Local relay teams win gold medals at state outdoor track and field meetings

WINTERVILLE, NC (WITN) – Greensboro hosted the high school track and field state championships last weekend. Riverside Martin’s Briley Bickerstaff won the 1600m and 3200m Class A races.

East Carteret girls placed 2nd in 2A, West Carteret boys placed 3rd.

Croatian boys took 2nd place in class 3A. The South Central boys placed 3rd in their 4 x 800m relay and took gold…

“It’s a great finish, we came in for the gold and we got the job done so it was really exciting, I’m glad to be doing it with the guys,” says South Central’s Cooper Kleckner.

“Basically, I just wanted to show up for my team and make them proud that we managed to get gold,” says South Central’s Matt Riggs.

“The heat was killer and it’s definitely affecting us, but it was good that everyone was dealing with the heat and we still ran an insanely good time,” said Falcons Elliott Kleckner.

“It was a lot of pressure because I didn’t want to lose the gap and I would love to lose,” said South Central’s Mario Delgado. “I’m glad I didn’t.”

South Central also had a state champion relay and the girls 4 x 200.

“I was always told not to sprint all the time,” says South Central’s Kya Walker. “Make moderate amounts. I was so nervous I forgot everything my coaches taught me throughout the season.”

“Oh, I sprinted all the way,” says Falcons Kayla Smith, “and I’ve had more.”

“I could hear my coach yell and take it home, take it home, take it home,” says South Central’s Shaliah Jones, “but not like her. I ran it the way he told me to.”

Unlike the boys, they had to wait. They were in the so-called slower heat.

“It’s a wonderful feeling to be in States and it’s running and you can watch them run. So we went to Coach Parker and he could only guess what he was, how you all won,” said South Central’s Kiarrah Williams. “Then Coach T went mad, he went mad. It was still a good feeling.”

Farmville Central also won the 4 x 200 in her class. A school record time of 1 minute 45.88 seconds by Kamaya Speight, Arianah Davis, Kamiyah Wooten and Shakeela Daniels.

Congratulations to all local track and field champions.

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