North Stokes runners are off to a promising start after Emma Frye, Dawson Durham, and Laith Nickell finished first in the Vikings indoor season opener at JDL Fast Track in Winston Salem.
“We have a lot of veterans on the team and they know what to expect and what they need to accomplish. Many of our athletes ran personal best times for their events,” said North coach Rodney King.
Frye led the ladies team with three wins in the 55 meter hurdles, long and triple jump.
“I knew Emma was going to have a good meet. She’s coming off of some good training from cross country season. She’s in excellent shape, and she’s a competitor,” King said.
Frye had a personal best indoor time for the long and triple jump and was only a little over a tenth of a second from breaking her 55 hurdle record. The junior’s ranked top four in the 1A/2A.
“We’re looking for her to get some good competition so she’ll be ready to go after it in the spring. This indoor season we’re looking to get her faster and stronger,” King added.
Durham won first place in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:56.01.
“This is the first year Dawson’s started off indoor at the beginning of the season,” King said. “He looked good running the mile on Tuesday night. He and Jacob McGee are pushing each other and we’ve added senior Talley Hernandez to the mix and these three are pushing it in practice.”
Nickell, who was the 1A/2A indoor pole vault state champion two seasons ago, began his senior year strong with an impressive win.
Madison Sexton and Brandy Bullins finished with personal bests in their events along with Junior Fulk who beat his past time by over 10 seconds.
“Madison has been out sick for the past month and just started back practice about three days before the meet. I think she surprised herself with a PR in the 300,” King said.
Junior Brandon Boyles PR’d in the shot put.
“He’s working hard. Brandon is going to be a go-to guy for us this year in the shot and discus outdoors,” the coach said.
Morgan Cone was less than a second off the school record in the 300 and Emma Stanbery finished with a time of 3:44.28 in the 1000 meters.
King is expecting his athletes to use the time during the indoor season to prepare for spring track and qualify a number of athletes for the 1A/2A Indoor state meet.
At this point, Frye has qualified in the 55 hurdles, long Jump, and triple jump, Boyles qualified in the shot, and Nickell qualified in pole vault.
“If the weather cooperates with us at practice the kids will be in excellent shape and ready to accomplish our goals for the outdoor season,” King said.
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