4-A track championships: Kamrani, Krah, Peterkin win titles
The East Chapel Hill boys were the only area team to medal in the state 4-A track and field championships at N.C. A&T’s Irwin Belk Track on Saturday.
The Wildcats’ fairly distant fourth-place finish actually was saying something in the context of the fierce stable of runners from Knightdale who won it all.
Area athletes fared better in individual events as Pegah Kamrani (ECH, 3200), Marcus Krah (Hillside, long jump) and Jalen Peterkin (Southern, shot put) won titles.
Knightdale’s third straight N.C. High School Athletic Association championship included a punishing performance by its 4x400-meter relay team that dusted the field in 3:12.87, rubbing out a record time of 3:13.92 set by Hillside in 1987.
Fayetteville Terry Sanford (51) was the runner-up, and Charlotte Mallard Creek (40) placed third out of the 60 schools competing.
Among the 49 girls’ teams that competed, Southeast Raleigh (89 points) beat Wakefield (82) for the top spot, followed by Winston-Salem Parkland (58). Raleigh Broughton, Asheville T.C. Roberson and Apex shared fourth place with 35 points apiece.
The competition was thick and deep both for the boys and girls, and the student-athletes from schools in Durham and Orange counties had to get in where they fit in, which nearly included a state record in the 3200 from Kamrani.
Stadium announcer Al Royster added a layer of drama by informing the crowd that Kamrani in the final 200 meters was on the verge of rewriting history, and she heard him, too.
“That’s why I was just going as fast as I could on that last lap,” Kamrani said. “I think in the beginning, I got really boxed in in the first 100, and I had to go around. … I think that cut my time off by a lot. But I ran 10:45 earlier this season. So I did technically get the record, but not at the state meet.”
Kamrani wasn’t even breathing very hard after finishing first, while some of girls who couldn’t catch her during the race were laid out on the infield hoping to have better success at catching their breath.
Peterkin, a lineman for Southern’s football team, threw his weight around — the 12-pound shot that is — and won the state shot put championship with a toss of 59 feet, 6 inches. It was a vast improvement over his 53-11 best at the recent PAC-6 4-A championships.
“I just needed to critique some things,” Peterkin explained.
At that PAC-6 shot put competition, the athlete folks were talking about was ECH’s Jon Beyle, whose 57-2 effort secured the conference title.
But Beyle wasn’t himself at the state championships. No doubt, he threw a solid 57-00.75, good enough for third place — just not good enough for him, the defending state champ in both the shot and discus.
“I won both last year, and I really should have defended both this year. But it just wasn’t my day, I guess,” Beyle said, gracious in defeat. “I’m about as baffled as anyone.
“Everyone just has their days. I felt like I was doing a lot of things right, but it just wasn’t happening for me.”
Beyle finished second in the discus throw (169-11) to Jamestown Ragsdale’s Winston Craig (182-1).
Hillside’s Krah is young but he’s ready. The only freshman at the long-jump pit, his best of 23-1 was more than good enough to win the state title.
ECH’s Ryan Brady ran two miles in 9:28.62 for third place. His teammate, Sam Miner, medaled in the mile, grabbing fourth place in 4:21.85.
Will Buckley picked up some points for ECH with a fourth-place medal in the 100 (10.72).
PAC-6 girls’ shot-put champ Régene Watson finished fourth in the state (40-04.25) in that event. Western Guilford’s Breanna Warren threw it the farthest (43-10.25).
NOTES — The top four finishers in each individual event are invited to the champions podium and awarded a medal at NCHSAA championship track meets.
NCHSAA 4-A Championships
(Winning time, plus top 10 area finishers)
100 — No. 1 10.56, 4th William Buckley (East Chapel Hill) 10.72. 200 — No. 1 21.39, 8th Maurice Trowell (Southern) 22.33. 1600 — No. 1 4:13.03, 4th Sam Miner (ECH) 4:21.85. 3200 — No. 1 9:19.71, 3rd Ryan Brady (ECH) 9:28.62, 7th Nikolaus Kreiling (Jordan) 9:45.19. 110 hurdles — No. 1 14.40, 8th Marcus Krah (Hillside) 18.89. 4x100 — No. 1 41.30, 6th Riverside (Marqualess Goldston, Darius Smiley, Marquis Burton, Tavares Tucker) 42.66, 8th East Chapel Hill (Edie Vandy, Jon Beyle, Jerry Ching, William Buckley) 42.95. 4x200 — No. 1 1:26.81, 6th East Chapel Hill (Edie Vandy, Khari Battle, Jerry Ching, William Buckley) 1:29.17. Long jump — 1. Marcus Krah (Hillside) 23-1, 3rd Marqualess Goldston (Riverside) 22-7.5. Triple jump — No. 1 46-8, 8th Marqualess Goldston 43-3, 9th Marcus Krah (Hillside) 43-2.5. Shot put — 1. Jalen Peterkin (Southern) 59-06, 3rd Jon Beyle (ECH) 57-0.75, 6th Myles Braswell-Sample (Northern) 53-3.75. Discus — No. 1 182-1, 2nd Jon Beyle (ECH) 169-11, 10th Bajon Aatnite (Riverside) 139-1.
Team scoring (top 3 plus area finishers) — 1. Knightdale 68, 2. Terry Sanford 51, 3. Mallard Creek 40 ... 4. East Chapel Hill 34, 21. Southern 11, 24. Riverside 10, 43. Northern 3, 50. Jordan 2.
(Winning time, plus top 10 area finishers)
200 — No. 1 23.95, 8th Atlanta Woodall (Riverside) 25.78. 3200 — 1. Pegah Kamrani (East Chapel Hill) 10:47.60. 300 hurdles — No. 1 42.72, 10th, Taleya Harris (Hillside) 45.88. Triple jump — No. 1 38-7, 7th Zuri White (Northern (36-11.5), 9th Charity Shaw (Southern) 35-9.5. Shot put — No. 1 43-10.25, 4th Régene Watson (Southern) 40-4.25. Discus — No. 1 142-7, 9th Koffia Lipscomb (Northern) 110-2.
Team scoring (top 3 plus area finishers) — 1. SE Raleigh 89, 2. Wakefield 82, 3. Parkland 58 ... 19. East Chapel Hill 10, 31. Southern 5, 38. Northern 2.