WENDELL -- Corinth Holders winter track and field squads dominated the area 1A/2A conference championships Thursday. Pirate entries won 21 events on the afternoon and outdistanced their competition for the team championships by 160 points in the girls portion and 97 points on the boys side.
“It was a great day to be a Pirate and a great day to coach an amazing group of young people,” said Corinth Holders coach Peter Clark. “We set team goals of capturing back-to-back Carolina Conference championships and the Corinth Holders teams did just that.”
The Pirate girls team was led by Marie Pickett, Essence Scott and Arden Vessie who all won multiple events.
Scott was the highest-scoring individual performer in the meet, winning four events. She took the long (15 feet, nine inches) and triple (32-5) jump crowns and won the 55- and 300-meter runs on the track in 7.81 and 46.88 seconds, respectively.
Pickett won the 55 hurdles (9.71) and the high jump (five feet).
Vessie rolled in the distance events, winning the 1,000 (3:18), the 1,600 (5:38) and the 3,200 (11:52). Vessie has the top time in the state in the 3,200 this year and will be among those running for state championships on Saturday in Winston-Salem.
Kendall Stephens picked up the pole vault gold, clearing seven feet. Megan Chappell ran a 1:30 in the 500 meters to give the Pirates another victory.
Corinth Holders also won the 4-by-800 (11:48) and 4-by-400 girls’ relays (5:01).
North Johnston’s girls were third with 38 team points, just ahead of Princeton (29). North’s 4x400 team finished second. Sara Stephenson was the runner up for North in the 1,000.
Princeton’s Jasmine Bombard was third in the triple jump and fourth in the long jump.
The Pirate boys team won the 4-by-800 (9:57.51) and the 4-by-400 (3:50) titles.
Anthony Mercado was a triple winner. He took the 1,000 in 3:11.19, the 1,600 in 5:07 and the 3,200 in 11:49.
Tre Hill also won the long (18-8) and triple (35-3) jumps for Corinth Holders.
North Johnston’s Alex Pilkington won the boys 300 in 37.53. He also tied with Cameron McDougald of Princeton in the 55 meters at 6.81 seconds.
The 55-meter hurdle title went to Jamaal Allen of Princeton in 8.51 seconds.
His teammate, Jordan Keene, won the pole vault championship. Princeton was third in the boys team standings and North Johnston was fifth.