ND’s 1600 relay secures win

Published 10:38 am Thursday, April 28, 2016

Last week’s county track meet was seized by North Davie, the Wildcats winning the girls’ and boys’ competitions on April 20 at Ellis.

It was not close on the boys’ side, North scoring 87 points to Ellis’ 52 and South Davie’s 17.

Anthony Deters (long jump, triple jump), Matt Hill (110 hurdles, 165 hurdles) and Adrian Cranfill (100, 200) picked up two first places each for North, including Cranfill’s school-record 24.06 in the 200. Alex Myers added a win in the discus. The 800 and 1600 relays resulted in North victories. Noah Bohannon, Logan Ballou-Tomel, Bryan Rodriguez and Josh Robinson won the 800 relay, while Hill, Ballou-Tomel, Channing Glenn and Deters won the 1600.

Finishing second for North were Jared Simpson (discus), Ballou-Tomel (long jump), Bohannon (triple jump), Isaiah Cuthrell (high jump), Ulises Navarro (165 hurdles) and Nate Brooks (800).

In the girls’ meet, only 13 points separated first place and last place. North had 57, South 54 and Ellis 44.

“The girls’ meet was a fight to the end,” North coach Don Tabat said. “It came down to the last event (1600 relay).”

Grace Masencup was her usual self, winning two events (high jump, 100 hurdles). The heroes at the end of the day were the 1600 relay members. Mikayla Correll, Kerigan Zaferatos, Blakely Freeman and Payton Groover secured the team win with a first-place time of 5:05.93.

McKenna Carter (discus, 100 hurdles) and Hayley Lyons (100, 200) had two second places each for North. Masencup (165 hurdles), Groover (long jump) and Grace Hurst (1600) were also second. Two North relays took second – Correll, Madalene DeCanio, Freeman and Regan Shoemaker in the 800 and Carter, Mia Foster, Freeman and Lyons in the 400.

Ellis’ second-place boys received winning performances from Dakota Hutchins (800 in school-record 2:44.94), Jonas Frank (high jump), Garret Price (800), Isaiah Saunders (400) and Zach Moore (mile in school-record 5:09).

Finishing second for Ellis were Saunders (shot put), Moore (110 hurdles), Price (mile), Logan Ashby (400), Frank (200) and three relays – Aidan Payne, Dominic Sutton, Michael Beaty and Josh Sutton in the 800; D. Sutton, Rhod Collins, Tyler Ruble and Beaty in the 400; and Ashby, J. Sutton, Price and Payne in the 1600.

The Ellis girls, who finished last but only 10 points behind South and 13 back of North, watched McKenzie Stakely jump to two wins (long jump and triple jump). Emerson Frantz (mile) and Najla Ijames (165 hurdles) also triumphed. Adding runner-ups were Savannah Alberty (shot put) and Chhaya Scott (400).