In the final tuneup leading up to Tuesday’s Mid-State Conference meet, the Eastern Alamance High men’s and women's track and field squads made their way to Northern Guilford last Thursday (June 3) for a quad meet with fellow Mid-State Conference rivals Northern Guilford, Rockingham, and Western Alamance.
The EAHS women’s squad had multiple first place finishes, including senior Sanaa Ratliffe, who won the 100 meter dash competition with a time of 12.55 seconds. Fellow twelfth grader Imani Corbett won the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, while also placing fourth in both the 200 meter dash (27.58 seconds) and 400 meter dash (1 minute, 6.23 seconds). Another Eagles senior, Nia Hester, placed second in three different competitions, including the high jump (5 feet), long jump (15 feet), and triple jump (32 feet, 9 inches).
Junior Jade Burnette had a strong day, including a first place result in the 300 meter hurdles (53.73 seconds), and a second place finish in the 100 meter hurdles (17.73 seconds). She also cleared 7 feet, 6 inches as the only competitor in the pole vault discipline. A pair of freshmen - Rebecca Alston and Makayla Thompson - were solid in the field events, with Alston winning the discus with a dominant toss of 93 feet, 7 inches. Alston’s throw bested Thompson, who placed second, by more than 26 feet. Alston also placed fourth in the shot put with a distance of 25 feet, 9 inches. Thompson placed second in both the discus (67 feet, 6 inches) and shot put (26 feet, 6.5 inches) competitions.
Other top three performances were posted by senior Madisyn Burnette, who placed second in the 100 meter dash (13.11 seconds), senior Danielle Davis, who placed third in both the 100 meter hurdles (55.04 seconds) and triple jump (30 feet, 1 inch), and junior Kayla Riley, who came in third in the 100 meter dash event (13.16 seconds). Burnette also recorded a fifth place result in the 200 meter dash (28.94 seconds).
Other results by the EAHS women’s team at the Northern Guilford meet included junior Grace Dobson, who placed fifth in the 800 meter run (2 minutes, 56.80 seconds) and seventh in the 1,600 meter run (6 minutes, 45.71 seconds), freshman McKay Flemming, who placed fourth in the 100 meter hurdles (21.14 seconds) and fifth in the 300 meter hurdles (59.85 seconds), freshman Ava Wetter, who placed fifth in the discus (61 feet, 10 inches) and seventh in the shot put (21 feet, 9 inches), senior Mallory Randolph, who placed seventh in both the 800 meter run (3 minutes, 54.45 seconds) and long jump (12 feet, 4.5 inches), and freshman Toccara Davis, who placed eighth in both the 800 meter run (4 minutes, 7.95 seconds) and shot put (20 feet, 10 inches), and ninth in the discus (46 feet).
In the women’s relay races, Eastern defeated Rockingham County head-to-head in a two-team matchup in the 4x100 meter category. The Eagles came in at 55.04 seconds, while Rockingham came in at 56.11 seconds. EAHS also defeated Rockingham head-to-head in a 4x200 meter relay match race, with the Eagles posting a time of 1 minute, 57.72 seconds, and Rockingham posting a time of 1 minute, 59.57 seconds. EAHS finished fourth out of four schools competing in the 4x400 meter relay, recording a time of 6 minutes, 2.90 seconds.
Among the men competitors, distance runner sophomore Andrew Parker had the biggest day of all the Eagles, placing first in both the 1,600 meter run (4 minutes, 36.75 seconds) and 3,200 meter run (10 minute, 12.00 seconds). Parker will be looking to qualify for the NCHSAA 3A state finals in these distance events in the coming weeks.
Multiple EAHS men’s competitors placed second in various events, including freshman Josh Murray in the 200 meter dash (23.70 seconds), senior Jaheim Brown in the long jump (20 feet, 2 inches), fellow senior David Bunker in the triple jump (41 feet, 1 inch), and freshman Michael Tinnen in the high jump event (4 feet, 10 inches). Murray also placed fourth in the 100 meter dash finals (11.31 seconds), while Brown placed third in the triple jump (40 feet, 3.5 inches) and fifth in the 100 meter dash (11.47 seconds). Bunker added a fourth place result for Eastern in the long jump (19 feet, 5 inches), along with a sixth place finish in the 100 meter dash (11.49 seconds). Tinnen finished sixth for the Eagles in the 400 meter dash event (1 minute, 1.44 seconds).
Other third place finishes for Eastern included sophomore William Ratliffe’s result in the 100 meter dash (11.24 seconds) and freshman Jalen Alston in the 800 meter run (2 minutes, 23.71 seconds). Ratliffe also placed seventh overall in the 200 meter dash race (24.33 seconds).
Junior Andrew Evans placed fifth in the 400 meter dash race (1 minute, 00.41 seconds), while also clearing 9 feet, 8 inches as the only competitor in the pole vault. Freshman Caleb Vanderpool placed fifth for EAHS in the 800 meter run (2 minutes, 31.44 seconds), while sophomore Benny Salvatore placed sixth in the 300 meter hurdles (54.61 seconds).
The Eagles men’s 4x100 relay squad defeated Rockingham in a head-to-head two school match race, with EAHS posting a time of 45.23 seconds, and Rockingham coming in at 47.90 seconds. Eastern did not compete in the 4x200 meter race, and placed fourth out of four schools in the 4x400 meter relay race with a time of 4 minutes, 20.99 seconds. EAHS placed second, behind only Northern Guilford, in the 4x800 meter relay race, with a time of 9 minutes, 39.69 seconds.
The Mebane Enterprise will have full coverage of this week’s Mid-State Conference track and field meet on its website, MebaneEnterprise.com, on Wednesday.