MOUNT HOLLY — Although several Pioneer girls posted strong individual performances, Watauga’s middle school team finished second to host Mountain Island Charter on May 1. Team results: Mountain Island 80.5 points, Watauga 52.5, and Lincoln Charter 12.

Selected highlights

  • 55 Meter Hurdles
    • — Watauga’s Katie Matheson placed fourth (11.62) as the top finisher in Heat 2. Mountain Island’s Aniya Hawkins was the top finisher in Heat 1 to capture the event (10.68). Also running in Heat 1, Lincoln Charter’s Molly Smith was second (10.85) and Mountain Island’s Laura Lamm was third (11.55).
  • 100 Meter Dash
    • — Mountain Island took 1-2-3, with Jaida McGrew taking top honors in a time of 12.57. The Pioneers’ Kaitlyn Darner was awarded fourth (14.21).
  • 1600 Meter Run
    • — Watauga swept the top two spots with Sydney Cate Townsend in first (5:53.53) and Janie Beach-Verhey less than three second behind in second (5:56.28).
  • 4x100 Relay
    • — Mountain Island ran away with the event (52.92), with Watauga ‘B’ finishing second (58.87).
  • 400 Meter Dash
    • — Although she was less than a second behind Mountain Island’s Jaida McGrew (1:08.56), Watauga’s Gracyn Blanton took home third place (1:09.52), also behind Mountain Island’s second place finisher, Natalie Patton (109.20). The Mountain Island girls ran in a highly competitive Heat 2, while Blanton was the top finisher in Heat 3 where the next runners were more than 10 seconds behind.
  • 300 Meter Hurdles
    • — Mountain Island swept the 1-2-3 positions, with Watauga’s Maggie Barnes awarded fourth (1:02.01). Mountain Island’s Aniya Hawkins was first in 56.85.
  • 800 Meter Run
    • — Watauga swept the top four spots, including Sydney Cate Townsend (2:45.40), Janie Beach-Verhey (2:46.46), Sydney Moretz (3:04.32) and Hadley Carpenter (3:05.83).
  • 200 Meter Dash
    • — Mountain Island dominated the event, with Natalie Patton’s 28.00 for first. Watauga’s Sophia Kop finished in fifth (30.51)
  • 3200 Meter Run
    • — Mountain Island’s Rylan Breath (13:39.95) outpaced Watauga’s Anna Morris (16:36.38).
  • 4x400 Relay
    • — Watauga ‘A’ was first in 5:00.50, followed by Watauga ‘B’ in 5:24.19. Lincoln Charter was third in 6:04.72.
  • Shot Put
    • — Mountain Island’s Amariah Bankston was the clear winner with a heave of 30-02.50, followed by Watauga athlete Sara Smith’s second place effort of 26-10.75.
  • Discus
    • — Lincoln Charter’s Avery Wehunt captured top honors with a throw of 53-10, with Mountain Island’s Amariah Bankston in second at 52-08.00, and Watauga’s Sara Smith in third with a 51-01.50.
  • Long Jump
    • — [1] Rylan Breath, Mountain Island, 13-00.25; [2] Sydney Helms, Watauga, 12-08.00; [3] Kaitlyn Darner, Watauga, 11-08.00; [4] Athena Elliott, Watauga, 11-05.25.
  • High Jump
  • — Mountain Island’s Jaida McGrew claimed first with a leap of 4-02.00. Watauga’s Sydney Helms and Mountain Island’s Kylee Bingham tied for second at 4-00.00. Watauga’s Katie Matheson was fourth (3-10.00) and Maggie Barnes fifth (3-08.00).

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