HENDERSONVILLE – Cuthbertson more than doubled runner-up Marvin Ridge’s scores in both the boys and girls NCHSAA 3A West Regional track and field championship on a rain-soaked track May 11 at North Henderson High School.
The rain poured at times, but Cavs coach Dustin Allen said that wasn’t something his team worried about although it did have an effect.
“They handled it great,” he said. “They didn’t use it as an excuse at all.”
Netanya Linares (high jump) and Maddie Bumgarner (pole vault) both placed fifth in their events at regionals, which will hurt the Cavs at the state meet since both were indoor state champs this winter.
“Netanya ran two sets of hurdles in the rain, she did pole vault in the rain and she did long jump in the rain,” Allen said. “She probably weighed 10 more pounds when she got to high jump.
“Indoor and outdoor, she’s done everything for us. She’s never jumped less than (5-feet, 2 inches) outdoor, but she only got 4-10 in the rain. It definitely affected her, but it is what it is.”
The Cavs still came together and earned 18 total gold medals – 11 first-place finishes for the girls and seven for the boys – dominating the meet’s 40 races and nearly winning half of the events.
Cuthbertson’s wins were spread across many events, but were led by Anyha Goode and Gabriella Gastro who each scored a pair of gold medals.
Goode took first in the 100 and the 200, while Castro was the 800 and 1,600-meter champ.
Other individual champions included Mackenzie Townsend (400, second in 200), Linares (100 hurdles), Ava Studney (pole vault), Jade McLain (triple jump) and Kaleigh Million (discus).
The Cavs also took three of the four relays. They won the 4×100 with Skylar Tatianya Lausen, Addison Benz, Kailyn Hayes and Trista Taylor; the 4×200 with Benz, Townsend, Hayes and Dahlia Cutler; and the 4×400 with Townsend, Benz, Cutler and Presley Worf.
Marvin Ridge’s lone championship came in the 4×800 as Caroline Blanton, Riley Basinger, Paige Rhule and Sarah Overby combined to win.
The Cavs raced to the win with 223.5 points, which was 120 points clear of their competition.
“We’re lucky to have a wide array of athletes that we can utilize in different ways,” Allen said. “We’re not a team that has to have one person do it all for us, which is obviously good for this level. It’s the reason we’re able to win indoor state championships and why we have a chance this weekend because we have so many kids we can get into events.”
The team also has specific coaches for sprints, hurdles, high jump, long and triple jump, pole vault and shot put.
“We have a coach at every spot, so we’re not only able to get kids where they belong, but once we get them there, they’re actually getting coached instead of a running coach giving workouts,” Allen said. “That’s obviously beneficial.”
Marvin Ridge placed second with 103 points. Charlotte Catholic was 15th with 11 points.
On the boys side, the Cavs got seven titles all with the help of three individuals.
Bradon Black won titles in the 200 and 400; Kyle Stamper took gold in the 800 and 1,600 while Trevor Grant claimed first in both the long jump and triple jump.
“They’ve been awesome all year,” Allen said. “Trevor didn’t practice once all season because he was playing baseball … One day, he went 2-for-4 at the plate against Ardrey Kell and showed up and broke the school record in the triple jump, long jump and high jump. He’s just a freak athlete.”
In addition, Black teamed with Ashton Spangler, Christian Phelps and Aidan McNally to win the 4×200.
Marvin Ridge didn’t win any events but got second-place finishes from Quinn Stokely (high jump), Ryan Manns (200 and won 100 prelim, but finished third) and in the 4×200 relay (Manns, Evin McEntee, Ryan Hank and Grant Sutherland).
Cuthbertson finished first with 159 points and was followed by Marvin Ridge (71.5 points, second) and Charlotte Catholic (six, 22nd).
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