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Firebirds take 2nd in Big East track championships

Firebirds 3rd in Nash Championship

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FRANKLINTON — Hunt High senior Dionte Alston earned the award as the top male performer in field events at the 3-A Big East Conference track and field championships held May 1 at Franklinton High.

Alston, the state 3-A indoor long jump champion and owner of the best outdoor long jump in the state this spring at 23 feet, 6 inches, didn’t pass that mark last week, but he did win the long jump with a 23-0.5. Alston’s triple jump of 42-5 placed second behind teammate C.J. Ward’s winning leap of 42-9.75.

Alston also had a great day on the track, finishing second in the 100-meter dash in 11.33 seconds behind Franklinton’s Steve Green, who finished in 11.11. Alston was also part of the Warriors’ victorious 4x100 relay in 43.39, but that was Hunt’s only other first-place finish on the boys side as the Warriors finished fourth in the six-team field.

Northern Nash, led by track MOP Jordan Richardson, dominated the track events, earning 119 of its 141.5 total points in running events to win the boys meet. Southern Nash was second with 109, followed by Franklinton (94), Hunt (88.5), Rocky Mount (61) and Fike (60).

The Firebirds finished 1-2 in the shot put with seniors Ricky Knight (45-2) and Lamont Williams (44-1) taking the honors. Hunter Issette was second in the 3,200 run, Jalen McCalston was second in the 300 hurdles and Trysten Roberson was the pole vault runner-up while the Firebirds 4x800 relay was also second.

Fike was without senior jumper Elijahwon Cooper, who missed the meet, but the Golden Demons got a first place from Davis Nicol in the pole vault as he cleared 12-0. Chase Eaton was second in 110 hurdles.

Franklinton won the girls meet with 138 points, narrowly edging second-place Rocky Mount with 136. Southern Nash was third with 119, followed by Northern Nash (69), Hunt (61) and Fike (26).

The Ladybirds got wins from Taylor Gardner in the pole vault (7-0), Rayna Bailey in the shot put (29-1.5), Jenira McKoy in the 100 dash (12.96), Jadiza Jimenez in the 1,600 run (6:18.27) and Tristian Foster in the 300 hurdles (48.64). Foster was the runner-up behind McKoy in the 100 dash while McKoy placed second in the 200 dash. Southern Nash also took second place in the 4x800 relay.

Shaniah Spells won the discus with a toss of 95-6 for the Lady Warriors’ only win while Jada Carpenter placed second in the high jump.

The Fike girls’ best showing was a runner-up finish in the 4x200 relay while Jalia Yelverton placed third in the 400 dash.

Qualifying athletes will return to Franklinton on Saturday, May 11, for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A East Regional meet.

ROCKY MOUNT — Instead of repeating as the winner of the Nash County Championship, the Southern Nash boys golf team settled for third place May 1 at the third annual county championship match at Northgreen Golf Club.

The Firebirds posted a score of 381, six shots behind runner-up Northern Nash with 375 while Nash Central won the match with a score of 364.

Freshman Carson Winstead’s 89 was the low score for the Firebirds, good for third overall, while senior Thomas Jeffreys finished his Southern Nash career with a 95. Senior Jubie Moss carded a 96 while Dontavius Kingsberry-Evans provided the final counting score with a 101.

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