COLUMBIA, S.C. – Senior Sarah LaTour provided a first and second-place finish and Cuthbertson High received strong efforts in two relays as the Cavaliers finished in third place in the girls’ division at 26th annual Bojangles Track and Field Classic on April 14.
Cuthbertson finished with 34 points, just two points back of runner-up Cary Panther Creek. Simpsonville, S.C. Hillcrest won the meet with 45 points.
More than 200 boys and girls teams from 20 states participated in the prestigious two-day meet and 68 girls’ teams scored at least one point while 76 boys’ teams did the same.
LaTour, who has signed with North Carolina State, won the mile in 5:07.11. She finished second in the 3,200-meter run in a time of 10:59.21.
“We opened the second day with the two-mile (3,200) and Sarah ran a great race,” Cuthbertson track coach Dustin Allen said. “She passed five or six girls on the last lap. Then she come back and wins the mile, and that is 18 points for us right there, which put us into contention.”
Parkwood High senior Anna Bristle took third in the 3,200 with a run of 11:00.90.
The Weddington boys’ 4×800 relay team also put on a show as Will Mazur, Jake Toomey, Jackson O’Hara and Kyle Durham set a new meet with a 7:49.52. The old record of 7:51 was set in 2012. Weddington took the lead for good on Toomey’s second leg and Durham ran away from the field on the anchor leg.
Weddington’s time in the 4×800 is the best so far this season in North Carolina and ranked third nationally. The Weddington boys’ team finished fifth overall with 22 points. Durham finished in fourth place in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:54.49 while Emerson Douds took sixth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.77 seconds.
Ariana Rivera, of Providence High, also had a solid meet as she set a personal record and ran the fastest time in North Carolina this season when she won the 400-meter hurdles in 1:02.10. Rivera also anchored Providence’s winning 4×400 relay team that ran a 3:56.88.
Cuthbertson finished second in the 4×400 as Aubrie Farwell, Florah Henry, Mackenzie Townsend and Dahlia Cutler finished with a 3:57.24. Cutler also finished seventh in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.36.
“Dahlia Cutler had a great day,” Allen said. “It was just good performances by everyone. It was just a good day for the program for sure.”
Providence’s Seth Rabinowitz took second in the pole vault (15 feet, 6 inches) while Joey Jegier took sixth in the discus (160-10) and seventh in the shot put (51-03.50).
Olivia Hee, of Providence Day, set the state’s best mark in the long jump so far this track season when she won the event with a leap of 19-4. Hee’s previous best mark in the long jump this year was 18-5.
Rocky River High jumpers Jirah Sidberry and Chris Alexander also turned in strong performances in Columbia. Sidberry took third in the girls’ long jump (19-01.00) and triple jump (38-10). Alexander finished in third in the boys’ long jump (23-07.75) and fifth in the triple jump (48-02.00).
Weddington’s Riley Felts took third in the girls’ pole vault with a 11-6.
On the Web
Complete results can be found at http://bojangles-track-and-field-classic.runnerspace.com.