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Several Athletes Have Podium Finishes at NCHSAA Track and Field Championships

The high school state track and field championships wrapped up this weekend. The championships were held at the North Carolina A&T State University Track and Field Complex.

In the 1A girls final team rankings, Draughn finished 41st with one point recorded. In the 1A boys final team rankings, Draughn finished 30th with eight points.

In the 2A girls 3200 meter run, East Burke’s Meah Walsh finished in second place. The senior finished in 11:31.98, besting her qualifying time by nearly 18 seconds.

In the 2A girls discus throw, Bandys junior Kaylee Cutshaw finished third for here final throw of 107 feet, five inches.

In the 2A boys 110 meter hurdles, Ayden Thompson of Bunker Hill won gold. The senior won with a time of 14.73 seconds.

In the 2A boys high jump, East Burke’s Kenneth Byrd finished second with his jump of 6 feet, 6 inches. The junior also won the boys pole vault. In 2022, he set a new record of 15 feet, 4 inches. He didn’t need that this time, still winning gold, but with a height of 14 feet, 6 inches.

In the 2A girls final team rankings, Bandys finished 24th with 10 points, East Burke finished 28th with nine points. Bunker Hill was 41st with five points.

In the 2A boys final team rankings, East Burke finished fifth with 37 points. Bunker Hill was 10th with 18 points. Bandys placed 16th with 14 points, and Newton-Conover was 43rd with three points.

In the 3A class, in the girls long jump, Jada Brown won with a leap of 18 feet, 5.75 inches. The junior won by three-quarters of an inch. She also finished third in the triple jump with a final distance of 37 feet, 1.5 inches.

Kwan Oates won the boys triple jump event. He had a final leap of 44 feet, 7.5 inches. The junior won by 4.5 inches.

Hibriten’s Gabe Suddreth placed second in the boys discus throw. In the finals, he chucked the plater at 149 feet, nine inches.

In the 3A girls team final rankings, Hibriten finished 18th with 16 points. St. Stephens finished 30th with five points, and Freedom finished in 51st with one point. In the boys 3A team final rankings, Hickory finished 17th with 15 points and Hibriten finished 26th with eight points.

Bunker Hill’s Zaccheaus Flemming won the boys 100 meter dash unified, crossing the tape in 11.61 seconds. Special Olympic North Carolina Unified track and field is an interscholastic sport program that combines athletes with and without intellectual disabilities. Through a partnership with the North Carolina High School Association (NCHSAA), Special Olympics North Carolina continues to grow Unified track and field throughout the state.