WEDDINGTON – The Weddington boys track and field team pulled off one of the rarest feats ever accomplished in high school running to win the 3A championship while the Cuthbertson girls placed second to lead the county at the girls meet.
Weddington became what is believed to be just the third team in NCHSAA history to pull of a triple sweep that includes state titles in boys cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field in the same school season.
The Warriors dominated the event and were led by individual champions Emerson Douds, Kyle Durham and Alec Mock.
Douds was named the meet’s MVP and was every bit deserving as he won the 100 and the 200-meter races and also took third in the 400.
Mock won the shot put title and was fourth in the discus. Durham won the 800.
The Warriors also won two relays, taking the 4×400 with Douds, Will Mazur, Durham and Jake Toomey cruising to an easy win. Weddington also took the 4×800 with Krystopher Durham, Jackson O’Hara, Stephen Larson and Toomey combining on the win.
Parkwood won the 4×100 with Zach Barksdale, Wyne McGriff, Kobe Funderburk and Chandler McClendon teaming for the win.
Cuthbertson’s Trevor Grant and Kyle Stamper were the only other individual winners with Grant taking gold in the triple jump and Stamper winning the 1,600.
The other county track and field athletes to place included:
Marvin Ridge: Ryan Manns (seventh, 100), Owen Barr (eighth, 800), Quinn Cokely (fourth, high jump)
Cuthbertson: Aidan McNally (eighth, 400), Bradon Black (fourth, 400), Preston Tully (fourth, shot put), Walker Lezotte (eighth, 300 hurdles), Grant (fifth, long jump).
Weddington: Toomey (third, 800), Mazur (fourth, 800; fifth, 1,600), Kyle Durham (second, 1,600), O’Hara (seventh, 1,600), Nick Callis (third, pole vault).
Piedmont: John Ciprich (third, 3,200 and sixth, 800), Luk Noonan (eighth, discus).
Monroe: Joshua Marsh (second,110 hurdles and third, 300 hurdles).
Parkwood: Marcus Hesske (second, pole vault).
Cuthbertson also took a pair of top three relays, placing third in the 4×200 (Black, Ashton Spangler, Jacob Koerner and McNalley) and third in the 4×400 (Lezotte, William Walsh, Mickey Schihl and Stamper).
Weddington won going away with 102 points, which nearly doubled runner-up Cuthbertson (53). The rest of the county finished with Parkwood (18 points, 12th), Marvin Ridge (14, T-17th), Monroe (14, T-17th), Piedmont (10, 25th) and Sun Valley (two, T-49th).
Cuthbertson freshman Ava Studney was the only state champion, taking the pole vault title.
The other county placers included:
Cuthbertson: Madeline Hill (third, 3,200), Gabriella Castro (third, 1,600 and sixth, 800), Mackenzie Townsend, (fifth, 400), Leah Helms (fifth, 1,600), Netanya Linares (seventh, 100 hurdles and fifth, pole vault), Caroline Smith (eighth, high jump), Kaleigh Million (eighth, discus) and Jade McLain (fourth, triple jump).
Weddington: Mackenzie Kuelz (fourth, high jump), Elizabeth Starkie (seventh, 800), Sarah Bechtel (eighth, 800) and Sami Eberhard (sixth, pole vault).
Marvin Ridge: Isabel Crandall (second, pole vault), Katriel Williams (third, long jump), Sarah Overby (third, 800), Caroline Blanton (eighth in long jump) and Emma Stone (third in pole vault).
Piedmont: Katie Verrill (fifth, 800).
In addition, Weddington and Cuthbertson combined to get three relay teams within the top three placers of their events.
Weddington took second in the 4×800 with Bechtel, Starkie, Anna Ritter and Sydney Burke.
Cuthbertson’s Castro, Hill, Helms and Kaitlyn St. Hilaire were third in the 4×800 and Townsend, Addison Benz, Presley Worf and Dahlia Carter placed third in the 4×400.
Cuthbertson finished seven points back of Parkland for the title with 71 points. Other county teams included Marvin Ridge (fifth, 32.5), Weddington (ninth, 22) and Piedmont (four, T-37th).