GREENSBORO Mallard Creek’s Quashawn Cunningham and Myers Park’s Bryanna Hames both saved their best for last.
Cunningham won two individual events and had a hand in a third event win for the Mavericks, while Hames shattered a state record in the girls discus during Saturday’s NCHSAA 4A state track championships.
Cunningham, a senior who has committed to run track at N.C. State next year, swept the 100- and 200-meter dash events, and ran the anchor leg on Mallard Creek’s winning 4x100-meter relay team.
“I've been thinking about this meet since last Sunday,” said Cunningham, who also won the 55-meter dash at the 4A state indoor track championships last February. “I wanted to leave it all on the track, and end things on a good note going into college.”
Hames, a senior who has committed to Elon, won her first discus title with a throw of 159 feet, 1 inch. That eclipsed the former state all-classifications record of 155-3, set by four-time state champ Kamorean Hayes of Harding in 2006.
“I've done better than that in practice, and even in a meet,” said Hames, whose personal best of 159-5 came six weeks ago. “Coming in, I really wanted to break that state record, and being able to do that is so exciting.
“This week’s been a little hectic because of exams … but I knew what I was doing. I'm still waiting to get to 160 (feet) and 170 (feet), but I’ve got the whole summer season ahead of me.”
In all, Observer-area schools won six events at Saturday’s 4A championships, held at North Carolina A&T’s Irwin Belk Track. In addition, Mallard Creek’s Alycia Springs led a Mecklenburg County 1-2-3 sweep in the girls’ shot put, while Butler won the boys 4x200-meter relay.
Springs, who also won the girls’ shot put title at the 4A state indoor meet, won her first outdoor title with a toss of 44-11, beating Berry’s Mohogany Baker by six inches (44-5). Olympic’s Khayla Dawson was third.
Butler won its boys’ 4x200 relay title in one of the closest finishes at Saturday's 4A state meet, edging Richmond Senior by 0.03 seconds. The Bulldogs ran the event in 1:26.14 to 1:26.17 for Richmond.
Mallard Creek’s boys went on to finish third in the team standings with 45 points. Mount Tabor won its third state title and first since posting back-to-back wins in 2001-2002, beating out Apex by six points (63-57).
Mount Tabor’s Ian Milder was named the meet’s most outstanding boys athlete after he won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs, and ran the anchor leg on the winning 4x800-meter relay team.
On the girls side, Winston-Salem Parkland – led by most outstanding athlete Katlin Sherman – won its first-ever state team title by 38 points over Raleigh Wakefield (89-51). Asheville’s T.C. Roberson was third with 48 points.
Sherman won the girls 100- and 200-meter dashes, and ran the anchor legs on winning 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams that both set state meet records.
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