“I couldn’t be happier with how this year has ended. It’s definitely been bittersweet, but I couldn’t ask for a better race to end the season with,” said West Stokes senior Kaitlyn Stone after winning a state title in the 3200 meter run at the NCHSAA State Championships for Track & Field at NC A&T State University.
Despite more than 2.5 hours of a lightning delay the senior also finished with a time of 10:53.80, beating the old 2A record of 11:12.28.
“In a way the rain delay was a blessing,” she said. “I had been so insanely nervous going into the race initially, and those two hours sitting with friends and being able to just relax with some teammates really helped me calm down.”
Stones credits coach Benji Knox for helping her achieve the goal she set out to do.
“He’s pushed and motivated me so much this year and given me everything I need to succeed. I’ve been so blessed to have him as a coach and mentor these last four years.”
Josh Adkins finished in the fourth place in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:58.87. Chancey Gunnell came in the fifth in the ladies 400 meter and Josh Goad 11th in the discus throw.
In the high jump, South Stokes Sydney Combs set a PR and tied for second place in the 2A state division.
“She’s done really well,” said coach Kyle Woods. “She came in with some back issues so she couldn’t do a lot to begin with, but I think today she realized what she’s capable of.”
Senior Keelan Goodwin, who’s excelled throughout the season, came in fourth place in the 110 hurdles and high jump, sixth in long jump and seventh in triple jump.
“He’s been a real leader for the program. It gives everyone something to strive for when you see the success of others. He, Matt Mudd, and Kenneth Thomas have really worked to push each other,” the coach said.
Mudd came in 11th in the 400 meter and 15th in long jump. Thomas continued to push himself throughout the season and placed 13th in the 300 hurdles. In the discus throw, Matt Patane finished in 9th place.
“It’s been a great season. We were successful finishing as runners up in the regionals. I hope the kids take from it that hard work pays off and I hope they had fun overall,” Woods said.
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