each had athletes dawning medals by day’s end as the six-team field braved sweltering temperatures to battle for conference supremacy.
Central had the best team finish among local schools, placing second behind Union Pines in the girls’ meet. Triton and Western followed with third- and fourth-place finishes, respectively.
Sierra Collins won three gold medals for the Lady Trojans, finishing first in the 800-, 1600- and 3200-meter runs. Kayla Mitchell topped the field during the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.26 seconds and was second in both the 100 and 400. And Tinasia Davis scored second-place finishes in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, as well as the triple jump. Jonaira Judd’s discus throw of 85 feet, 1 inch was good enough for a gold medal.
Lanessa Bryson was a bright spot for the Western girls team, finishing first in the long jump and third in the 200.
Triton took first in the 4x200-relay with a time of 1:55.68.
On the boys’ side, one point decided the conference champion as Southern Lee (141) barely edged Union Pines (140). Triton claimed fourth overall, while Central and Western tied for fifth.
Triton’s Martin Mancera established a friendly rivalry with Union Pines’ Curt Verchick in all three long-distance runs, placing second in the 800, 1600 and 3200. Two of the three runs were decided by less than a second.
Misha-el Vines was Western’s standout performer on the boys’ side, placing first in the 200 with a time of 22.72, and second in the long jump. Eagles teammate Hunter Frenzke placed third in both the 1600 and 3200.
Central’s Logan Stroud took second in the 300 hurdles as well as the triple jump and took part in the team’s third-place 4x400 team.
Union Pines also swept the top individual honors as Curt Verchick and Annika Stark were named male and female athlete of the year, respectively.