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Cotton, Paylor, Darroch excel in regional track meets


By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

The Cummings girls’ track and field team was the overwhelming team winner in the Class 2-A Mideast Regional last Friday at UNC Pembroke, qualifying a bevy of athletes for this week’s state championships.

Others competed in the Class 3-A Mideast Regional on the same track. Alamance County schools should be well-represented in state meets.

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Top-four regional finishers in each event advance to the state meet at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro. Class 2-A and Class 4-A meets will be Friday, while the Class 1-A and Class 3-A meets are Saturday.


Class 2-A Mideast girls

The Cavaliers racked up 128 points to runner-up North Carolina School of Science & Math’s 76. Southeast Alamance was ninth with 31.

D’Anna Cotton of Cummings won four events. Southeast Alamance’s Janay Pegram will be in four events in the state meet, including two as an individual.

Cummings had top-three sweeps in the 100-meter hurdles and 300 hurdles. Cotton (14.14 seconds), Diamond Moore (14.84) and Taylor Jordan (15.06) rolled in the shorter event, while Cotton (43.81), Honesti Trollinger (46.16) and Jordan (47.32) took honors in the longer race.

The Cavaliers also went 1-2-3 in the triple jump with Cotton (41 feet, 9¾ inches), Moore (39-1½), and Brooke Packingham (38-3¾).

Cotton’s 5-foot, 8-inch effort in the high jump made her a clear winner. Moore was first in the long jump at 19-¼ followed by Brooke Packingham in second at 18-5¾. Trollinger was fourth in the 200 (25.90).

Cummings won the 400 relay with Jordan, Jamoni Jones, Packingham, and Trollinger in 49.51 seconds. Southeast Alamance qualified its 400 relay with Kamora Roberson, Reagan Brooks, Chloe Torain, and Pegram in fourth place in 52.07.

The 800 relay also was won by Cummings with Jordan, Packingham, Trollinger, and Moore in 1:42.00 with Southeast in third place at 1:49.97 with Roberson, Speshell Carr, Torain, and Pegram.

Pegram was third in the 100 (12.38) and the 200 (25.85).

Southeast was fifth in the 3,200 relay with Aslim Gonzalez, Geneva Ricketts, Elise Westbrook, and Madolyn Grubb in 12:12.34.

Whitney Griffis of Cummings placed sixth in the shot put at 29-7½.


Class 2-A Mideast boys

Jonathan Paylor of Cummings was a three-event regional champion. He won the 100 in 10.73 seconds, the 200 in 22.16 and had a winning time of 49.02 in the 400.

Augustine Koroma of Southeast was second in two races – 10.91 in the 100, 22.35 in the 200.

Bramond McRae of Cummings placed third in the 200 (22.76) and sixth in the 100 (11.16).

Southeast’s Youssef Mostafa was fourth in the 800 in 2:04.35. Southeast’s 1,600 relay of Isaiah Tumey, Neil Edwards, Mostafa, and Koroma was third in 3:29.46.

Braxton Palmer of Southeast placed sixth in the pole vault at 9-0.

Kavon Poteat of Cummings ended up third in the discus at 128-2 and fifth in the shot put at 43-½.

Seaforth won the boys’ team title. Cummings was fourth and Southeast claimed eighth.


Class 3-A Mideast boys

Southern Alamance’s Myles Darroch won the 200 and 400 across two different days.

Darroch ran 48.62 seconds in the 400, while Williams’ Zion Amadi was runner-up in 49.25. Western Alamance’s Josh Long claimed fourth in 50.73.

Darroch’s winning time of 21.74 in the 200 came Monday. Williams’ Zion Amadi (22.38) was fourth, while Western’s James Newton (22.69) was sixth.

Because of storms, the meet didn’t conclude last week in Pembroke. It finished Monday at Southeast Alamance, with three track events.

Darroch also qualified with third place in the 100 (10.82) and as a member of the third-place 400 relay (43.28). Newton was fourth in the 100 in 11.0 seconds.

Eastern Alamance teammates Tajon Roberson (44-4) and Trynton Wiley (44-3½) were second and third in the triple jump.

Braylon McCollum of Eastern was third in the 110 hurdles in 15.44. Teammate Tajon Roberson was third in the long jump at 21-¼, with Williams’ Jaeden Smith sixth at 21-0.

Williams won the 800 relay in 1:28.66. Western was fifth in the 1,600 relay in 3:34.44 and the Warriors took sixth in the 3,200 relay in 8:36.97.

Williams’ Henri Lanzoni (4:37.88) was sixth in the 1,600 and teammate Easton Freeman (10:13.30) placed sixth in the 3,200.

Southern’s 800 relay (1:33.15) placed sixth. Williams pole vaulter Hunter Lubitz tied for eighth at 8-6.


Class 3-A Mideast girls

Eastern’s Etta Krans won the pole vault at 8-6.

The Williams entry in the 800 relay placed third in 1:47.52.

Williams’ Ava Childress the 800 runner-up in 2:26.19, while Southern’s Thompson was seventh in 2:41.47.

Childress captured third in the 1,600 in 5:27.16 and teammate Lucy Lowe was seventh in 6:08.22.

Western’s Taliyha Brown was third in the 100 in 12.46.

Western’s Savannah Branch placed sixth in 13:50.45 in the 3,200. In the 3,200 relay, Western was seventh in 11:43.63.

Southern’s Ariel Minor (300 hurdles, 50.58) in fifth and Ta’niya Thompson (800, 2:41.47) in seventh scored team points.

Eastern’s Makayla Thompson was seventh in the discus at 92-4.

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