Tuesday, May 25, 2010

All Cabarrus track teams

Who can the fastest? Who can jump the highest? They are questions we have raced to find the answer to since most of us were kids.

This spring, hundreds of high school boys’ and girls’ in Cabarrus County competed week in and week out to find out who was the best of the best on the track, and in the field

The A.L. Brown boys’ track team, who finished second in the state last season, continued their tradition placing fourth overall at the 3A meet this year after winning the 3A Midwest Regional and the South Piedmont Conference (SPC) titles.

Senior Tavis Bailey led the way, claiming a repeat state championship in the discus, setting a state record with 185’ 1” throw. Wonders’ sophomore Jerrod Lipscomb sizzled in the hurdles with two top three finishes at states.

The A.L. Brown track team also ruled the SPC, winning the conference title, finishing fourth at the 3A Midwest Regional, but struggled at states finishing 22nd overall.

Hickory Ridge boasted the best individual performances claiming two individual state champions in Coye Still (Long Jump) and Taryn Stern (800-m run).

Robinson’s Erin Tucker also won a state title in the 110-meter hurdles breaking the state record, running a 14.54-second race.

Boys Player of the Year: Jerrod Lipscomb, A.L. Brown – After wowing the conference, region and state as a freshman last year, Jerrod Lipscomb has gotten even better this season.

Lipscomb, the 2010 SPC runner of the year, finished 2nd in the state in the 300-meter hurdles while taking 3rd-place in the 110-meter hurdles. Lipscomb also anchored the 4 X 200-meter relay squad to a fourth place finish at the state meet, bettering all his times from last year.

Lipscome won the 300 hurdles at the 3A Midwest Regional and finished second in both the 110 and 4 X 200 relay events at regionals.

Boys Coach of the Year: Noah Lyon, A.L. Brown – After coming just short of a regional and state title last season (both second place finishes), A.L. Brown coach Noah Lyon came into the season hoping to reach both milestones in the 2010.

While he didn’t get a state title this time, Lyon guided the Wonders to a 3A Midwest Regional title after finishing second in the 2008 and 2009. The Wonders also won the SPC crown in the first year of an all-Cabarrus county league.

All Cabarrus News Boys Track Team

100-meter dash: Jeremiah Walker, Northwest Cabarrus…2nd at regionals, trouble at states.

200-m dash: Damien Washington, A.L. Brown…sophomore already amongst region, state’s best.

400-m run: Ryan McClintock, Hickory Ridge…regional champ should get even better.

800-m run: Edwardo Navarro, J.M. Robinson…3rd at regionals, 12th at states.

1600-m run: Braedon Koerwitz, J.M. Robinson…regional champion finished 7th at states.

3200-m run: Koerwitz, J.M. Robinson…2nd at regionals, top 10 finish in state meet.

110-m hurdles: Jerrod Lipscomb, A.L. Brown…third in the state in this event.

300-m hurdles: Lipscomb, A.L. Brown…regional champ, 2nd at states.

Long Jump: Coye Still, Hickory Ridge*…state champion at 22’ 10’’.

Triple Jump: Trevor Anderson, Northwest Cabarrus…top 10 finish at states.

High Jump: Still, Hickory Ridge, second at regionals in this jump.

4 X 100 Relay: Robinson (Chris Caldwell, Dominique Bellamy, Evan Mojtabai, Antonio Francis)…2nd at states.

4 X 200 Relay: A.L. Brown (Tevin Jones, Dillon Robinson, Washington, Lipscomb)…4th at states.

4 X 400 Relay: Northwest Cabarrus (Richie Lane, Matt Savage, Grant Keyes, Richard Cotton)…four seniors go out amongst region, state’s best.

4 X 800 Relay: Robinson (Ryan Page, Jordan Larson, Navarro, Koerwitz)…distance squad finishes 6th at states.

Shot Put: Dakota Shoe, Hickory Ridge…regional champion

Discus: Tavis Bailey, A.L. Brown*…state champion set a new state record at 185-01.

Pole Vault: Alex Blackman, Northwest Cabarrus…sophomore has an even brighter future.

Girls Player of the Year: Erin Tucker, J.M. Robinson - Erin Tucker is fast. After speeding through her Robinson career as a standout sprinter, Tucker saved her best for last this year in her senior season.

Tucker won her first state championship in the 100-meter hurdles finishing with a new state record 14.54-second time. But Tucker also finished 5th in the 100-meter dash, 7th in the 200-meter dash and anchored the 4 X 400-meter relay team to a 10th-place finish at the state meet.

Girls Coach of the Year: Brian Landis, A.L. Brown – Brian Landis is used to winning championships. This year, the Wonder girls’ track and cross country coach added another award to his trophy case as Landis guided A.L. Brown’s girls’ track team to another SPC title.

Landis’ Wonder squad also finished 4th at the 3A Midwest Regional and 22nd in the state meet in Greensboro.

All Cabarrus News Girls Track Team

100-meter dash: Erin Tucker, J.M. Robinson…won regionals, fifth at states.

200-meter dash: Tucker, Robinson…won regionals, 7th at states.

400-meter run: Chekirra Holt, Robinson…junior finished 4th at regionals.

800-meter run: Taryn Stern, Hickory Ridge*…state champion by more than two seconds.

1600-meter run: Gesa Amelung, Mount Pleasant…9th place finish at the regional meet.

3200-meter run: Sierra Hagl, Northwest Cabarrus…regional winner also 10th at states.

100-meter hurdles: Tucker, Robinson*…state champion set a new state record with 14.54.

300-meter hurdles: Juanito Leto, Concord…junior jumper finished second at states.

Long Jump: Candra Mathis, Hickory Ridge…5th at states and it’s not even her best event.

Triple Jump: Mathis, Hickory Ridge...SPC field athlete of the year finished 2nd at states.

High Jump: Keona Artis, A.L. Brown…finishes 7th at states.

4 X 100 Relay: A.L. Brown (Tylivia Blackwelder, Raven Covington, Willie Rice, Derra Cowan)…finished 5th for first of two top 5 relay finishes at states.

4 X 200 Relay: A.L. Brown (Blackwelder, Covington, Cowan, Aziah Walker)…3rd at state meet.

4 X 400 Relay: Robinson (Tucker, Holit, Stefine Waife, Alyssa Lashway)…another top 10 finish for Bulldogs.

4 X 800 Relay: Robinson (Andrea McConnell, Meghan McCauley, Alex Hairfield, Lashway)…6th at region meet.

Shot Put: Jocelyn Parnell, Mount Pleasant…top 10 in states in two different throws.

Discus: Parnell, Mount Pleasant…4th in the state to end great career.

Pole Vault: Kayleigh Norris, Mount Pleasant…finished 10th in state as a sophomore.

*State Champion

-- Special Correspondent Jay Edwards