Asheboro, Providence Grove girls, Randleman boys claim league track titles

Asheboro boys’ track and field coach DeNeal McNair’s team had a strong showing in the Mid-Piedmont Conference championships. (Bob Sutton/Randolph Record)

TROY – Asheboro’s girls’ track and field team won the Mid-Piedmont Conference championship in a tight competition with Oak Grove last week.

The Blue Comets racked up 133 points to Oak Grove’s 129, followed by host Montgomery Central (105), North Davidson (82), Central Davidson (63) and Ledford (42).

Jalaya Showers led Asheboro by winning the 100 (12.43 seconds), 200 (25.28) and long jump (15 feet, 9½ inches).

Asheboro’s Lia George and Rebecca Wilson placed first and second, respectively in the high jump, both with leaps of 4-10.

Asheboro’s other individual winner was Nyla Price (100 hurdles, 16.94 seconds), while she was third in the 300 hurdles (53.69).

The Blue Comets also captured the 400 relay (52.60) and 800 relay.

** In boys’ competition, Lance Everhart of Asheboro won three events for the second-place Blue Comets.

Everhart was high jump winner, though teammate Elijah Woodle matched his best attempt at 6-2. Everhart had winning marks in the long jump (20-5½) and pole vault (12-0).

Asheboro’s Valentino Mark was a two-time winner on the track, winning the 100 (10.88) and 200 (22.36) and participating on the winning 400 relay (43.57). He placed second in the triple jump (41-10).

Kai Matthews was the runner-up in the 400 (52.76) and ended third in the long jump (20-2½). Third-place spots went to Woodle in the 100 (11.16), Dakarius Alston in the 300 hurdles (43.66) and Aaron Tyson in the pole vault (10-6).

The Blue Comets also were first in the 1,600 relay (3:37.43).

Asheboro’s 150 points ranked second behind Oak Grove’s 170. The rest of the scores were Montgomery Central (103), Central Davidson (60), Ledford (41) and North Davidson (30).

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Providence Grove’s girls and Randleman’s boys were team titlists in the league championship meet at Wheatmore.

Providence Grove’s Jensen Auman won three individual events and was part of one of the Patriots’ three champion relays, while Randleman’s Gracie Beane was a four-event champion on the girls’ side.

Providence Grove had 115 points to Southwestern Randolph’s 105½, followed by Randleman at 94½, Wheatmore at 81, Trinity at 799 and Eastern Randolph at 34.

The Patriots had success in relays, with the 3,200 group of Lauren Bernhardt, Aaliyah Burpee, Abbey Lewis and Auman in 11:57.48, the 800 unit of Aubrey Goodman, Kenzi Mundy, Karis Ferguson and Mailey Way in 2:02.63 and 1,600 contingent of Bernhardt, Reese Davis, Mundy and Lewis in 4:52.13 all winning.

Auman handled the distance events – 800 (2:38.58), 1,600 (5:57.79) and 3,200 (15:17.87). Haylee Sodlink added first place for Providence Grove in the 100 hurdles (18.90).

Beane’s titles came in the 200 (27.69), high jump (5-0), long jump (15-7) and triple jump (34-6).

Southwestern Randolph’s Kiersten Litell had a strong meet, winning the 100 (13.57) and 300 hurdles (56.13) and placing fourth in the 200. Teammate Coley Shiflet was first in the 400 (1:03.65).

Southwestern Randolph used Ay-Janai Doggett, Jordin George, Zuyanah Crawford and Litell to win the 400 relay in 54.48 seconds.

Eastern Randolph’s Mirianna Corea (discus, 103-9) and Trinity’s Kensley Fox (shot put, 30-9) were the top throwers. They were runners—up in the events they didn’t win.

** Randleman blew out the boys’ field with 219 points, while runner-up Wheatmore had 98 and Providence Grove posted 91. Trinity (71), Southwestern Randolph (30) and Eastern Randolph (24) rounded out the field.

Randleman’s Chase Farlow won the high jump (6-4) and long jump (20-7) and placed second in the triple jump behind teammate Amari Ferdna (4-15). Ty Moton of the Tigers had huge advantages in winning the shot put (43-7) and discus (122-10).

Other Randleman winners were Bryson Nall in the 400 (54.61), Triston Chriscoe in the 110 hurdles (15.22) and Jay Richards in the pole vault (10-0).

Providence Grove’s Nick Jennings was the 100 winner in 11.68 seconds and teammate Christian Swaim won the 300 hurdles in 43.24, barely ahead of Richards (43.26).

Wheatmore’s Zach Hazelwood cruised in the 1,600 (5:02.96) and 3,200 (11:10.52). Dakota Ludwick of the Warriors won the 200 (23.71). Wheatmore’s Daylin Ludwick, Danny Craig, Sa’Cory Maryland and Devonte Jenkins won the 800 relay in 1:36.27.

Trinity’s lone individual champion was Giovanni Jaimes in the 800 (2:13.58).

Trinity won the 800 relay with Riley Foster, Tommy Smithers, Mitchell Mann-Pulido and Jaimes in 9:25.23. The Bulldogs also won the 1,600 relay in 3:49.06 with Foster, Memphis Cap, Andrew Cox and Jaimes.

By Randolph Record