Rowan County Boys Track Meet: Lyerly steps up for East in win
GRANITE QUARRY — East Rowan track star Conor Honeycutt injured his ankle last week, leaving his team in a quandry for Tuesday’s county championship.
With Honeycutt only running in one event, someone else needed to step up for East. Fortunately for the Mustangs, senior Graham Lyerly rose to the occasion by winning the distance MVP Award and guiding his team to its second-straight county championship.
East won its sixth county title in the last seven years as it fought off runner-up North Rowan 146-125. Honeycutt only ran in the 1600 but had Lyerly and other teammates soften the blow.
“Conor would have run in four events for us,” East coach Rick Roseman said. “Graham stepped up and all our kids did. They scratched and clawed for everything.”
East recorded a huge day from Lyerly with a first-place finish in the 800-meter run and a runner-up spot in the 1600. Lyerly ran the 1600 before the 800 but sucked it up and gave the Mustangs valuable points.
“I ran the mile last Thursday for the first time in two years,” Lyerly said. “I had the option to do it today and I just wanted to get as many points for the team as I could.”
Lyerly pulled in a 2:06 for the 800, short of his 2:02 personal best, but good enough to edge West Rowan’s Scooter Gabriel. This was after a 4:48 1600 run.
“I got a little worn down from that,” Lyerly said. “I normally don’t do that.”
East’s Chase Brown won the high jump in addition to placing third in the 110 hurdles. Marshall Shank took the pole vault for the Mustangs with a leap of 13 feet. East got points in nearly every event and won the 4x800 relay and placed third in the 4x400.
“It was a total team effort,” Roseman said. “Going in on the performance list, North was 13 points better than us and all our kids came up big.”
Carson junior and defending state champion Myquon Stout set a county meet record in the shot put by throwing 58 feet, nine inches.
“I’ve been thinking about it for two weeks now,” Stout said. “I’ve been struggling a lot. I’ve had the indoor state meet on my mind. I’m trying to prove a point right now.”
Stout also won the discus with a 150-6 throw to claim MVP of the field events.
“This feels great,” Stout said. “Now I’m just waiting for the state championship meet.”
North’s Hunter Walker was the sprinting MVP winning the 110 and the 300 hurdles. Eric Gadson won the 200 run and the Cavaliers’ 4x200 team (Daylon Gray, Gadson, Robinson, Walker) was a first place-finisher.
The Mustangs’ 4x800 team (Deepan Patel, Lyerly, Josh Rowell, Justin Allen) finished in 8:40 to win and Lyerly-Jason Basso-Honeycutt finished 2-3-4 in the 1600.
West’s Raykwon Torrence won the 400 dash and the long jump. The Falcons won the 4x400 relay with Harvey Landy, Steven Kennedy, Torrence and Darius Gabriel leading the way. The Falcons finished third with 106 points. Salisbury (88), Carson (85) and South Rowan (4) finished 4-5-6.
Justin Ruffin had a good day for Salisbury, placing second in the 100 and third in the 200. Resean Bledsoe won the triple jump with a leap of 46-3.25. The Hornets also won the 4x100 relay.