Albemarle claims track regional championship

Published 10:06 am Monday, May 15, 2023

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Davie County High School hosted the NCHSAA Midwest Regional track and field meet on Saturday, with local Yadkin Valley Conference schools Albemarle, Gray Stone Day and South Stanly competing.

Albemarle captured the girls regional championship decisively, posting 118 points to runner-up North Rowan’s 90. Gray Stone finished fifth with 37 points, with South Stanly in the No. 18 spot with 8 points.

In boys competition, Albemarle and South Stanly finished fourth and fifth, with 55 and 49 points respectively. Gray Stone’s 18 points were good for 13th place. Yadkin Valley Conference foe Union Academy took the boys championship, posting 89 points.


Albemarle was led by sophomore Dre Davis, who sprinted to first place finishes in the 100-meter (10.68) and 200-meter (21.79) events. Senior teammate C.J. Ellis captured first in the 300-meter hurdles (40.46), while junior Miles Gregory paced the shot put field with a toss of 48-foot-8.5.

Junior South Stanly runner Joshawa Huneycutt captured first place in the 1,600-meter (4:30.96) and 3,200-meter (9:55.34) runs, while taking second place in the 800-meter event (2:03.99) to pace the SSHS individual point production in the meet.

The Bulls’ 4 x 400 relay team of Eli Thompson, Joseph Misenheimer, Jameel Shaheed and Tristan Patterson also posted a first place finish, tallying a time of 3:33.63.

Andrew Bitzer of Gray Stone posted the Knights’ top finish of the day in the 100-meter event, posting a time of 11.14 seconds, good for fourth place.


For regional champion Albemarle, senior Akayla Garrett posted three top individual finishes in addition to running one segment of the Bulldogs’ first-place 4 x 400 relay team. Garrett paced the field in the 200-meter dash (24.18), the 100-meter hurdles (13.47), and the 300-meter hurdles (41.61).

Bulldogs sophomore Jasmine Brown earned two first-place medals, in the discus throw (108-foot-10) and the shot put (36-foot-7.75).

Senior MaryGrace Krol captured first-place in the long jump, flying 16-foot-1.5. Sophomore Amari

Baldwin captured Albemarle’s remaining first-place honor, soaring 36-foot-6.5 in the triple jump.

Third place individual finishes were posted by freshman Nykeria Dunlap (2:39.53) in the 800-meter run, and by Krol (1:01.05) in the 400-meter run.

The Bulldogs 4 x 400 relay squad, captured top billing with a time of 4:03.12, and included Amari Baldwin, Abigail Clayton, Garrett and Krol. In addition, the 4 x 200 relay squad, made up of Krol, Clayton, Majestic Moultrie and Nevaeh Thomas earned second-place honors with a 1:51.43 time.

For Gray Stone, sophomore Taylor Holt finished third in the triple jump (33 feet), while junior Hailey Dry posted two fifth-place finishes (100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles).

South Stanly’s Katherine Cupples posted a sixth-place effort in the long jump (14-foot-10), and seventh-place in the triple jump (31-foot-9), accounting for five of the Bulls’ eight points.

Girls – NCHSAA 1A – Team Rankings – 18 Events Scored
1) Albemarle 118
2) North Rowan 90
3) Union Academy 66.50
4) Bishop McGuinness 49
5) Gray Stone Day 37
6) Elkin 36
7) Eastern Randolph 35
8) Alleghany 33
9) South Stokes 32
10) Corvian Community School 27
11) Winston-Salem Prep Academy 26
12) East Wilkes 25
13) Mount Airy 22
13) Cornerstone Charter 22
15) North Stokes 16
16) Starmount 15
17) College Prep Leadership 9
18) South Stanly 8
19) Millennium Charter Academy 2.50
Boys – NCHSAA 1A – Team Rankings – 18 Events Scored
1) Union Academy 89
2) Mount Airy 62
2) Corvian Community School 62
4) Albemarle 55
5) South Stanly 49
5) Carver 49
7) South Davidson 46
8) North Rowan 41
9) Elkin 32
10) Bishop McGuinness 30
11) Starmount 29
12) North Stokes 20
13) Gray Stone Day 18
14) East Wilkes 16
15) South Stokes 15
15) Thomasville 15
17) Queen’s Grant 10
18) NC Leadership Academy 9
19) Sugar Creek Charter 7
20) College Prep Leadership 5
20) Millennium Charter Academy 5
22) Cornerstone Charter 4
23) Eastern Randolph 2
24) Winston-Salem Prep 1