RALEIGH - Its hard for coaches or athletes to pick which area of the countys track and field scene is the strongest. Is it the distance runners? Sprinters? Jumpers?
Each group had standout performers at Saturdays Wake County championships hosted by Sanderson High School.
But as far as which schools have the strongest programs going, that was solidified by the performances of the countys two defending 4A state champs the Wakefield girls and Knightdale boys.
Knightdale cruised to its win with 89 points, edging Wake Forest-Rolesville (66) and Enloe (59).
Wakefields girls even without two of its top athletes in Ariah Graham and Olicia Sharp enjoyed a win with 115 points, defeating SE Raleigh (97.5) and Millbrook (64.5).
We used a couple different people to just see what we had, said Wakefield coach Ann Graham. We wanted to make sure that everybody did well, and its all about the points. We tell all the individuals that you need to try to knock off as many people as you can. Wolverines, Knights win relays
A big reason why Wakefield and Knightdale can claim to have the top programs in the county is their relay teams. The Wolverine girls came within seconds of winning three relays, taking the 4-by-200 and 4-by-400 and finishing less than a second behind Southeast Raleigh in the 4-by-100. Broughton took the 4-by-800.
The Knights, meanwhile, won three of four possible relays (4-by-100, 4-by-400, 4-by-800). The only exception was Enloe in the 4-by-200.Freshman stands out in sprints
The claim of being the fastest boy or girl in the county is a prestigious one, and one that on the boys' side went to a well-known name, even if it belonged to a freshman.
Wake Forest-Rolesvilles Bryce Love ran a sparkling 10.69 in the 100-meter dash. Considered one of the best youth runners in the nation in previous years, Love was ready to try his hand at running against older kids.
It was special, because the competition was a lot higher than the national level of track, because you had to run against people three, four years older than you, said Love, who also won the 400-meter dash.
Wakefields Jden Williams earned title as fastest girl, winning the 100 with a time of 12.18, while teammate Tiana Patillo won the 400. Meanwhile, the quickest hurdles went to Southeast Raleighs Sandy Chapman for boys (14.69, 110 meters) and Jakie Howell (15.22, 100 meters) for girls.
Howell provided a third Bulldogs winner in hurdles, taking the girls title in 300 meters.
Athens Drives Kevin Vincent won the boys 300 meter hurdles, while the girls title went to Tametris Morrison of Southeast Raleigh. Millbrooks Richard Miller took the 800.
Alexis Murphy of Apex won the girls 200 meter dash, while Knightdales Joseph Horton did for the boys.Addison shines in field events
After taking a national indoor title in the high jump, a Wake County outdoor title was no problem for Enloes Jonathan Addison.
Addison cleared 6 feet, 4 inches in the high jump, then also won the long jump with a leap of 23 feet, 9 inches.
He wasnt the only Eagle to excel in the field event portion of the meet, as Alyssa Dunn won the girls discus throw with a toss of 117 feet, 4 inches.
Pole vaulting had some excitement as Sandersons Patrick Quinn and Broughtons Harrison Booth tied by each clearing 14 feet, and Wakefields Kristen Lee broke the meet record with 11 feet, 8 inches.
Millbrooks Crystan McLymore won the girls triple jump, while Southeast Raleighs Jaylon Holt won the boys.
Sandersons Sam Beard won the boys discus, while teammate Stratford Barnett won the shot put. The girls shot put was taken by Southeast Raleighs Tiffany Dunham, who was sixth in prelims.
Keon Temple of Wake Forest-Rolesville won the girls high jump, while Wakefields Cidni Ford won the girls long jump.Names dominate distance runs
With the county leading the way this past fall in cross country with the Broughton boys, Green Hope girls and Millbrooks Samantha George (4:58.11) all taking titles its also home to some of the states top distance runners.
Broughtons Roberson brothers each won events older brother Sam Roberson took the one-mile (4:28.40), while younger brother Will won the two-mile.
Green Hopes Maura McDonnell won the 800-meter, while George won the mile. Panther Creeks Dana Cox won the two-mile, leading almost wire-to-wire.