Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Lake Norman all-star track team

The 2010 N.C. high school outdoor track season was another record-breaking season all over the state. Some of the states’ best athletes and teams could be found right here in the Lake Norman News area.

The Hopewell (I-Meck) and East Lincoln (Southern Piedmont) boys’ track teams again dominated the track, winning conference titles. The Mustangs also added their second consecutive 2A Western Regional title to their resume. The Titans were nearly as impressive finishing 3rd in the 4A West Regional and 5th overall in the state meet in Greensboro.

On the girls’ side, East Lincoln rolled through their conference winning the league meet by 166 points. The Mustangs also finished fourth in the region and 17th at the state meet.

Hopewell was the most consistent girls’ squad from the I-Meck in regional and state competition, finishing 15th in both meets.

Boys Player of the Year: Anthony Bynum, Hopewell – Anthony Bynum has always been fast. But this year, the Hopewell sprinter was even more speedy as he established himself as one of the state’s top runners.

Bynum not only won the 100 and 200-meter dashes at the 4A West Regional, but also finished second in the 200 and fourth in the 100 at the state meet.

Bynum also helped anchor both the 4 X 200-meter relay team that finished second in the state meet, narrowly losing to Vance.

The most exciting part is that Bynum, a junior, has another year as a Titan to get even faster.

Boys Coach of the Year: Lonnie Custer, East Lincoln - Lonnie Custer is used to winning and winning often. In the last five seasons, his East Lincoln boys’ track team has won the Southern Piedmont conference and Lincoln County championships every year.

This year, Custer led the Mustangs to their second consecutive 2A West Regional title as well.

East Lincoln, who has a second and third place finish at states in the last five years, did not excel as state this time around, placing 27th overall.

All Lake Norman News Boys Track Team

100-meter dash: Grant Nowell, Hopewell…nearly just as fast as his teammate Anthony Bynum.

200-meter dash: Anthony Bynum, Hopewell…Won regional, 2nd at states.

400-meter run: Corey Silvestri, Hopewell…top 10 finish at regionals.

800-meter run: Brandon Dunford, Hopewell…third at regionals in a loaded event.

1600-meter run: Brather Cline, East Lincoln…distance specialist on a fast team.

3200-meter run: Josh Cox, Mooresville…6th-place regional finish ends a solid career.

110-meter hurdles: Tyriq Jackson, Hopewell…junior will be one of state’s best next year.

300-meter hurdles: Cody Locklear, Mooresville…another strong Blue Devil runner.

Long Jump: Isaiah Johnson, Mooresville…basketball star shows he can jump on the track too.

Triple Jump: Preston Perry, East Lincoln…Mustangs’ football star also shines on the track.

High Jump: Dylan Maloney, Lake Norman…top 5 finish at regionals, top 10 at states.

4 X 100 Relay: Mooresville (Marshawn Edwards, Bakary Torrence, Donte Smith, I. Johnson)…4th at the 4A regionals.

4 X 200 Relay: Hopewell (Darius Neely, Tyjuan Hill, G. Nowell, A. Bynum)…just behind Vance’s state championship team.

4 X 400 Relay: Hopewell (Dunford, Silvestri, Neely, Bynum)…combination of speed and distance running was lethal at times.

4 X 800 Relay: East Lincoln (Hunter Thomas, Derek Marsh, Greg Kielar, Cline)…2A regional champs.

Shot Put: Austin Culp, East Lincoln…Mustangs’ running back shows his strength here too.

Discus: Evan Henderson, Hopewell…senior finishes 6th at regionals.

Pole Vault: Kyle Shano, Mooresville…7th-place regional finish.

Girls Player of the Year: Briana Brazile, North Mecklenburg – Briana Brazile can run and jump with the best of them in North Carolina. This month, she showed just how good and how versatile she can be placing in the top 8 of four different events at both the 4A regional and state track meets.

Brazile dominated the 4A West regional meet first winning the 300-meter hurdles, finishing second in the 100-meter hurdles and the 4 X 200 relay race. The North Meck senior led her team to a 3rd-place finish in the 4 X 400 relay.

At states, Brazile continued to impress finishing 4th in the 300 hurdles, 6th in the 100 hurdles, 7th in the 4 X 200 and 8th in the 4 X 400 relay.

Girls Coach of the Year: Lawrence Lawson, North Mecklenburg – The North Meck track team is used to being amongst the top program’s in the state. Second-year coach Lawrence Lawson is keeping them there. Lawson, whose team competed in their first-year in the I-Meck conference, finished third in his own conference, but still managed to guide the Vikings to 8th-place finish at the Western Regionals and 19th overall at states

All Lake Norman News Girls Track Team

100-meter dash: Kiandra Long, East Lincoln…basketball star has major speed on track.

200-meter dash: Mircale Campbell, South Iredell…Vikings only regional champion.

400-meter run: Lindsey Lang, North Mecklenburg…sophomore already make waves.

800-meter run: Kelsie Rubino, Lake Norman…major part of strong distance team.

1600-meter run: Jenny Gallagher, Lake Norman…senior caps great career with 3rd at regionals, 11th at states.

3200-meter run: Sabrina Heck, Lake Norman…freshman took 13th-place at region meet.

110-meter hurdles: Leondra Pridgen, Mooresville…Co-Most Outstanding runner at Iredell Co. meet.

300-meter hurdles: Briana Brazile, North Mecklenburg…one of the state’s best hurdlers.

Long Jump: Aisha Cannon…senior jumper can do it all, will take talents to Brown Universtiy.

Triple Jump: Cannon, Mooresville…regional champion in this event.

High Jump: Mariah Ferrer, Mooresville...did a little bit of everything for Blue Devils.

4 X 100 Relay: East Lincoln (Jasmine McClain, Kiara Bailey, Rekay White, Long)…2nd-place regional finish for fast team.

4 X 200 Relay: North Mecklenburg (Alexis Jordan, Trikeria Johnson, Brazile, Lang)…2nd in region, 7th at states.

4 X 400 Relay: North Mecklenburg (Alice Rademacher, Kalyn Bishop, Carol Dukes, Jenna Parker )…4th at regionals.

4 X 800 Relay: Lake Norman (Rubino, Gallagher, FILL, FILL) …strong distance team finished 5th at regionals.

Shot Put: Lindsy Wright, East Lincoln…going to Wake Forest on basketball scholarship..

Discus: Jaya Emerson, Hopewell…senior one of state’s best shot put and discus throwers.

Pole Vault: Elizabeth Rodes, Mooresville…sophomore has a bright future in this event.

-- Special Correspondent Jay Edwards