North, South and West Stokes each participated in the NCHSAA Midwest Regionals on Saturday. The Vikings recorded the most athletes with eight advancing to the state 1A track meet in Greensboro on Friday, while the Sauras added five. The Wildcats advanced five as well, but for the 2A competition on Saturday.
North’s 4×800 relay team of Abigail Hemric, Rachel Overby, Skylar Murray, and Emma Stanberry won the regional race with a time of 10:54.73. Sheppard won two individual events with a first place finish in the pole vault with a jump of 9-6 and the discus throw with a distance of 98-7.
Hemric fared well in the 3200 meter run with a second place finish and a time of 12:44.55 and then placed third in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:55.36. Josie Stanberry finished second behind teammate Sheppard in the discus throw at 97-3.
Jacob McGee, the Northwest 1A runner of the year, and Eligah France were the only males to advance for the Vikings. McGee placed second in the 1600 meter run, while France placed fourth in the discus throw with a distance of 116-8.
The Sauras qualified five team members for the 1A competition on Friday as well. Nimai Browning finished as the regional champion in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 15.43, while Bryson Autry placed second in the pole vault with a jump of 10-6. Elijah Dunn placed third in the discus throw and Austin Harger was third in the pole vault. P.J. Samuels was the last athlete to make the state field with a fourth place finish in the long jump with a distance of 18-5.75.
West Stokes Erin Duke won the 2A Midwest Regional in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:23.64. The girls 4×800 relay team of Duke, Sydney Cockerham, Caroline Pulliam, and Hunter Jackson finished second on Saturday in Dobson. Cockerham also placed third in the 400 meter dash, while Dustin Blevins was the only male to qualify for the state meet. He finished third in the triple jump and fourth in the long jump.
North Stokes girls finished as 1A Midwest Regional runners-up with a team score of 60. South Stokes boys’ team placed fifth and North Stokes 12th. Mount Airy won the girls regional with Albemarle securing the boys. West Stokes girls were eighth, while the boys came in 16th place.
Both North and South Stokes will travel to N.C. A&T University on Friday to participate in the NCHSAA 1A state meet, while West Stokes will go on Saturday.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.