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Kayla Padgett won three events in helping the East Carolina University women’s track and field team to a second-place finish in the inaugural Bill Carson Invitational at ECU.
Padgett won two events Friday, April 11, in the meet with South Carolina, UNC Charlotte and UNC Wilmington. She broke her school record in the hammer throw with a heave of 208 feet, 4 inches. Padgett also finished first in the discus throw (167 feet).
Padgett won the shot put Saturday, April 12, with a mark of 47-9.5.
South Carolina won the meet by 11 points over ECU.
“It’s an understatement to say that we were excited (to host our first track meet since 2003),” ECU coach Curt Kraft said.
Padgett is a West Brunswick graduate who won state championships in the discus throw and in the shot put. She holds the class 3A state record in the shot put (42 feet, 7 inches).
Padgett’s record-setting performance Friday came a few weeks after the indoor track and field ended, a season in which Padgett finished 11th in the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships in the 20-pound weight throw. She also set an ECU record in the 20-pound weight throw with a mark of 72-00.25. She won the Conference USA Indoor Championships with a mark of 68-05.75.
The Pirates have two more meets (the Charlotte 49er Classic and the Penn Relays) before traveling to Houston for the Conference USA Outdoor Championships, which run from May 15 to May 18.
“We have to use this momentum to go into the next meet and, hopefully, this carries into the Conference USA Championships,” Kraft said.
The North Brunswick boys’ track and field team won the East Central Conference championship meet Thursday, April 10, in Leland.
North scored 187 points in the six-team meet. Southwest Onslow was second (116).
For North in the 100, Chris Graham was first (10.5) and Kevon Perkins third (10.7). In the 400, Brandon Addison was first (50.9) and Latrell Hill third (52.2). In the 800, J.J. Batts was third (2:12.9).
In the discus throw, Jabril Robinson was first (126-1) and Hunter Hendershot third (120-11). In the shot put, Derrick Wheeler was first (46-2) and Robinson third (44-6.5).
In the high jump, Terrance Brown was first (6-4) and Eddie Harvey second (6-0).
North finished 1-2-3 in the pole vault: Brian Wormuth (12-6), Bodee Hancock (10-6) and Anthony Walker (9-6).
In the 110-meter hurdles, Evin Bellamy was third (15.6). In the 300-meter hurdles, Tymond Freeman was second (42.7).
In the long jump, Addison was third (21-1.5).
North won the 400 relay (42.8), the 800 relay (1:31.4) and the 1,600 relay (3:31.6).
In the girls’ events, Unique Hines was third (13.0) in the 100 and Tiye Cheatham was first (62.6) in the 400. Kaylie McVet was second in the pole vault (5-0). North finished fourth (47). Croatan was first (207.5).
in two meets
West Brunswick’s boys’ and girls’ track and field teams each finished third in six-team meets Thursday, April 10, at Laney High School.
In the boys’ meet, five West athletes placed second through sixth in the triple jump: Xavier Gause (39-2.5), Quinlyn Moore (37-0.5), Anthony McCray (36-1), Kaleb Hewett (35-6.25) and Ryan Danford (35-5.25).
In the long jump, Gause was third (19-2) and Matthews fifth (18-8).
In the 400, Chris Golden was second (55.25) and Elijah Pridgen fourth (57.33).
In the 100, Matthews was second (11.38), McCray fifth (11.8) and Moore sixth (11.85).
In the shot put, Marquis Brown was second (40-6.25). In the discus throw, Dakota Smith was second (117-2) and Brown third (116-9).
In the pole vault, Miller was third (11-0) and Pridgen fifth (9-6).
The 800 relay was fourth (1:35.5) and the 400 relay was fourth (51.17).
In the 200, Matthews was fifth (24.15) and McCray sixth (24.74).
In the 300-meter hurdles, Shawndell Miller was fifth (48.6) and Danford sixth (48.8).
In team points, Ashley was first (189), Laney second (172) and then West (89).
In the girls’ meet, Hannah Pugh was first in the triple jump (28-5.75), second in the high jump (4-6) and fourth in the long jump (13-6).
Rachel Neville was second in the shot put (26-8) and she won the discus throw (80-9).
Shelly Chavis was second in the 200 (28.09) and second in the 400 (64 seconds).
Lora Kinlaw was third in the 3,200 (15:26) and Bethany Frazier sixth (18:09).
Rosario Dominguez was third in the pole vault (6-6).
The 800 relay was second (2:01) and the 400 relay was third (59.9). West’s 3,200 relay was fifth (12:37).
Corina Sierra was sixth in the 1,600 (6:19).
In team points, Laney was first (188), Ashley second (146) and then West (85).