Local track teams sprint towards finish line

From staff reports
Posted 6/8/21

Here's what to look for as local track and field teams start conference championships Wednesday.

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Local track teams sprint towards finish line

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The North Carolina High School Athletic Association track and field conference championships start Wednesday.

Here are the details for each event local teams are set to take part in, along with key standouts to keep an eye on. 

Tri-County 3A Conference 

Date: Wednesday, June 9

Location: Union Pines High School, Carthage 

Time: 9 a.m.– 

With final exams and graduation in the rearview, athletes from Triton, Harnett Central and Western Harnett will hit the starting line earlier than usual. 

For Triton, look for Martin Mancera and Malachi Batts to lead the boys in track events as both have earned at least one first-place finish in long distance and sprints, respectively.  On the girls' side, Breonna McNeill serves as a top all-around athlete that figures to get points in the jump events as well as on the track.

Central comes into Wednesday as one of the favorites to win the girls' title. Winston-Salem State University signee Tinasia Davis is a two-time regionals qualifier that will be a key cog in the Lady Trojans' relay teams and looks to contend in the hurdles as well as the long and triple jumps.  

North Carolina State University signee Sierra Collins is a long-distance specialist who already has an all-state cross country medal to her name this year. Kayla Mitchell figures to be a key sprinter having already claimed victories in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter races this season.

Junior hurdler Logan Stroud figures to be a bright spot for the Trojan boys as he looks to compete for a title in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles.

Western Harnett will lean on versatile senior athlete Misha-el Vines to compete for first place in the 200 and long jump, while Hunter Frenzke looks to make a run in the long-distance events.

Greater Neuse River Conference 

Date: Wednesday, June 9

Location: Cleveland High School, Clayton

Time: 4 p.m.–

South Johnston's Dianna Boykin will be a favorite to take home first place in both throwing events. The standout sophomore registered a toss of 107 feet, 8 inches in the discus event last month, breaking a 30-year-old school record.

Meanwhile, long-distance runner Carolina Mazzotta and hurdler Lucas Layman hope to help the Trojans on the girls' and boys' sides, respectively.

Carolina 1A Conference 

Date: Wednesday, June 9

Location: Princeton High School, Princeton

Time: 3 p.m.–

Amalia Aguilar has shown dominance for Hobbton in both the 1600- and 3200-meter runs, while  Rubin Espino has also competed well as a long distance runner. Carlos Aguilar hopes to add some points in the discus throw, having already claimed first place at meets during the season. 

East Central 2A Conference 

Date: Thursday, June 10

Location: Midway High School, Spivey's Corner

Time: 10 a.m.–

Midway has posted team wins on multiple occasions this season and looks to be competitive in both the boys and girls championships. 

The boys feature a mixture of talent on the track with Tim Maynor pacing efforts in the 200, and Devin McLamb leading the group in the long-distance runs. Both are joined by capable runners in the relay teams.

Makenzi Hudson has stamped her claim as one of the best throwers on the girls' side all season and hopes to earn a title Thursday. Meanwhile, teammates Kerrigan Brown and Lynda Rios are set to handle the sprint and long-distance duties, respectively, on the track. 

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