Athletes in and around Alamance County claim 7 state track and field championships; Cummings girls and boys finish top of the team
GREENSBORO – The odds stacked against them in terms of shear numbers, a Friday night phone call between two Cummings High School female track and field athletes provided a glimpse of the big task the Cavaliers were looking to accomplish in NCHSAA Class 2 the next day. -A state championship.
Over the phone, senior Kendall Jordan and junior Tamesia Pinnix explained what they were prepared to try to achieve in order to stand a chance of winning the Cavaliers’ fourth state team track and field championship.
“We were on the phone last night, talking about how we needed to go to 1, 2 in each event if we were to win the state championship,” said Jordan, a Kentucky signatory. “Tamesia did her best. She did what she had to do. She behaved very well. Being a junior, facing seniors, more experienced girls, especially for her second year of running. Tamesia, she definitely did her part, and I really appreciate her.
Jordan and Pinnix finished first and second in the long jump, triple jump and 100-meter hurdles, respectively, to propel the Cavaliers girls to a second team at Truist Stadium in NC A&T.
Cummings finished with 64 points to finish just behind North Lincoln’s 69.
After the day’s test, the mountain the shorthanded riders attempted to climb became more apparent as both teams stepped onto the podium to receive their medals. The Cummings team of Jordan, Pinnix and Iysis Martinez, along with their coaches, had plenty of room to maneuver on the podium. Meanwhile, a team of about 20 athletes devoured the podium when North Lincoln received their gold medals.
“We just ran out of balls,” Cummings coach Donnie Davis said. “You couldn’t ask for more than that. We came first and second in three of the events and it takes a lot from them. They delivered. I am really happy.
In the long jump, Jordan scored a mark of 17 feet, 10½ inches while Pinnix jumped 17-9½.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Pinnix said. “I knew we could do it. It just prompted us to do more because we knew we didn’t have a lot of girls.
On the triple jump, Jordan reached 38-4 and Pinnix 37-9.
In the 100 hurdles, Jordan clocked 14.03 seconds and Pinnix crossed the finish line at 14.35.
Jordan also won the 300 hurdles (44.22) to finish a perfect four-on-four and earn top performer honors in his last state championship meeting.
Later in the day’s events, Jordan started shedding tears in the infield after realizing she had completely emptied the tank.
“I wanted to aim for the (state) record for the triple jump, but when it was time for me to jump and prepare to break the record, I was so tired and race-beaten,” Jordan said. “From the long jump, from the straight long jump to the hurdles to go back to the long jump to the triple jump, to the preliminaries, then straight back to the 300. That 300 really got me out.”
Pinnix placed 10th in the 100 (12.80).
Iysis Martinez took 10th place in the 100m hurdles (17.57).
“Honestly, I expected us to finish first,” Jordan said. “And, I really wish we had finished first, but with only three girls, two juniors and me as a senior, it felt like we had done what we could do. It was not worthy of the first place, but it was certainly worthy of some recognition.
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Eastern Randolph’s Amya Brooks (33-7½) was seventh in the triple jump.
Class 3-A boys
After attempting to pass Spencer Hampton of Orange several times in the 3200, patience and determination paid off for Williams High School’s Ryan Motondo, who was crowned 3200-meter state champion, finishing the race in 9:22.50.
“This is the second, I’m excited,” said Motondo, who won the NCHSAA Class 3-A State Championship for cross country in January. “I had a draft and it didn’t work out, so I improvised.”
In the final 100 meters, Motondo flew over Hampton, after the two had passed the final laps as two clear leaders.
“I tried to pass him six or seven times and he responded every time,” Motondo said. “So I think in the last lap I tried to go a total probably two or three times. Once I tried to pass him on the turn over there, he answered me and tried to push me out, so at that point I was like, “Okay, we probably surprised everyone with the sound. ”So I just waited behind him.
Earlier in the afternoon, Motondo abandoned the 1,600 meters after about half a lap in order to save himself for the 3,200.
“I think the result of the two mile definitely had more potential than the mile,” said Motondo. “So I was like, ‘It will be worth it if I save and wait. “There is no point in spending energy when the result could be much better later.
Andrew Parker of Eastern Alamance was 11th in 1600 (4: 42.06).
Josh Murray of Eastern Alamance was 15th in the 100 (11.59).
David Bunker of Eastern Alamance was 13th in long jump (19-11½) and triple jump (39-7¼).
Eastern Guilford’s 400 relay finished in seventh place (43.87).
Cuthbertson won the tag team title with 80 points, followed by Matthews Weddington (70) and Winston-Salem Mt. Thabor (63).
Class 3-A girls
Zariyah Black of Eastern Guilford was the 100-meter hurdles champion, crossing the finish line in 14.51.
Black was third in the 100 (12.28) and fourth in the 200 (25.20).
Sanaa Ratcliffe of Eastern Alamance was fifth in long jump (17-8) and sixth in 100 (12.78).
Nia Hester of Eastern Alamance was seventh in the long jump (17-3½) and ninth in the triple jump (34-11).
Rebecca Alston of Eastern Alamance was 10th in the discus throw (99-5).
Cuthbertson won the tag team title with 90½ points, followed by Matthews Weddington (71) and Waxhaw Marvin Ridge (65).
Class 2-A boys
Cummings surpassed expectations to finish third in the team standings with 47 points.
Christian Gore was second in the 300 hurdles (40.35), ninth in the 110 hurdles (16.22), 10th in the 200 (23.42)
Freshman Jonathan Paylor was third in 100 (11.09), fourth in 400 (51.08), fifth in 200 (22.56)
Noah Poteat was second in the long jump (20-5), sixth in the triple jump (41-4) and eighth in the 300 hurdles (42.42)
Dylantae James was fifth in the 110 hurdles (15.91). Aazon Timmons was sixth in the event (15.98).
Jaylen Haith was 12th in the shot put (41-1¼).
The Cavaliers placed fourth in the 400 relay (43.87).
North Lincoln finished first with 66 points while Lake Norman Charter (60) finished second.
Eastern Randolph’s Donavan Lara won the high jump with a jump of 6-8. He finished 11th in the triple jump (39-6¾).
Eastern Randolph was 11th in the 800 relay (1: 34.12).
Justin Scott of Bartlett Yancey was 13th in the shot put (40-5¼).
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