Rowan County Girls Track Meet: East Rowan in full Blume
GRANITE QUARRY — East Rowan’s girls won their first county championship since 2000 Tuesday and they celebrated like it at midfield. After a long day of running, jumping and exchanging, the Mustangs weren’t too tired that they couldn’t relish in their first county crown in 13 years.
“We talked about everybody doing their part and everyone did,” said an overjoyed East coach Lu Gamewell. “It was a team effort.”
East finished with 140 points, 12 better than West Rowan. Freshman Faith Blume was the Distance MVP after winning the 800-meter run and placing second in the 1600. Blume scored 22 points by herself, anchoring the Mustangs to a win on their home turf.
“It’s good for my first year to experience this,” Blume said. “Endurance was what kept me going through the distance. All my training paid off.”
Blume was runner up to Carson’s Kelly Dulkoski in the 1600 and the two swapped places in the 800. She set a personal best in the mile run with a 5:51. The 800 she won in 2:36. Blume was also a part of the first-place 4x800 relay team and the second-place 4x400.
“It felt so much better than the 4x800,” Blume said. “I was warmed up and I knew what to expect. I realized it’s just like any other meet.”
“She scored more points probably than anyone in the track meet,” Gamewell said.
East gobbled up 24 points in the high jump by finishing 1-2-3. Brittany Small (5 feet, 4 inches) won the event with Melissa Greene the runner up and Jocelyn Lowe coming in third.
East’s Haley Gardner and Elizabeth Martin finished 2-3 in the discus and Shennell Pharr finished runner up in the long jump with Shenique Pharr placing fourth. Shenique Pharr and Katelyn Burgess were 3-4 in the triple jump
“We knew we had a chance,” Gamewell said. “Everybody had to show up and do it and we did.”
North Rowan had the top three finishes in the 100 hurdles. Alexis Mitchell won the event in :17.8 and Aleeyah Johniken placed second. Destiny Robinson was third.
Salisbury’s Cheyenne Gloster won the discus by a healthy margin after a 110-foot throw and shared Field MVP honors with teammate Bria Gardner who won the triple jump after jumping 32-9. Salisbury’s Zacola Hamilton placed second in the triple jump.
Salisbury had another MVP in Jalessa Smoot in the sprinting events. Smoot dominated the short runs by winning the 100, 200 and 400 dashes.
West Rowan freshman Khaila Hall won the long jump by leaping 16-4.25. Rebecca Parker won the 3200 by almost two minutes by finishing in 12:25. Parker, Emily Goddard, Hannah Allison and Brienna Owens gave WR a 4x800 relay win. West also won the 4x400 with a strong final leg from basketball star Shay Steele. The Falcons’ Allison Manley won the shot put with a 33-7 toss.
Carson (88) and Salisbury (84) took third and fourth. The Cougars won the 4x200 and 4x100 relays (Akia West, Mikala Simms, Autumn Pace, Paris Parks).
South’s Dakotah Lambert won the 300 hurdles in :53.8 seconds.