North Stokes track and field is prepping for another race to the state championships.
On Thursday, the Lady Vikings finished in first place and the boys a close second to Mount Airy.
“The girls are doing a tremendous job out there. We had a hard week of training before the meet which helped a lot of them improve their times, throws, and jumps,” said coach Rodney King.
In the 200 meter dash, Morgan Cone set a PR and finished in second place with a time of 28.86. In the 400, the sophomore ran her best time of the season and took third with 1:06.23.
“It was good to see Morgan return back to her old self. She’s been in a slump here lately due to an injury she got during the indoor season,” King said.
On the pole vault, North’s ladies swept the top three positions with Hailey Sheppard finishing first, Autumn Knight second, and Bailey Bollman third.
In the shot put, senior Megan Condon came in second with a 30-11 throw and Sheppard fifth at 26-02.
Condon raked in another second place in the discus (99-02) and Sheppard finished third (87-00).
“Our throwers and vaulters are improving with every meet which is going to help us later on in a few weeks. They’re working hard because they know we’re going to need their points in the last three meets of the season,” the coach said.
On the boy’s side, freshman Jacob McGee broke the 3200 meter school record running a 10:07.15, a time teammate Dawson Durham set a few weeks prior before heading into spring break.
“Jacob has really stepped up and become a leader,” King said. “He’s really setting the example for our guy’s team. He’s training hard and going at it in practice every day and he’s also putting some time in running on the weekends.”
McGee set a PR in the 1600 with a time of 4:46.09.
“Both he and Dawson are pushing each other running every day together in practice.”
According to www.ncmilesplit.com McGee is ranked number one in the state and Durham third in the 3200 meters for the 1A Classification.
Freshman Zach Chesnet won the 110 meter hurdles and 300 meter hurdles.
In the high jump, Austin Pruitt came in second and Josh McQuinn third.
North dominated the pole vault with Laith Nickell winning (13-00.), Chesnet coming in second (11-00.), Mark Tucker third (10-06.), and Daniel Brown fourth (9-00.).
Senior Ross Lucia, who’s currently ranked second in the state in the men’s shot and discus, won the shot put event and finished second in the discus throw.
Brandon Boyles came in fourth in the shot and discus throw.
“Ross and Brandon are also working hard,” King said.
Both Boyles and Lucia PR’d in discus on Thursday.
Final Overall results: Women – North Stokes (155), Mount Airy (114), Winston-Salem Prep (21), Atkins (14), and East Surry (10). Men – Mount Airy (133), North Stokes (123), East Surry (63), Atkins (25), and Winston-Salem Prep (13).
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