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West competes in indoor track

With indoor track athletes running out of opportunities to qualify for the NC 1A/2A state championships the West teams traveled to Forest Hills Jan. 17.

The meet served as a preview for the Rocky River Conference indoor championships with five of the six schools competing along with Metrolina Christian Academy.

Women team scores were Anson 120, West Stanly 89, Central Academy 60, Mount Pleasant 58, Forest Hills 33 and Metrolina Christian 4.

Men team scores were Central Academy 139, West Stanly 60, Mount Pleasant 60, Anson 60, Metrolina Christian 43 and Forest Hills 8.

Outstanding women performances came from freshman Onii Bivens who leaped to a personal-record 13-9 in the long jump for first place, a third-place 7.61 in the 55-meter dash and a third-place 46.49 in the 300-meter race.

Bivens joined Maddie Miller, Jordan Johnson and Natalie Almond for a second-place 4:41 in the 1,600-meter relay.

Senior Maddie Miller picked up an individual win in the 1,000-meter race. Miller dominated the competition from the gun, winning by a half of a lap while running a season-best 3:30.

Amy Henry ran a personal-record 4:13 for second place, with teammate Taylor Lykke running a personal-record 4:18 for fourth place.

Freshman Natalie Almond ran a personal-record 6:00 for the 1,600-meter race, with Colt junior Katherine Pollard finishing in second place at 6:26.

Sophomore Madison Kee had another standout day with a victory in the triple jump at 30-1/2, third place in the long jump at 12-10 and a fourth place in the 500 meters in a personal-record 1:34.

The top finisher for the Colts on the men’s side was senior Noah Almond.

Almond continued to drop his time, running a personal-record 2:56 in the 1,000 meters.

The Colt senior then joined fellow distance teammates Leo Martinez and Arturo Zelaya, along with Colt sprinter Christian Bowden, to qualify for the state meet running a 3:46 in the 1,600-meter relay.

The three distance runners along with Korbin McNeill had qualified earlier this season in the 3,200-meter relay. Martinez finished in third place behind Almond in the 1,000 meters in a personal-record 2:59, while Zelaya was fifth in a personal-record 3:10. Bowden grabbed a fourth earlier in the meet in the 55-meter dash with a 6.81.

Jason Henriquez placed in both the long and triple jumps with a third-place 15-11 long jump and a personal-record 32-10 for fifth in the triple jump. Noel Medina scored with two personal records in two sprinting events. The junior ran 6.84 for fifth in the 55-meter dash and 40.34 for sixth in the 300-meter dash.

Austin Huneycutt at 5:28 and Daniel Brattain 5:35 grabbed third and fourth place in the 1,600-meter race.

Ashton Kennedy tossed the shot put 36-4 ½ for third place.

Collin Cooper, back from injury, ran a personal-record 1:14.5 for fourth place in the 500-meter dash.

Seth Turner ran a personal record 10.01 for fifth place in the 55-meter hurdles. The top six finisher scored points for their team.