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All-Observer Girls’ Track and Field

By Brett Honeycutt
Correspondent

West Mecklenburg’s Alvonna Blakney didn’t win a state title, but she was the most versatile runner in the Observer’s coverage area, competing on various sprint relays and dominating the area in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles.

However, Rock Hill Northwestern’s Julia Tindall did win a state title, taking the S.C. 4A high jump crown and tying for the second-best jump in the Carolinas with a leap of 5 feet, 8 inches.

For their efforts, Blakney is this year’s All-Observer girls’ track and field runner of the year and Tindall is the All-Observer girls’ field event athlete of the year.

Blakney’s range was one of the best in the area, consistently placing among the state’s best from the 100 meters to the 400 and in both hurdle races, including running the fifth-best time in N.C. history in the 300 hurdles (42.96 seconds).

• Monroe’s Nichole Jackson is the All-Observer girls’ coach of the year and doubles as the girls’ All-Region coach of the year after leading her team to the N.C. 1A championship, the school’s first girls’ state track and field title.

• Blakney doubles as Mecklenburg’s girls’ runner of the year and Providence Day’s Dacia Thompson is Mecklenburg’s girls’ field event athlete of the year after finishing runner-up at the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A championships. West Mecklenburg’s Sam Willoughby and Alvin Blakney are Mecklenburg’s co-coaches of the year.

• Tindall doubles as the All-Region girls’ field event athlete of the year and Jackson doubles as the All-Region girls’ coach of the year. The All-Region girls’ runner of the year will be shared by Watauga’s Darby Middlebrook and Monroe’s Janieyah Collins. Middlebrook was one of the state’s best distance runners, from 800 to 3,200, and Collins, like Blakney, was one of the state’s best in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, finishing behind Blakney’s performances in both events.

First Team

100: Sabrina Moore, North Mecklenburg, Jr. – N.C. 4A West Regional champ and third at the N.C. 4A championships. Had area’s best time of 11.79.

200: Sabrina Moore, North Mecklenburg, Jr. – Won the Oregon Relays, N.C. 4A West Regional and had area’s best time of 24.41.

400: Justice Briscoe, Mallard Creek, Jr. – Had area’s best time (56.81), was fourth at N.C. 4A championships and won I-Meck 4A title.

800: Gina Daniel, Providence, Jr. – Had area’s best performance (2 minutes, 16.50 seconds) and area’s highest finish (fourth) at N.C. 4A championships.

1,600: Malia Ellington, Community School of Davidson, Fresh. – Had area’s best performance (4:56.80).

3,200: Kaitlyn Kramer, Ardrey Kell, Sr., and Sydney Foreman, Ardrey Kell, Soph. – Kramer had the better time, but only slightly (10:40.13 to 10:43.90) as the two traded wins over each other in six big meets. They rank 10th and 11th all-time in N.C. history.

110 High Hurdles: Alvonna Blakney, West Mecklenburg, Sr. – Third at the N.C. 4A championships and third-fastest in the Carolinas with a best of 13.93.

300 Intermediate Hurdles: Alvonna Blakney, West Mecklenburg, Sr. – N.C. 4A championship runner-up and fifth-best performance (42.96) in N.C. history.

400 Relay: West Mecklenburg (Alvonna Blakney, Sr.; Noel Tapper, Jr.; Michaela Williams, Sr.; Naya Tapper, Sr.) – Third at N.C. 4A championships but had second-best time (47.18) in the Carolinas.

800 Relay: Monroe (Reneazia Collins, Soph.; Kendall Cox, Jr.; Simone Gwehi, Soph.; Janieyah Collins, Sr.), 1:41.30 – N.C. 1A champions breezed to state title by more than two seconds.

1,600 Relay: Myers Park (Julia Hoover, Sr.; Maggie Fryling, Jr.; Jonah Edwards, Soph.; Anna Gelbach, Sr.) – Had second-best time (3:53.68) in the Carolinas and was runner-up at the N.C. 4A championships.

3,200 Relay: Watauga (Anna Shultz-Coulon, Jr.; Hailey Middlebrook, Sr.; Julia Roberts, Sr.; Darby Middlebrook, Jr.) – Third at N.C. 4A championships and had the third-best time (9:15.59) in the Carolinas.

Long Jump: Cheyenne Hutchinson, Hopewell, Sr. – The area’s most consistent jumper with a best of 18 feet, 2 inches.

Triple Jump: Jamie Glenn, Monroe, Sr. – N.C. 1A champion had area’s best jump (38-9) and was seventh-best in the Carolinas, regardless of classification.

High Jump: Julisa Tindall, Rock Hill Northwestern, Jr. –S.C. 4A champion tied for second-best jump in the Carolinas.

Pole Vault: Sarah Fell, Marvin Ridge, Sr. – N.C. 3A Midwest Regional champ had area’s best vault at 11-3.

Shot Put: Dacia Thompson, Providence Day, Sr. – N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A runner-up had area’s best put at 38-8.

Discus: India McWhorter, Alexander Central, Jr. – Had area’s best throw (130-11) and fourth-best overall in North Carolina.

Second Team

100: Tori Elliott, Cox Mill, Sr., 12.06; 200: Justice Briscoe, Mallard Creek, Jr., 24.86; 400: Jaleesa Smoot, Salisbury, Fr., 57.01; 800: Darby Middlebrook, Watauga, Jr., 2:17.67, and Madelin Talbert, South Mecklenburg, Sr., 2:18.14; 1,600: Darby Middlebrook, Watauga, Jr., 4:58.40; Kaitlyn Kramer, Ardrey Kell, Sr., 4:59.80; 3,200: Darby Middlebrook, Watauga, Jr., 10:47.42; 100 Hurdles: Cheyenne Hutchinson, Hopewell, Sr., 14.09; 300 Hurdles: Janieyah Collins, Monroe, Sr., 43.86; 400 Relay: Butler (Alexis Davis, So.; Felicia McCarthy, Jr.; Maxine Glenn, Fr.; Breanna Lee, Jr.) 48.33; 800 Relay: West Mecklenburg (Michaela Williams, Sr.; Alvonna Blakney, Sr.; Naya Tapper, Sr.; Noel Tapper, Jr.), 1:41.15; 1,600 Relay: West Mecklenburg (Alvonna Blakney, Sr.; Michaela Williams, Sr.; Toni Torn, Jr.; Noel Tapper, Jr.), 3:55.89; 3,200 Relay: Ardrey Kell (Kaitlyn Kramer, Sr.; Samantha Teague, Jr.; Abby Brooks, Sr.; Sydney Foreman, Soph.), 9:21.89; Long Jump: Teaunna Cuthbertson, North Rowan, Sr., 18-2; Triple Jump: Alexis Davis, Butler, Soph., 37-5.5; Julisa Tindall, Northwestern, Jr., 37-5; Jackie Reed, North Gaston, Sr., 37-2; High Jump: LaTrondra Murrow, Harding, Sr., 5-6; Pole Vault: Elizabeth Rodes, Mooresville, Sr., 11-0; Shot Put: India McWhorter, Alexander Central, Jr., 37-10; Discus: Danielle Dease, Vance, Jr., 121-0; Bryanna Hames, Myers Park, So., 120-3.

All-Observer girls’ coach of the year: Nichole Jackson, Monroe

All-Observer girls’ runner of the year: Alvonna Blakney, West Mecklenburg

All-Observer girls’ field event athlete of the year: Julisa Tindall, Rock Hill Northwestern

All-Mecklenburg girls’ coach of the year: Sam Willoughby and Alvin Blakney, West Mecklenburg

All-Mecklenburg girls’ runner of the year: Alvonna Blakney, West Mecklenburg

All-Mecklenburg girls’ field event athlete of the year: Dacia Thompson, Providence Day

All-Region girls’ coach of the year: Nichole Jackson, Monroe

All-Region girls’ runner of the year: Darby Middlebrook, Watauga, and Janieyah Collins, Monroe

All-Region girls’ field event athlete of the year: Julisa Tindall, Rock Hill Northwestern

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