Weddington girls, Marvin Ridge boys place fourth at state track and field meet

The Weddington girls relay teams came up big at the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A state meet on May 17, held at N.C. A&T University in Greensboro.

The Warriors’ 4×100 team of Courtney Blanden, Cyan Mercer, Tracey Weeks and Maria Sanchez blazed the track in 49 seconds for a first-place finish while the 4×200, 4×400 and 4×800 teams all finished in the top six, helping to lead Weddington to a fourth-place finish with 35 points. Western Alamance won the meet with 56 points while A.C. Reynolds took silver (50) and Westover placed third
(36).

The Marvin Ridge girls team finished in eighth place and Cuthbertson finished in ninth, led by state champions Nikolete Hurrinus (400 meter, 56.98) and Liz Wood (pole vault, 11 feet, 6 inches).

The Mavericks’ boys team totaled 34 points, which was good enough for fourth place at the meet. The Mavs finished behind Terry Sanford (58), Asheville (53) and Northeast Guilford (40). Piedmont finished in 13th place (20) and Sun Valley took 17th (15).

Christopher Garrick and Jonathan Marino were the two state champions for the Mavs as Garrick won the high jump (6-08) and Marino took the long jump (22-08). Piedmont’s Ty Jaye Robbins dominated the 400 on his way to a gold medal, breaking the 3A state record (47.49) and also anchoring the state champion 4×400 team alongside Ray Haigler, Justin Hartis and William Baynard (3:24.13).

At the NCHSAA 4A meet, which was held at the same time as the 3A event, Porter Ridge’s Ryan Hastings capped off his track and field career with a silver finish in the 800, running in 1 minute, 53.03 seconds. Teammate Yanick Mendez finished eighth in the discus, throwing 138 feet and seven
inches.

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