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North boys finish first, South's girls take third in track regional

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

North’s boys finished first and South’s girls third in the Class 2-A East Track Regional Saturday in Wilmington.

North, which won five events, finished with 111 points in the state-qualifying meet. The top-four finishers in each event advance to the state meet Friday in Greensboro. Jacksonville Northside was second with 74 points. Eighteen teams scored points.

North’s Jesse Riley won the 100- and 200-meter sprints.

Riley won the 100 in 10.85 seconds. Teammate Jerry Davis was third in 11.37 and South’s Quan Ray fourth in 11.40.

In the 200, Riley was first in 22.01. Ray was second in 22.90.

Riley was second in the long jump (21 feet, 3.5 inches). The winning mark was 21-6.5 by Northside’s Kenneth Rowland.

North also won two relays.

The Scorpions’ 4x400 relay of Jason Riley, Nelson, Anthony Hicks and Davis was first in 3:31.31, winning by nearly three seconds.

North’s 4x800 relay of Rashaad Nelson, Hicks, Tony Wright and Ryan Moeller won in 8:23.98, nearly 21 seconds faster than runner-up Swansboro.

Nelson was second in the 300 hurdles in 40.77 seconds. St. Pauls’ David Shaw was first in 39.89.

North’s 4x100 relay of Davis, Jirese Thomas, Jason Riley and Jesse Riley was second in 44.12. Northeastern won in 43.90 seconds.

North’s 4x200 relay of Jermon Bryant, Thomas, Jason Riley and Davis was second in 1:31.93. St Pauls was first in 1:30.22.

The Scorpions’ Josh Kearney won the pole vault with a mark of 12 feet. Nick Barnes was fourth at 10-6.

For South, Ryan Minor won the discus with a mark of 155-01, a distance nearly 30 feet farther than the runner-up’s. Minor was second in the shot put (51-3.5) and teammate A.J. Ferguson was third (45.11.5). The winning mark was 59-2.5.

Greg Gilbert was third in the high jump (6-0). The winning mark was 6-2.

South’s girls got two victories from senior hurdler Jenna Kazmierczak and finished with 87.33 points. Swansboro was first (177) and Croatan second (105). Sixteen teams scored points.

Kazmierczak finished third in a qualifying heat for the 100 hurdles in 18.08, but she won the final in 16.72, the only one to finish below quicker than 17 seconds.

Teammate Greer Jones was second (17.29) and another teammate, Jalyssa Lacy, was third (17.39).

Kazmierczak won the 300 in 48.20 seconds.

South’s 4x100 relay of Arlenna Ray, Tiffany Parish, Bree Gawron and Jones was second in 52.09. St. Pauls won in 50.81.

Nicole Ray was second in the long jump (15-11). The winning jump was 16-7.5. She was fourth in the triple jump (31-6.75). The winning jump was 37-7.25.

Arlenna Ray was fourth in the 100 (12.62).

South’s 4x400 relay of Briana Norton, Kazmierczak, Elizabeth Butler and Lacy was fourth in the 4x400 in 4:31.50. Swansboro won in 4:15.83.

For North, LaTesha Harrison was fourth in the shot put (34-2). The winning mark was 36-0.5.