In the women’s meet, Charlotte’s Berry Academy used its strength in the relays to run to the team championship. Berry won both the four by 100 and four by 200 events while placing third in the four by 400, finishing the day with 51 points to 46 for runner-up West Carteret.
West Carteret’s Blake Dodge earned the women’s MVP award as she led her team to a second-place finish and set some records as well. She established new 3-A marks in both the 800 (2:13.23) and the 1600 (4:59.35) and also ran a leg on the record-setting four by 800 relay team. Dodge was also the MVP in the state indoor championships earlier this year.
Fayetteville Westover placed third in the standings with 43 points, followed by Jacksonville (41) and Western Alamance (38.5). A total of 51 schools scored points in the women’s meet.
Qizeah Jackson of Fayetteville Westover had a great meet with three individual championships, taking first place in the 100, 200 and the high jump, and running a leg on the quartet that won the final event, the four by 400 relay.
T.J. Logan won a pair of individual events and anchored a victorious relay team to pace Northern Guilford to the team title in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A women’s track and field championships at the Irwin Belk Track at North Carolina A&T State University on Saturday.
Logan, who is headed to the University of North Carolina on a football scholarship, last week had been named the winner of the Pat Best Memorial Award as the 2013 NCHSAA Male Athlete of the Year, and he certainly lived up to his billing. He captured the 100 in a winning time of 10.65 seconds, won the 200 in 21.61, and then anchored the winning four by 100 relay team which broke the tape in 41.99 seconds. He was named the Most Valuable Performer of the men’s championships.
Northern Guilford tallied 57 points to 45.50 for county rival Northeast Guilford in second. East Henderson followed in third with 43 points, with Waxhaw Marvin Ridge (34.50) in fourth and Hickory (31) in fifth. There were 53 men’s teams tallying points in the meet.
LeAndre McGill and Gary Woosley led Northeast to its second place finish. McGill won the 400 and ran a leg on the victorious four by 400 relay team, while Woosley helped the Northeast cause by taking first in the triple jump.