MINT HILL – Realignment worked out just right for Myers Park's girls and Butler's boys track teams.
After seeing last year's champions move to a new conference this year, the Mustangs and Bulldogs both came away with team titles at the Southwestern 4A championship meet Thursday at Rocky River High School.
Butler's boys won a meet-best six events and finished with 179.5 points, beating runner-up Independence by 21 points (158.5). East Mecklenburg was third with 85 points.
In the girls division, Myers Park dominated with a meet-high nine event victories, and finished with a 35-point edge over Butler (174-139). Independence was third with 121 points.
Butler's Christopher Hancock was named the meet's outstanding boys track athlete after he swept both the 100- and 200-meter dash events, setting a meet record in the 100. He was also one of three boys athletes to win in two events.
Caleb Walker of Independence won in the 110-meter hurdles and long jump, and shared the meet's boys outstanding field athlete award with Porter Ridge's Yanick Mendes, who won the shot put and finished second in the discus.
Independence's SunSera Williams earned the girls outstanding track athlete award after winning both the 200- and 400-meter dashes, and was one of four girls athletes to post wins in two events.
Myers Park's Bryanna Hames was named the meet's outstanding girls field athlete after she swept both the discus and shot put, winning both events for the third straight year.
Other double-event winners were Porter Ridge's Ryan Hastings (boys 400- and 800-meter runs), Myers Park's Elizabeth White (girls 100- and 300-meter hurdles), and Myers Park's Mary Prouty (girls 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs).
Other event winners in the boys division were Butler's Matthew Barrera (1,600), Independence's Ghyslain Sapu (300 hurdles), Myers Park's Tucker Smith (3,200), Rocky River's Deron Davis (triple jump), Butler's Jacob Clewis (pole vault), Butler's Alex Doherty (high jump), and Independence's Christopher Wade (discus).
In the girls division, other event winners were East Mecklenburg's Labria King (100), Myers Park's Abby Watkins (800), Independence's Lydajah McLead (triple jump), Butler's Krystal Rivers (high jump), and Butler's Jamice Wilson (long jump).
Relay wins in the boys division went to Butler (4x100-meter), Rocky River (4x200), Independence (4x400) and East Mecklenburg (4x800). In the girls division, Myers Park won both the 4x400 and 4x800 relays, while Rocky River won the 4x100 and East Mecklenburg the 4x200.
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