West men’s track takes second at 2A Midwest Regionals
Published 10:49 am Wednesday, May 15, 2019
The 2019 2A Midwest Regional track meet Saturday at Surry Central proved to be challenging for the Rocky River Conference champion West Stanly track teams.
While the women had one athlete qualify for the state meet this week, the Colts men’s team fought to finish second, earning the runners-up plaque.
The Colts will run Saturday at North Carolina A&T in the 2A state meet.
West’s men’s squad improved on last season’s efforts at regionals, where the Colts earned just one point and finished last out of 24 teams.
The overall top finish of the event from West Stanly was the 4×800-meter relay team of Noah Almond, Arturo Zelaya, Korbin McNeill and Leo Martinez. The team took first in the event with a 8:33.64, besting Atkins by 2.5 seconds for the gold medals.
Martinez also qualified for the state meet in the 800-meter run, finishing second with a 2:05.34, 2.29 seconds behind Lake Norman Charter’s Riley Leprell.
Dalton Hatley punched his ticket to the state meet in the discus with his 131-feet, 1-inch effort, placing third in the meet.
Colts senior Sam Hinson placed third in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.96 seconds, qualifying for states.
Jordan Poole showed his speed in the 100-yard dash for West, taking third in 11.15 seconds.
West freshman Onii Bivens continued her strong first season for the Colts by qualifying for the state meet in the 400-meter run. Bivens placed third at regionals with a 1:02.90 finish.
The Colts had several fifth-place finishes, including the 4×800-meter relay team along with senior Pierson McManus finishing fifth in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs.