by Aaron Garcia
High school track and field athletes from across Union County put on a show at the Queen City Relays, held at Charlotte’s Myers Park High School on March 26. Despite competing in the driving rain, several local athletes recorded top-five finishes at the event, which is one of the preeminent track and field meets in the Southeast.
Marvin Ridge won three events in the boys competition, starting with distance runner Chris Colo, who claimed the 3,200-meter run in 9 minutes, 25.05 seconds. The senior also joined Michael Colven, Logan Jackson and Alex Lane in taking top honors in the distance medley relay. The quartet won in 11:01.25. Lane and Colven also teamed with Chris Van Gurp and Drew Buckley to record a runner-up effort in the 4×800 relay in 8:09.39.
In the field events, Maverick teammates Matt Townsend and Steven Anderson comprised two of the top four spots in the discus. Townsend took gold with an attempt of 126 feet, 8 inches, while Anderson finished fourth (111-8).
Though the county only produced one individual champion in the girls competition, several more athletes recorded top-10 finishes, and the results were a bit more evenly spread throughout the schools.
Marvin Ridge’s Sarah Fell won the pole vault by clearing 9-0, but teammate Hannah Frederick also placed, taking third at 8-0. Cuthbertson’s Valerie Afam recorded the next-best finish, taking silver in the triple jump after leaping 34-8.50. Monroe’s Jamie Glenn wasn’t far behind with a third-place distance of 34-7. Fellow Redhawk Reneazia Collins (48.15 seconds) narrowly edged Cuthbertson’s Justine Neville (48.63) for third place in the 300 hurdles and then joined Desure Robinson, Kendall Cox and Janieyah Collins for a sixth-place finish in the 4×400 relay (4:51.44). Marvin Ridge also placed sixth in a pair of relay events: the 4×800 (10:14.71) and the distance medley relay (13:37.25).