Eagles qualify individual, relay track standouts to states

(Left): Eastern Alamance senior hurdler Karisma Marte punched her ticket to Friday’s NCHSAA 3A state track and field championships by placing second in a pair of individual events at Saturday’s Mideast Regional meet in Sanford. Marte placed second in both the women’s 100 meter hurdles and 300 meter hurdles events. (Right): Caleb Baldwin qualified for the NCHSAA state finals in the 100 meters by placing third in the Mideast Regionals, as he recorded a time of 10.90 seconds.

Eastern Alamance senior women’s hurdling standout Karisma Marte placed second in two individual events at Saturday’s NCHSAA Mideast Regional track meet, which was held in Sanford on the campus of Southern Lee High School. Marte punched tickets to the upcoming NCHSAA 3A state track and field championships in both the 100 meter and 300 meter hurdle events. 

Marte recorded a time of 14.58 seconds in the women’s 100 meter hurdles finals, finishing ahead of everyone but Eastern Guilford’s Zariyah Black, who bested Marte with a time of 14.32 seconds. Both Marte and Black will represent the Mideast Region at the upcoming state finals. Marte’s time of 14,87 seconds in the preliminaries was also the second-best time, behind only Black.

In the 300 meter hurdle finals, Marte ran a time of 43.87 seconds, which was also good enough for second place. She was bested only by Durham Hillside’s Emmaya Waters, who recorded a time of 43.82 seconds. The pair ran an epic race in the finals, with Waters coming in ahead of Marte by a fraction of an inch - and only five one-hundredths of a second. Marte will look to best Waters at states in hopes of qualifying for the state championship race in the 300 meter hurdles. 

Along with Marte, the Eagles will be sending senior sprinter Caleb Baldwin to the state championships. Baldwin placed third for Eastern in the 100 meter dash finals, running a time of 10.90 seconds. Baldwin also placed third in the preliminaries with a time of 10.98 seconds.

EAHS also qualified multiple relay teams in both men’s and women’s events to the NCHSAA state championships, which will be held Friday at Irwin Belk Track on the campus of North Carolina A&T University. 

EAHS’s men’s 4x100 meter relay squad placed second Saturday in Sanford, earning the Eagles a spot in the state finals with a time of 42.62 seconds. In addition, the Eagles placed fourth in the men’s 4x200 meter dash, running a time of 1 minute, 29.68 seconds. EAHS also placed 11th in the men’s 4x400 meter relay finals (3 minutes, 40.89 seconds). 

The Eastern High women’s 4x100 meter relay placed third on Saturday, recording a time of 49.81 seconds. The Eagles were defeated only by Williams and Hillside in the 15-school field. 

The Eagles also recorded a fourth place finish in the women’s 4x200 meter finals, as they posted a time of 1 minute, 43.62 seconds. Only Hillside, Southeast Guilford, and Williams had better results. 

Freshman Laila Anderson placed third in the women’s 1,600 meter run, as her time of 5 minutes, 26.31 seconds bested all but two runners - both from Chapel Hill High School. Anderson also placed fourth for the Eagles in the 3,200 meter run (12 minutes, 4.78 seconds).

The Eagles got a top five finish in the women’s 800 meter run from senior Courtney Keeler, as she posted a time of 2 minutes, 25.38 seconds. Sophomore Nia Hester also placed fifth for Eastern in both the women’s high jump finals (4 feet, 10 inches), and in the long jump finals (16 feet, 2.5 inches). In addition, junior Izabella Sciora finished tied for fourth place with two others in the pole vault finals, with a clearance of an even 8 feet. 

In other women’s results, freshman Hali Watkins placed ninth in the 400 meter dash (1 minute, 3.46 seconds), sophomore Madisyn Burnette placed 12th in the 100 meter dash finals (12.92 seconds), sophomore Danielle Davis placed sixth in the triple jump finals (32 feet, 3.5 inches), seventh in the 300 meter hurdles (49.14 seconds) and 12th in the 200 meter dash finals (27.07 seconds). Freshman Jade Burnette placed 12th in the 100 meter hurdles preliminaries (17.78 seconds) and 13th in the pole vault (6 feet, 6 inches), and sophomore Jordan Adams tied for 10th place in the triple jump finals (30 feet, 6 inches). 

In other men’s results, junior Ezechiel Yao placed 9th in the 400 meter dash (53.01 seconds), junior Elijah Burnette tied for eighth place in the high jump (5 feet, 8 inches)junior Myking Huntley placed seventh in the 110 meter hurdles finals (16.18 seconds), Tyler Ellison placed 14th in the 110 meter hurdles preliminaries (18.23 seconds), and sophomore David Bunker placed 12th in the triple jump (38 feet, 2.5 inches).