Northern girls, Jordan boys lead PAC-6 track
The white lines painted on the shot-put pit at Riverside only went to 55 feet, as if nobody expected that East Chapel Hill’s Jon Beyle would show up to throw.
Beyle blew away the competition, launching his 12-pound sphere 57 feet, 2 inches to win the PAC-6 shot-put title during Tuesday’s portion of the conference championships.
The main competition took place in the field events, while preliminary running and hurdle events set up today’s finals, where Riverside sophomore sprinter Atlanta Woodall — unbeaten in the PAC-6 this season — will be one to watch.
Woodall ran the 100-meter dash preliminary in 12.09, the state’s fastest high school time this season, Riverside assistant coach Omar Beasley said.
There were final results in both the girls’ and boys’ 3,200 relays, both won by ECH with times of 10:34.29 and 8:09.66, respectively.
After Day 1, Northern leads the PAC-6 girls with 68 points, with Southern and Jordan tied for second with 35, followed by ECH (32).
The Jordan boys posted 48 points to lead ECH (44) and Riverside (39).
Beyle, a senior who will throw at North Carolina, set an indoor state record in the shot put with a 61-10 toss. During the 2012 outdoor season, Beyle won the state title in both the shot put and the discus.
At the PAC-6 championships, Beyle said he was looking to get in some good throws and secure first-place points for ECH.
“Been in a little slump,” Beyle said.
Beyle grabbed a discus and got in a groove, setting a personal record while winning the championship with a throw of 183-03.
And there was that time that Beyle picked up his shot put and threw the thing into a nearby fence, which stopped the progress of the heavy metal that soared 56-08.
Southern’s Charity Shaw covered 35-8 to win the league’s triple-jump title, and then she eased over to the track and qualified for today’s 100-meter hurdles in 15.77.
“This is my first time doing the triple jump,” Shaw said.
It was her second conference championship, accompanying a 100-meter title that she picked up as a freshman, Shaw said.
Northern triple jumper Zuri White had a bead on Shaw and the conference crown.
“I was in first the whole flight, but her last jump was better than mine,” White said.
White, whose best jump was 35-6.50, had one last shot to catch Shaw.
“I scratched,” White said.
Hillside freshman Marcus Krah won the boys’ triple-jump title, getting up 44-2.50. He said he has jumped farther than 47 feet, and a PAC-6 title so early in his high school career won’t stop him from going after higher heights.
“I’m still going for at least a 50 by the time I get out of here,” Krah said.
Southern high jumper Terrance Bradsher cleared 6 feet to go out with a conference championship during his senior year.
“I’ve done 6-6 before,” Bradsher said.
PAC-6 Championship (Boys)
1st of 2 Days
Top 3 Individual Finishers
High jump—Terrance Bradsher (R) 6-0, Lenzie Atkins (J) 5-10, Joey Shafer (J) 5-8. Long jump—Marcus Krah (H) 22-5.25, Trevon McLary (J) 22-4.5, Marqualess Goldston (R ) 21-11.5. Triple jump—Krah 44-02.50, Al Hughes (R) 44-0.50, Goldston 44-0. Discus—Jon Beyle (ECH) 183-3, Kourtney Farrow (N) 146-3, Jalen Peterkin (S) 141-9. Shot put—Beyle 57-2, Peterkin 53-11, Myles Braswell-Sample (N) 50-9.5. Pole vault—Jesse Mechanic (ECH) 12-0, Shafer 8-6, Calvin Affleck (J) 8-6. 4x800 relay—East Chapel Hill 8:09.66, Jordan 8:13.31, Riverside 8.41.64.
1st Day Team Leaders — 1. Jordan 48; T-2. East Chapel Hill and Southern 44; 4. Riverside 39; 5. Northern 28; 6. Hillside 24; 7. Person 2.
PAC-6 Championship (Girls)
1st of 2 Days
Top 3 Individual Finishers
High jump—Jordyn Brown (J) 5-2, Zuri White 5-0, Tamara Thorpe 5-0. Long jump—Imari McLean (H) 17-6.50, White 17-2, Charity Shaw 17-2. Triple jump—Shaw 35-, White 35-6.5, Thorpe 34-5.5. Discus—Koffia Lipscomb (N) 104-2, Régene Watson (S) 95-7, Jazmine Freeny 86-4. Shot put—Watson 36-3.5, Taylor Blake (J) 32-6.5, Lipscomb 28-9.5. 4x800—East Chapel Hill 10:34.29, Jordan 10:44.76, Riverside 12:22.69.
1st Day Team Leaders — 1. Northern 72; T-2. Southern and Jordan 35; 4. East Chapel Hill 32; 5. Riverside 19; 6. Hillside 14.