Vikings set new PR’s at meet

By Amanda Dodson -

Senior Laith Nickell prepares to jump in the pole vault event.

Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

Twelve North Stokes athletes set personal best records Friday at JDL Fast Track in Winston Salem. Jacob McGee PR’d in the 1600 and 3200 meter run and Junior Fulks in the 1600 and 300.

“They were standouts this week. Jacob has been battling through some pain in practice over the past month and he got better and showed up. Junior has been working hard. He never lets up in practice,” said North’s coach Rodney King.

McGee made his mark on the Vikings program at a young age. As a freshman, he’s already broken the school record in the 1600 and 3200 meter run.

Other standouts who set personal records at Friday’s meet were Brandy Bolens in the 1000 meter run, Brandon Boyles in shot put, Daniel Brown in the 300 meter run, Morgan Cone in the 1600, Nicholas Delp 1600 meter and 300, Emma Frye 55 hurdles, Autumn Knight long jump, Isaac Mabe shot put, Tristyn Mobley shot put, Michael Overstreet shot put, and Madison Sexton in the 500 meter run.

“Being the first meet back since Christmas break many did very well. I took six athletes to the JDL Mini Meet last Friday. These were the six who had qualified for states or who are close to qualifying. I wanted them to see how much a two-week break affected their training. They saw that, and this past week they worked hard and stepped things back up,” King said.

Sophomore Emma Frye finished first in the 55 meter hurdles, long jump, and triple jump.

“It was good to see Emma get her hurdle time back down,” the coach said.

The meet included athletes from all four classifications with North being the only 1A school there.

“Green Hope, Apex, North Lincoln are all distance powerhouses. Running against these bigger schools helps our athletes compete and push harder. When you compete against bigger and faster schools it helps you improve. I think we did pretty well competing against them,” King said.

Although Christmas break set the team back in training, the coach hopes the weather will cooperate to help his group finish the season strong.

“We have three meets left to qualify more athletes to the state meet and to improve times and distances for those already qualified,” King said.

The NCHSAA state meet is set for February 13 at JDL in Winston.

For a full list of results from Friday’s meet visit

Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.

Senior Laith Nickell prepares to jump in the pole vault event. Laith Nickell prepares to jump in the pole vault event. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

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