Eastern Alamance’s men’s and women’s track and field squads represented themselves well at the Mid-State Conference track meet on Tuesday at Northern Guilford High School. A total of seven Eagles - five females and two males - won individual conference titles in various events.
Among the EAHS women’s competitors, senior Sanaa Ratliffe placed first in the 100 meter dash competition, sprinting her way to a time of 12.61 seconds. Ratliffe also placed third in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 11.75 inches. Fellow Eagles senior Danielle Davis won the 300 meter hurdles finals with a time of 53.66 seconds. Davis also placed fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 30 feet, 5.5 inches.
Another EAHS senior, Nia Hester, won the Mid-State Conference championship in the long jump discipline with a leap of 17 feet, 4.5 inches, while coming in second place in both the high jump (4 feet, 8 inches) and triple jump (33 feet, 10.5 inches) events.
A pair of Eastern High ninth graders - Rebecca Alston and Makayla Thompson - placed first in two different field events. Alston won the discus with an impressive toss of 96 feet, 8 inches, while Thompson won the shot put event with a throw of 27 feet, 10 inches. Thompson also placed second, behind only Alston, in the discus with a toss of 85 feet, 2 inches, while Alston placed sixth in the shot put with a toss of 24 feet, 9 inches.
In addition, the EAHS High 4x200 meter relay team, consisting of seniors Madisyn Burnette and Imani Corbett, along with juniors Jade Burnette and Kayla Riley, won the Mid-State Conference title with a first place time of 51.64 seconds.
Among the Eastern High male competitors, senior David Bunker had the biggest day, winning two individual Mid-State Conference championships in the long jump (20 feet, 11 inches) and triple jump (41 feet) disciplines. In addition, junior Andrew Evans tied for first place in the pole vault competition with Mateo De Lisa of Northern Guilford. Both cleared the bar at the height of an even 8 feet.
Along with the first place results produced by the various EAHS individual competitors, the Eagles also produced numerous second place finishes. Second place finishes included junior Jade Burnette in the 100 meter hurdles (17.54 seconds) and 300 meter hurdles (56.09 seconds), and senior Imani Corbett in the long jump (16 feet, 7.5 inches). Corbett added fourth place finishes in both the 200 meter dash (27.14 seconds) and 400 meter dash (1 minute, 7.64 seconds) races, while Burnette cleared 6 feet as the only competitor in the women’s pole vault competition.
EAHS men’s distance runner Andrew Parker, a sophomore, added a pair of second place finishes for the Eagles in the 1,600 meter run (4 minutes, 34.80 seconds) and the 3,200 meter run (10 minutes, 5.47 seconds). Parker also placed fourth in the pole vault with a clearance of 6 feet, 6 inches.
Four different Eastern High relay squads placed second in various events at the Mid-State meet, including the men’s 4x100, 4x200, and 4x800 teams, as well as the women’s 4x100 relay team. The men’s 4x100 squad, consisting of seniors David Bunker and Jaheim Brown, freshman Josh Murray and sophomore William Ratliffe, posted a time of 45.33 seconds, coming in just behind Rockingham County’s first place time of 44.57 seconds.
Murray, Ratliffe, and Bunker joined junior Ishmael Percy to place second for Eastern Alamance in the 4x200 relay. Their combined time of 1 minute, 35.30 seconds came in just behind Rockingham County’s first place time of 1 minute, 33.62 seconds. The 4x800 relay squad of junior Andrew Evans, sophomore Andrew Parker, and freshmen Michael Tinnen and Caleb Vanderpool recorded a time of 9 minutes, 43.78 seconds, placing only behind Northern Guilford’s first place time of 9 minutes, 27.37 seconds. In addition, the Eastern High women’s 4x100 relay team of seniors Nia Hester, Danielle Davis, and Sanaa Ratliffe, along with junior Kayla Riley, placed second overall with a time of 51.83 seconds. Northern Guilford won the race with a time of 50.29 seconds.
Third place results for the Eagles men’s team at the conference meet included sophomore William Ratliffe in the 100 meter dash (11.21 seconds), senior Jaheim Brown in the long jump (20 feet, 0.5 inches) and triple jump (37 feet, 1.5 inches) events, and junior Ishmael Percy in the 400 meter dash (54.22 seconds). Percy also tied for fifth in the high jump with two other competitors, clearing 5 feet on the bar, while Brown placed seventh in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.67 seconds. In addition, junior Kayla Riley placed third in the women’s 100 meter dash (13.15 seconds), while also placing eighth in the 200 meter dash event (29.38 seconds).
Other top five results for the Eagles included freshman Josh Murray, who placed fourth in the 200 meter dash (23.34 seconds) and fifth in the 100 meter dash finals (11.36 seconds), senior Madisyn Burnette, who placed fourth in the 100 meter dash (13.32 seconds), and freshman Jalen Alston, who placed fifth in the 800 meter run (2 minutes, 24.00 seconds). The EAHS women’s 4x400 meter relay team placed fifth with a time of 6 minutes, 27.33 seconds. Burnette added a sixth place finish in the 200 meter dash finals (28.10 seconds).
Additional results for EAHS in the conference meet included junior Grace Dobson, who placed sixth in the 800 meter run (2 minutes, 57.82 seconds) and seventh in the 1,600 meter run (6 minutes, 45.29 seconds), freshman McKay Flemming, who placed seventh in the 300 meter hurdles (1 minute, 3.79 seconds), freshman Ava Wetter, who placed seventh in the discus toss (62 feet, 10 inches), freshman Michael Tinnen, who placed eighth in the high jump finals (4 feet, 6 inches), and freshman Toccara Davis, who placed seventh in the shot put (21 feet, 11.5 inches) and 14th overall in the 800 meter run (4 minutes, 2.35 seconds).
Those Eastern Alamance High individual and relay teams who achieved necessary qualifying results will move on to the NCHSAA Mid-East Regionals, which will be held in Sanford on Saturday, June 19. If any of the Eagles can place in the top four in the Regional competition, they will qualify for the NCHSAA State Track and Field Championships in Greensboro on the campus of North Carolina A&T University.