GREENSBORO — Southwestern Wake teams didn’t pose a threat to win the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A championships Saturday at Irwin Belk Stadium on the campus of North Carolina A&T.
But the schools can claim some state champions, and other individuals went to the podium with top-four finishes.
Winning the team titles were Southeast Raleigh’s girls (89 points), who pulled ahead of Wakefield (82) to stop the three-year title run of the Wolverines; and the Knightdale boys (68 points), who wrapped up their third straight championship.
Apex’s boys were sixth with 29.5 points. The Apex girls were part of a three-way tie for fourth (35 points).
Jumps: The area’s biggest statewide impact was in the pole vault.
Apex’s Joe DeVries won the boys’ title in the pole vault (14-0), while teammate Michael Utecht (13-6) tied for fourth.
Apex’s Anna Eaton and Green Hope’s Rayna Yvars each cleared 12 feet in the pole vault and were second and third, respectively. The tiebreaker was on misses.
Lightning interrupted the meet for an hour and a half while many of the jumps were ongoing.
“It was weird, because I had to warm up three times today. It was exhausting,” DeVries said.
Holly Springs’ Jack Nosbisch (6-4) was fourth in the high jump.
Throws: Apex’s Brianna Heilsnis was second in the girls’ discus (136-0).
Distance: Panther Creek’s Rebekah Greengrass was second in the girls’ 3200 (11:01.70) while Cary’s Bakri Abushouk was second in the boys’ 1600 (4:14.59).
Sprints: Apex’s Sydnei Murphy (24.86) was fourth in the girls’ 200.
For the boys, Apex’s Jalen Ware was fourth (48.28) in the 400.
Relays: Cary was third in the girls’ 4-by-400 (3:51.01) thanks to the efforts of senior Zoe Martin and sophomores Layla White, Julia Brown and Sarah Hoffert. Cary was also runner-up in the 4-by-800 (9:18.12) with Martin, Brown, Hoffert and junior Lydia Averette running the legs.
The Cary boys were third in the 4-by-800 (7:50.67) with Abushouk, Justin Lane, Abel Tecle and Josh Barrett.
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