Colts participate in RRC  preseason opener at Forest Hills

Photo by JOHNNY MCMANUS

Colt runners Pierson McManus, left, hands off to Hannah Efird in the 3,200-meter relay event. The Colts team ran a season best time of 11:27 for a 20-second victory of second place CATA.

With the Easter holidays and spring break complete, the spring sports season kicked into high gear for the high schools across the county.

The West Stanly track team started this part of the season with the Rocky River Conference preseason opener. All six schools were available to give the coaches and athletes an early season look at what the competition in the new RRC will be like.

Newcomers to the RRC, Anson High and East Montgomery joined Mount Pleasant, Central Academy of Technology and Arts, West Stanly and host Forest Hills High for this first conference matchup.

The weather was warm and pleasant for a spring sporting event. The team scores for the meet were: Women: Anson 148, Mt. Pleasant 142, West Stanly 90, Forest Hills 65, CATA 51 and East Montgomery 28; Men: Mount Pleasant 139.5, Anson 127.5, Forest Hills 102, CATA 98, West Stanly 60, and East Montgomery 20.

The Colts used the meet as a chance to move many of their athletes around to test them in new events. The Colts established a lot of personal records or season bests.

The running events started with the women’s 3,200-meter relay. The Colt foursome of Pierson McManus, Hannah Efird, Maddie Miller and Rachel Efird continued to be hard to beat. The group ran a season second-best time of 11:27 for a 20-second victory over second place CATA.

The Colt men of Arturo Zelaya, Noah Almond, Korbin McNeill and Michael Eudy ran 9:15 for third place.

The field events were in full swing by the time the relay finished, with the Colts experiencing a lot of success. Dalton Hatley had the only Colt field event victory. Hatley tossed the discus a personal record 135-2.

Other Colt scorers in the field events for the women were Carmen Bishop 4-10, second place, and Dani Moss 4-8 for fourth place in the high jump, Bishop 14-7, second place, and Rylie Eaglen 12-7, sixth place in the long jump, and Madison Kee’s 31-3 third place in the triple jump.

Scorers for the Colt men in the field events other than Hatley were Trevor Kelly 5-8, second place, and Eli Wallace 5-2, sixth place in the high jump.

Moss and Bishop continued to score for the Colts in the sprints as Moss sprinted to a personal-record fourth place 13.24 in the 100 meters and Bishop dropped her 200-meter personal-record to 28.87 for sixth place. Kee ran a personal-record 1.10.59 for fourth place in the 400 meters.

McManus followed her relay 800-meter leg by running a season-best 2:51 fourth place in the open 800 meters. Teammate Kaylee Hartsell continues to drop her time, running 2.54 for fifth, with Brooklyn Simpson close behind 3:03 for sixth. Simpson also grabbed a fourth place in the 1,600 meters in 6:35 with Peyton Hill in fifth place at 7:06.

The 3,200-meter race had Maddie Miller and Rachel Efird racing the longer distance for the first time in their careers.

Miller ran 14:06 for second place and Efird was 14:07 for third place.

The hurdle races saw Carmen Bishop run 19.40 in the high hurdles for fourth place and Annaylce Medlin in 19:74 for sixth place, both personal records. In the 300-meter hurdles, Hannah Efird ran a 56.70 for fifth.

In the running events for the Colt men, Collin Cooper was the standout. Cooper ran a personal-record 53.08 in the 400 meters, gaining a win for his effort. Eryah Turkvan was fifth in a personal-record 54.93. Colt Arturo Zelaya in the 800-meter race had a personal-record 2:11 for second place, with Michael Eudy running 2:18 for sixth place.

The Colts also had men distance runners race the 3,200-meter for the first time, with Korbin McNeill running a strong 11:41 for third place. Noah Almond ran 12:18 for fifth.

The Colt men 400-meter relay, 800-meter relay and 1600-meter relay teams all finished fifth.

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