Polar Bear meet kicks off indoor track season
Erik Spencer Hill
Last week, North Stokes hosted its annual Polar Bear meet to kick off the indoor track season.
North Stokes, West Stokes, Davie, North Forsyth, West Wilkes, Patrick and Mount Airy were among the teams competing in the event.
North and West Stokes both grabbed top place finishes in the meet.
Vikings Head Coach Rodney King said that he was happy with the results of Polar Bear meet. “I feel all our track athletes did very well for the first meet,” he said.
Wildcats Head Coach Larry Weldon said that the Polar Bear meet is a good way to “gauge” where the team is at the start of the season. “I think we are about where we want to be,” he said. “Overall, I’m pretty happy.”
North Stokes Results
Tess Rogers and Shalynn Brown finished in the top 10 in the 300-meter dash. Rogers finished in second place in 47 seconds. Brown finished in eighth place in 53 seconds.
Rogers and Brown had success again in the 55-meter hurdles. Rogers finished in first place in just over 10 seconds. Brown finished just behind Rogers in third place in just over 11 seconds.
Friday night, Rogers, two time defending state 1A champion in the pole vault, qualified for the state meet with a 10-foot vault.
Mackanzie Lewellyn finished in second place in shot put with about a 27-foot throw.
Patrick Kopp finished in the top 10 in the 55-meter dash. Kopp finished in just under eight seconds. Alex York and Colin Anderson finished just outside the top 10 with times just over eight seconds.
Shepard Ottaway (seventh), Andy Kopp (eighth) and Alex York (10th) all finished in the top 10 in the 300-meter dash. Laith Nickell finished just outside the top 10 with a time just over 46 seconds.
Sean Condon, North Stokes’ distance specialist, finished in fourth place in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10 minutes, 44 seconds. James Hammonds finished just behind Condon with a time of 11 minutes, 13 seconds. Travis Sexton made his way into the top 10 with a time of 11 minutes, 45 seconds.
Ottaway finished in fourth place in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 9.6 seconds.
Jesse Bowen and Laith Nickell both finished in second and third place in the pole vault with vaults of 10 feet.
Four Vikings finished in the top five in shot put. Kaleb Marshall finished in second place with a 36-foot throw, followed by Tyler Cromer in third (33 feet), Austin Boyles in fourth (32 feet) and Nathaniel Southern in fifth (30 feet).
“We have a good talented crew of track athletes out there and all of them putting in the time this winter during indoor will pay dividends for outdoor,” Coach King said. “From the times our athletes ran, I feel we can qualify several for … state.”
West Stokes Results
The Wildcats did not compete in many events at last Friday’s meet, but several of the team’s runners took top place honors.
Fresh off the football field, Zane McGhee grabbed a first place finish in the 55-meter dash with a time of seven seconds. Brock Reynolds and Brandon Starnes finished in third and fifth place with times just a shave over seven seconds.
Jason Barber, 11th-place finisher in the state 2A cross country meet this past season, finished in first place in the 1,000-meter run with a time of two minutes, 54 seconds.
Coach Weldon said that these early winter events in the indoor track season are a good “learning experience” for runners. It gives a chance for previous football or soccer players to enter into “track mode” and gear up for the upcoming track season in the spring.
It’s early in the season, but Weldon said that he expects to get five or six runners to qualify for the state meet in February.
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