DANBURY — Mount Airy and East Surry took home plenty of hardware from the Northwest 1A Conference Championship Track and Field Meet held on June 8.
The Cardinal boys won the team championship in convincing fashion. East Surry’s boys finished with 149 points, which was 51 more than the second place team Mount Airy.
Schools were awarded 10 points for a first-place finish, 8 points for second place, 6 points for third place, 4 points for fourth place, 2 points for fifth place and 1 point for sixth place.
The Cardinal’s came close to a sweep, but the girls ended up finishing second behind North Stokes. The Lady Vikings finished with 145 points to East Surry’s 134.
The difference maker at the meet was the pole vault event. Of the four competitors in the event, three came from North Stokes. By finishing first, second and fourth, North Stokes was awarded 20 points to lift them over the Lady Cardinals.
North Stokes’ Ben Kelble was named Coach of the Year for the girls, and East Surry’s Andy Jessup won Boys Coach of the Year.
North Stokes’ Makayla Rogers was named Female Athlete of the Year for the second time in her high school career. Rogers also won the award in 2019 and was a favorite to win in 2020 before the season was cancelled.
Rogers won two gold medals by winning the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, while also taking second in the long jump and triple jump.
Mount Airy boasted the NW1A Male Player of the Year: senior William Mayfield. Mayfield won four gold medals for the Granite Bears, winning the 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters and long jump.
The point leader for East Surry’s boys was senior Tye Needham. Needham won individual gold in the high jump as well as two relay races. Needham teamed with Layton Allen, Kyle Zinn and Tristan Harless to win gold medals in the 4×100 and 4×200 relays.
Harless also finished second in the triple jump for his third medal. In addition to Needham and Harless, Isaiah Arrington also won three medals. Arrington finished second in the 400 meters as well as the 4×400 and 4×800 relays.
The 4×400 team consisted of Arrington, Colby Johnson, Jacob Haywood and Joshua Parker, while the 4×800 squad was made up of Arrington, Haywood, Sean McCain and Cade Talton.
Four other Cardinal boys medaled at the conference championship. Cooper Motsinger and Benji Gosnell each won two: Motsinger earned gold in the 1600 and 3200 meters, while Gosnell finished first in the 110 hurdles and third in the triple jump.
Sam Whitt and Isaac Vaden rounded out the team’s podium appearances with strong performances in field events. Whitt won gold in shot put and Vaden finished third in discus throw.
In addition to Mayfield’s four medals, Mount Airy freshman Blake Hawks also made four appearances on the podium. Hawks won the triple jump, then had the unfortunate pleasure of facing his teammate Mayfield in three events.
The freshman held his own against the upperclassmen, though. Hawks took second in the long jump by finishing four inches behind Mayfield, third in the 100 meters by finishing .02 seconds behind the Winston-Salem Prep’s Nathan Cathcart and third in the 200 meters with a .01 seconds finish behind Cathcart.
Fellow Bear freshman Caden Ratcliff won a pair of medals. Ratcliff took second in the 800 meters and third in the 4×200 with teammates Damien Harris, Noah Lambert and Bryson Coleman.
Faith Braithwaite led East Surry’s girls with four total medals. The Cardinal freshman won individual gold in the 100 and 200 meters, as well a gold medal in the 4×100 with Bella Hutchens, Jamariah Lowery and Ember Midkiff.
Braithwaite, Hutchens, Midkiff and Arianna Liberatore won a silver medal in the 4×200 relay.
The Lady Cardinals also had a relay team take second in the 4×800. The squad of Addyson Sechrist, Sophie Hutchens, Tara Martin and Madeline Dayton earned silver by finishing just two seconds behind a team from Bishop McGuinness.
Chloe Ann Tew won the team’s remaining gold in the high jump.
Four more Lady Cards finished on the podium in individual events: Jamariah Lowery finished second in the 100 hurdles, Hannah Johnston took silver in the discus throw, Liberatore got bronze in the long jump and Maci Martin finished third in the 100 hurdles.
Two Lady Bears won medals for Mount Airy.
Gracie Butcher won two events, the long jump and triple jump, while Sydney Seagraves took home the gold medal for shot put.
Full meet results can be viewed at https://bit.ly/3vdOt2P