Vikings track stay on pace

By Amanda Dodson -

“I think they did very well coming off of spring break practice,” said North’s ladies track and field coach Rodney King.

North Stokes girls finished in second place behind Mount Airy and the boy’s team placed third overall out of 18 events.

The coaches used the meet to put several of their strong performers in different events to get in speed work, according to King.

“In track the meets that really count are conference, regionals, and states so a lot of times in these weekday meets we’ll mix things up a lot to give some of our top athletes a chance to compete in some events they don’t usually get to run,” King said.

Emma Frye only competed in one of her key events, the triple jump and won.

Lauren Collins took a try in the 800 meter run and placed fourth.

The coach praised newcomer Karley Jessup who finished in second behind Mount Airy’s Jo Snow, a top contender in the state.

“Most of the girls who ran the 800 for us PR’d,” he said.

Senior Megan Condon had a 99-foot throw in the discus which placed her at the top of the Northwest 1A Conference.

Hailey Shepard and Autumn Knight PR’d in the pole vault and Shepard also set a PR in the shot increasing her best throw by over three feet.

“Right now they are right where we want them to be,” King said. “We have about three weeks left until conference which gives us plenty of time to zero them in. These girls are giving their all in practice and they want to keep their conference title streak going.”

On the boy’s side Dawson Durham placed second in the 800 meter run and Jacob McGee fourth.

Zach Chesnet won the 300 hurdles. Austin Pruitt came in second place in the high jump and Josh McQuinn third. The Vikings swept the pole vault with Laith Nickell taking top honors, Mark Tucker second, Chesnet third and Daniel Brown fourth.

Ross Lucia won the shot put and finished second in discus throw. Brandon Boyles finished second in discus and third in shot.

North Stokes men’s Regional qualifiers are: Tucker, Chesnet, and Nickell in pole vault, Durham in the 1600 and 3200, McGee in 1600 and 3200, Lucia in the shot and discus, Pruitt and McQuinn in the high jump.

“They have all hit the qualifying standard in there events, but there are several others who may get in,” King noted.

Final overall results for ladies: Mount Airy (94), North Stokes (89), Atkins (44), Galax, VA, (5).

Boys: Mount Airy (83), Atkins (70), North Stokes (63), Galax, VA (51).

Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.

By Amanda Dodson