There’s a new state champion at North Stokes High School. Emma Frye took top honors in the triple jump at Friday’s 1A Track and Field Championships at NC A&T State University in Greensboro. The junior also went on to rake in third place in the 100 meter hurdles and long jump, and fifth in the 300 hurdles. Topping it off, at the end of the state meet Frye was awarded the sportsmanship award and helped lead the ladies team to a second place overall finish.
“I was so excited for her to win that state championship in the triple jump,” said Lady Vikings coach Rodney King. “She is one of the hardest working track athletes I’ve ever coached and is a joy to be around. I’m very happy for her and can’t wait to see what she is going to do her senior year.”
Frye PR’d in the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.08 and finished with a season best time in the 300 hurdles.
“I was very pleased at how our girls did at the state meet. Each girl that qualified scored points for the team and most ran their PRs for the season. We had one state champion, two state runner-ups, and several who finished in the top eight and scored points for us,” King said.
Sophomore Karley Jessup finished as a state runner up in the 800 meter, setting a new school record at 2:24.08.
Brandy Bolen, Lauren Collins, Jessup, and Morgan Cone finished fourth in the state and set a new school record in the 4X800 relay with a time of 10:18.
Senior Bailey Bollman finished as a state runner up in the pole vault, vaulting eight feet.
Megan Condon also had a season best in the discus with a 100’06” throw which helped her to finish in eighth place.
“I hope they take away that with all the hard work and training we put them through, it pays off at the end of the season. All those repeat intervals, all the miles, all the drills, and continuous throws and jumps, and all the pain is worth it just to stand on that podium and receive those state championship trophies,” King said.
The Lady Vikings are losing four seniors but have a core group of rising tenth and eleventh graders to contribute next season.
“I hope what they accomplished this year will motivate them for next year to strive to win the state title,” King said.
North Stokes boy’s team finished in a close second to Mount Airy.
Senior Ross Lucia led the Vikings by earning two second place finishes in shot put and discus throw. Laith Nickell came in second on the pole vault (12-06.00), Mark Tucker fourth, and Zach Chesnet fifth. In the 1600 meter run Dawson Durham finished third setting a PR of 4:34.84 and came in sixth in the two-mile with a PR of 10:10.72. Brandon Boyles came in fifth in the discus throw (126-08.00) and shot put (46-02.25). Freshman Jacob McGee finished seventh in the 3200 meter with a time of 10:15.13 and Austin Pruitt eighth in the high jump.
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