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Seven West Brunswick track and field athletes have had strong performances in the first few meets of the season. Many of the events are warm-ups for the season-ending conference meet April 28-30, but the events also are a chance for athletes to qualify for the Class AAA East Regional May 9 at Swansboro High School. The top-four finishers in each event advance to the state championships, May 16.
For West, Bradley Bell had qualified for the regional in three sprints and Josh Johnson in two sprints. Marc Cajuste has qualified in the 100 meters.
Shanae Frink has qualified in the long jump. Mariah Evans has qualified in the 200 meters and the triple jump. They and Courtney Turner and Breana Gause have qualified in the 4x100 relay.
Results of recent track meets are below.
WEST’S FRINK QUALIFIES IN LONG JUMP
LELAND—West Brunswick’s Shanae Frink qualified for the regional in the long jump, marking at 16 feet, 1 inch, in a track meet March 10.
She was one of several West athletes who had good performances in the nonconference meet.
“Breana Gause had a great showing in the 300-meter hurdles,” coach Yogi Hickman said. “In her first time running the event, she came within two seconds of qualifying.” She finished in 55.1 seconds.
Besides West, North Brunswick, South Brunswick (girls), Fairmont (boys), Topsail and East Columbus competed. West’ girls finished fifth, “but all of them improved their times,” Hickman said.
West’s boys finished third, behind North and Topsail.
“It was a good meet with great competition in the sprints,” Hickman said. “Our 4x100 team came within 0.45 seconds of a regional time.”
The team of Marc Cajuste, Tyquan Ash, Bradley Bell and Josh Johnson finished first in 44.45 seconds.
West won one other event, the 200 meters. Johnson was first in 23.22. He was second in the 100 in a personal-best 10.85.
Bell and Cajuste tied for fifth in the 100 in 11.22 and qualified for the regional.
The regional is a state-qualifying events that take place in May.
West has a home meet March 26 with New Hanover and Laney.
WEST’S GIRLS’ TOP RESULTS
400 meters: 4. Shaneikwa Jones 1:15. 300-meter hurdles: 2. Breana Gause 55.1. Shot put: 4. Courtney Johnson, 26-6. Long jump: 2. Shanae Frink, 16-1, regional qualifier.
WEST’S BOYS’ TOP RESULTS
100 meters: 2. Josh Johnson, 10.85, personal record. T. 5. Bradley Bell and Marc Cajuste, 11.22 (both regional qualifiers. 1,600 meters: 4. Juan Gonzalez, 5:42. 300-meter hurdles: 4. Jake Boudreau, 49.29. 200 meters: 1. Josh Johnson, 23.22; 2. Bradley Bell, 23.74. 400 meters: 2. Josh Johnson, 54.45; 3. Bradley Bell, 54.54; 5. Polo Colazzo, 57.07. 3,200 meters: 4. Juan Gonzalez, 12:48. Discus: 4. Cleveland Nolan, 109-0; 5. Kendrick Morgan, 103-0. 4x200 relay: 3. Cajuste, Boudreau, Tyquan Ash, Justin Bland, 1:39.7. 4x100: 1. Cajuste, Ash, Bell, Johnson, 44.45.
BEST AT ASHLEY
WILMINGTON—West’s sprinters won four events in a meet March 11 at Ashley High School. One of the highlights was 1-2-3 finish in the 200 meters by Josh Johnson, Bradley Bell and Marc Cajuste—all in personal-record times. Johnson (22.22 seconds) and Bell (22.94) qualified for the regional.
Johnson won the 100 in a personal-best 10.72 seconds. Bell and Johnson finished 1-2 in the 400. The group of Cajuste, Tyqyuan Ash, Bell and Johnson won the 4x100.
West also had a victory in the discus, with Dylan Bowman placing first at 117 feet, 9 inches.
“Our sprinters continue to dominate the conference and lead our scoring,” coach Yogi Hickman said.
“We have improved greatly in the distance events, led by Juan Gonzalez, and we are getting better in better in the field, with Dylan Bowman winning the discus and Tyquan Ash showing well in the jumps.”
WEST’S BOYS’ RESULTS
100 meters: 1. Josh Johnson, 10.72 (personal record, regional qualifier), 3. Bradley Bell, 11.19 (regional qualifier). 200 meters: 1. Josh Johnson, 22.22 (personal record and regional qualifier), 2. Bradley Bell, 22.94 (personal record and regional qualifier), 3. Marc Cajuste, 23.53 (personal record). 400 meters: 1. Bradley Bell 53.4. 2. Josh Johnson 53.55. 4x100: 1. Casuste, Tyquan Ash, Bell, Johnson 44.29. 4x200: 3. Jake Boudreau, Polo Colazzo, Justin Bland, Chas Dean 1:39.12. Discus: 1. Dylan Bowman 117-9. Long jump: 2. Tyquan Ash, 18-6 ½. Triple jump: 2. Tyquan Ash, 39-11 ½.
EVANS QUALIFIES FOR
THREE REGIONAL EVENTS
WILMINGTON—In a meet March 11 at Ashley High School, West’s Mariah Evans qualified for the regional in three events: the 200 meters, the long jump and the 4x100 (along with teammates Courtney Turner, Shanae Frink and Breana Gause).
“Our girls again showed great improvement,” coach Yogi Hickman said. “Kourtney Johnson had a great day in the field events with a third and a second. Mariah Evans and Shanae Frink both had a good day in jumps.
“Our young ladies continue to work hard, and it is paying off in points at the meet.”
WEST’S GIRLS’ RESULTS
Discus: 3. Kourtney Johnson, 60 feet. Shot put: 2. Kourtney Johnson, 27-5. 300-meter hurdles: Breana Gause, 55.22. 200 meters: 5. Mariah Evans, 27.39 (regional qualifier). Triple jump: 3. Shanae Frink, 30-10 1/2. Long jump: 2. Mariah Evans 15-10 (regional qualifier), 3. Shanae Frink 15-6 ½. 4x100: 2. Courtney Turner, Shanae Frink, Breana Gause, Mariah Evans 53.3 (regional qualifier).
WEST’S REGIONAL QUALIFIERS:
Josh Johnson: 100 meters (10.72), 200 meters (22.22).
Bradley Bell: 100 meters (11.19), 200 meters (22.94), 400 meters (53.4).
Marc Cajuste: 100 meters (11.22).
Shanae Frink: long jump (16-1).
Mariah Evans: 200 meters (27.39), triple jump (15-10).
Girls’ 4x100 (Courtney Turner, Shanae Frink, Breana Gause, Mariah Evans) 53.3.