Asheboro triple jumper takes third at state meet

Senior Arianna Lovingood-Smith of Asheboro claimed third place in the Class 3-A girls’ triple jump in the indoor track and field state championships Saturday at the JDL Fast Track Indoor Facility in Winston-Salem.

Lovingood-Smith had a mark of 34 feet, 10 inches.

Cramer’s Alexis Willis won the event with an effort of 37-10, while Lovingwood-Smith was just 2 inches off the mark from runner-up Gisele Dulnuan-Kersey of Franklinton.

On Friday in Class 1-A/2-A, Randleman had two solid finishes in the girls’ shot put.

Iniyah Mitchell was fifth in 31-5¾ and Kyle Vaughn placed seventh at 30-1.

In the boys’ 55-meter hurdles, Chris Gentry of Randleman was seventh in 8.82.


At Cary, senior Spencer Hall of Wheatmore placed third in the boys’ 100-yard butterfly in 53.51 seconds and fifth in the 50 freestyle in 22.11 seconds in the Class 1-A/2-A portion of the state meet at Triangle Aquatic Center.

The Wheatmore 400 freestyle relay of Hall, Porter Grims, Thomas Crews and Jude Leonard was 19th in the preliminaries in 3:57.47.

Also in Class 1-A/2-A, freshman Sydney Hall of Wheatmore missed a spot in the girls’ 100 butterfly final by one position. Her time of 1:07.30 was the 17th-best mark in the preliminaries. She also competed in the 200 freestyle, ending up 21st (2:15.25).

In Class 3-A, Asheboro freshman Maci Columbia notched an eighth-place finish in the girls’ 100 breaststroke in 1:15.59. Columbia was 12th in the 500 freestyle in 5:32.35.

Columbia also was part of Asheboro’s 400 freestyle relay, which was 17th (4:21.00). She was joined by Madison Burnette, Fiona Wolfe-Roberts and Sara Cornelison.

By Randolph Record