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South’s Minor wins state title; West’s Stanley wins bronze

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By Michael Paul, Sports Editor

 GREENSBORO—South Brunswick junior Colin Minor won the shot put championship Saturday in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3A state track and field championships at the Irwin Belk Track at North Carolina A&T State University.

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Minor finished second in the discus throw.

West Brunswick freshman Tyler Stanley finished third in the high jump.

Minor won the shot put with a mark of 55 feet, 5 inches, a personal best. Last year, he was second (51-10.5). The Class 3A record is 60-4.25.

Minor finished second in the discus throw with a mark of 154-10. Last year, he was fifth (141-6). Mateius Brown, of Western Harnett, who was second this year to Minor in the shot put, won the discus throw this year with a mark of 155-09. The state record is 185-1.

Stanley was one of the surprises of the championships.

“I didn’t think I’d make state,” he said after he was presented his bronze medal.

“During regionals, when I saw the size of everybody else, I was sure I wouldn’t make it to sate,” he said. “When I saw the size of Jaquell (Bryant), I thought it was going to be 7 feet (to make state). He is 6-7.”

Bryant, of Rocky Mount, won the regional, but his height was 6-4. Stanley cleared 6-2, a personal best, and that was good enough for second and a trip to the state meet.

Stanley was one of many who entered the state meet Saturday having cleared 6-2 in the regionals.

“When I saw five people tied at 6-2, I knew probably a lot of them wouldn’t clear 6-0 because of nerves,” Stanley said. “I thought the (winning height) would be 6-6.”

Stanley, who also plays baseball, had extra time to practice for the meet because the baseball team was on a 10-day layoff. 

“Usually I have to go out in the mornings and practice because I have baseball in the afternoon,” he said. “I was able to work on the little things.”

As he thought, 6-2 was the pivotal height. He cleared it and then cleared 6-4, a personal best. Two other jumpers also cleared 6-4.

With the bar at 6-6, Stanley remained optimistic.

“I was thinking I could clear this,” he said. “I had (cleared) 6-6 at practice. But I just couldn’t get it today, because I was fatigued.”

Stanley finished third. Bryant cleared 6-6 and won the title.

Stanleycompetes in two other track and field events: the long jump (he was 11th at state) and the 100-meter run (he was unable to qualify for state). He said the high jump was “his best event now, but I hope to improve on my 100.”

He intends to continue to play baseball. This season on the junior varsity team, he batted .455 with an on-base average of .530. He had 15 RBIs and stole 15 bases.

“Hard work,” he said about succeeding in both sports at the same time. “And then you got to get good grades in school. It’s a lot of hard work and determination. I’m proud of where I am at right now for a freshman and I hope I can improve.”

For inspiration, Stanley can check the banner of state champions in the West Brunswick gym. Former Trojan Derek Frink set the NCHSAA Class 3A state record of 6-11 in the high jump in 1995 and former Trojan Jerek Hewett set the overall NCHSAA state record of 10.4 seconds in the 100 in 2005.

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Below are Brunswick County finishers, with champions’ times or distances.

Boys’ shot put: 1. Colin Minor, South Brunswick, 55-5; 2. Mateius Brown, Western Harnett, 52-6.

Boys’ discus throw: 1. Mateius Brown, Western Harnett, 155-9; 2. Colin Minor, South Brunswick, 154-10.

Boys’ high jump: 1. Jaquell Bryant, Rocky Mount, 6-6; 2. Cameron Butler, Robinson, 6-4; 3. Tyler Stanley, West Brunswick 6-4; 11. Malik Douglas, South Brunswick, 5-10.

Girls’ 1,600-meter run: 1. Blake Dodge, West Carteret, 4:59.35 (Class 3A record); 5. Carmen Hilliard, South Brunswick, 5:18.59.

Girls’ pole vault: 1. Brooke Shelton, Ledford, 11-6; 16. Avery Mavroudis, South Brunswick,  8-0.

Boys’ 1,600-meter run: 1. John Crossley, West Carteret, 4:21.25; 10. Grant Hufham, South Brunswick, 4:36.88.

Boys’ 3,200-meter run: 1. Tanis Baldwin, East Henderson 9:31.00; 11. Grant Hufham, South Brunswick, 10:18.00.

Boys’ long jump: 1. Frank Quarles, Douglas Byrd, 23-5; 11. Tyler Stanley, West Brunswick 20-6.

Boys’ 110-meter hurdles preliminaries: 12. Nolan Scoggins, West Brunswick, 15.82. Champion: Elijah Goins, Cox Mill, 14.67.