RALEIGH — Track can be viewed as an individual sport, but at many meets the most exciting events are the relays.
The Cary High girls track team is exceptionally deep in relay talent. The Imps captured three of the four relays on April 12 at the Wake County championships to give Cary a third-place finish behind state powers Wakefield, which won the 400-meter race, and Southeast Raleigh.
Junior Layla White, an All-American in the 400, led Cary to wins in the 800- , 1,600- and 3,200-meter relays and won the individualtitle in the 400.
“Layla’s the superstar of the group,” Cary coach Jerry Dotson said. “She’s head and shoulders above the rest, and they’ll tell you that, too. Saturday we wanted to see if she could handle the four events. That’s a tough day. But she had a very solid day.”
Dotson expected his girls relay teams to be strong. The Imps’ 1,600 and 3,200 finished third in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A championships last year and had only one senior.
Julia Brown, White and Sarah Hoffert returned and Lakeisha Warner stepped into the fourth spot on both teams.
“Lakeisha moved in from the British Virgin Isles and she’s extremely talented,” Dotson said. “She’s been sick and injured, but she’s getting better and we’re seeing her times drop. We expect a lot out of her. Her best event is the 800.”
On the 800 team, Warner and White are joined by Desi Rowell and Charminiqu Hackney, a sophomore who was the NCHSAA indoor 55-meter champion. Freshman Susie Ngwe is another speedster on some of the relays.
“We’ve been switching some things up, looking to maximize points,” Dotson said. “We want to win whatever we enter. Right now we’re really strong in those events and are trying to develop some girls in other events.
“It’s also good these girls get along so well, tease each other and they have a lot in common, a real bond.”
White, Brown, Hoffert, Warner and Rowell are juniors.
“We have a lot to look forward to for two years, with them being young and talented,” Dotson said.