LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Weddington boys 4×800 relay team consisting of Jackson O’Hara, Kyle Durham, Will Mazur and Jake Toomey put out a top 10 national showing in their event while Cuthbertson produced three winners of their own to lead county participants in the Virginia Showcase, an indoor track and field super event featuring more than 470 teams, clubs and associations from around the country, Jan. 18 to 20 at Liberty University.
Gabriella Castro, Madeline Hill and Kyle Stamper produced individual titles for the Cavs while many other county athletes had strong showings in their events.
Below is a school-by-school look at how each team fared.
Note: Not every individual or relay was conducted in the same race. For each event, there were several different races based off age and time. Elite races were by invitation only.
The Cavs sent a number of boys and girl runners, but were highlighted by Gabriella Castro, who won the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5 minutes, 14.36, which is the seventh-fastest time in N.C. this season, and Madeline Hill, who won the 3,200 with a time of 11:18.33, which is the second-fastest N.C. time this year.
The Cavs had a number of other girls reach the finals of their events including Dahlia Carter (33rd in the 300), Addison Benz (70th in the 300), Angelina Mangiapanella (92nd in the 500), Leah Helms (11th in the 1,000 and 10th in the 1-mile, 5:12.07, which is the N.C. No. 5 time this season), Castro (20 in the 1,000), Kaitlyn St. Hilaire (96th in the 100), Hill (seventh in the 1-mile, 5:10.56, which is N.C. No. 4 this season) and Maiya Hayes (45th in the triple jump).
In addition, the 4×200 (20th), 4×400 (sixth, 4:09.86, which is the N.C. No. 6 time) and 4×800 (fourth, 9:52.91, which is N.C. No. 2) all placed. Trista Taylor and Kailyn Hayes competed in the 55, but did not qualify for the finals.
The Cuthbertson boys had 13 representatives in the finals of their respective events highlighted by Kyle Stamper, who won the 1,600 with a time of 4:25.12, which is N.C. No. 6 this season.
Stamper also competed in the 1,000 where he placed 55th overall.
In order of finish, the other individual Cav placers included Christian Phelps (11th, long jump), Aidan McNally (15th, 300), Bradon Black (16th, 300), Walker Lezotte (17th, 1,600 and 19th in the 1,000), Mickey Schihl (76th, 1,000 and 95th in the 1,600), Ashton Spangler (147th in the 300) and Thomas Stamper (279th in the 300).
The 4×200 relay placed 12th, but the star of the show was the sprint medley relay team that ran 3:32.63 and placed second overall.
Marvin Ridge Middle School
Danielle Colling won the 1,500-meter age group heat with a time of 5:22.48 while teammate Caroline Turner placed third (5:51.89).
Lance Penegar placed 10th in the shot put (48 feet, 4.0 inches, which is N.C. No. 13 this season).
Zach Barksdale (fourth, 21-7.0, which in N.C. No. 12) and Kobe Funderburk (sixth, 20-11) both shined in the long jump to lead a host of Rebel boys who placed.
Funderburk also placed 15th in the triple jump and Barksdale was 15th in the 55 hurdles. Wayne McGriff placed 15th in the 300, Keaton Anderson was 213th in the 55 hurdles and Kyle Hearn was 216th in the same event.
All five Rebels competed in the prelims of the 55, but did not advance to the finals.
Finally, Chandler McClendon placed 155th in the 300.
Anna Davis highlighted the girls by placing fourth in the 3,200 with a run of 11:28.80, which is good for N.C. No. 5 this season.
Elizabeth Starkie placed 10th in the 1,000 with a time of 3:05.33, which is N.C. No. 9 this season.
The other Warrior placers included Sarah Bechtel (21st in the 2-mile), Jordyn Case (25th in the 300 and also a 55 competitor, although she did not qualify for the finals), Kathleen Abrams (17th in the 2-miler) and Wren Spencer (103rd in the 1,000).
The 4×800 relay team stole the show, winning the 4×800 relay by nearly 15 seconds to finish in 7:49.73, which is N.C. No. 2 and the eighth-fastest time run in the state this season, breaking the team’s old mark by nearly three seconds.
Emerson Douds had a busy day, placing fifth in the 500 invitational-only event with a 1:05.90, which in N.C. No. 3 this season and he placed 12th in the invitation-only 300 with a time of 35.14, which is N.C. No. 6 this season.
Mazur turned in a top-10 finish by placing sixth in the 1,000 (2:34.42, good for N.C. No. 8 this season). Stephen Larson (11th in the 3,200), Nate Jaster (18th in the 3,200), O’Hara (28th in the 1,000), Chase Barajas (60th in the 3,200) and Durham (67th in the 1,000) all placed for the Warriors, who also got a third-place finish in the distance medley relay.