North Stokes indoor track athletes set 17 personal best records in their third meet of the season at JDL Fast Track in Winston Salem.
“Just about everyone on the team pr’d in at least one of their events and several pr’d in multiple events,” said Vikings coach Rodney King.
Dawson Durham won the 1600 after taking the lead with 100 meters to go and pulling away for the win.
“He had a goal to break Justin Kenard’s school indoor 1600 record. He came close to doing that running a 4:44. He’s just a little over two seconds from breaking the it,” King said.
Morgan Cone had personal bests in both the 500 and 300 meters. The sophomore is currently ranked in the top five of the 1A/2A 500 meter runners in the state.
“Dawson and Morgan have to be the standouts in this meet,” the coach said. “Morgan ran a 1:27 qualifying her for the state meet and a 46.64 in the 300 which is two tenths of a second off the school record.”
At this point, North Stokes other state qualifiers are: Emma Frye in the long jump, triple jump, and 55 hurdles, senior Laith Nickell in the pole vault, Brandon Boyles in shot put, Durham in the 1600, and Cone in the 500.
“We have several more that are close to qualifying and hopefully they’ll get there by the end of the season,” King said.
The coach believes track has become a year-round sport for athletes hoping to excel in the spring outdoor season.
“All the athletes qualifying in running events have been working since July and have run cross country. They’re already in good shape and they’ll continue to get stronger and faster as outdoor approaches,” King said.
Over Christmas break, the coach said his runners will get a minimum of at least six practices in.
“We encourage them to try and make every effort to be at practice over break, but if they can’t they have to get out on their own and run. It’s hard to keep them in a regular routine so we do the best we can. A lot of it rests on the individual athlete; they have to be self-disciplined,” he said.
In the 500 meter run, West Stokes freshman Erin Duke placed fourth with a time of 1:27.58 and Kaitlyn Stone finished fifth. Stone also went on to place second in the 1000 and 1600 meter.
The Lady Wildcats 4×200 relay team made up of Duke, Rebecca Fisher-Tringle, Chancey Gunnell, and Madison Woods finished in fifth place.
Senior Josh Adkins came in a close second to North Stokes Durham in the 1600 meter and placed third in the 1000.
Jacob Wagoner finished third in the shot put.
In the 15 events scored, North Stokes ladies placed fifth overall and West Stokes sixth. North’s men came in fifth, and West Stokes eighth.
Women: 1) Ragsdale 154, 2) Page 90, 3) Alexander Central 85, 4) Davie County 73, 5) North Stokes 50, 6) West Stokes 42, 7) Watauga 35, 8) Patrick County 33, 9) West Davidson 13
Men: 1) Ragsdale 119, 2) Davie County 105.50, 3) Page 102.50, 4) Alexander Central 94, 5) North Stokes 49, 6) Watauga 37, 6) Patrick County 37, 8) West Stokes 33
For a full list of results visit http://nc.milesplit.com/.
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.