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CCC track: Salisbury girls dominate

By Bret Strelow
Salisbury Post
WALLBURG ó Salisbury’s girls track team lapped the field at the CCC championship meet Wednesday.
The Hornets finished with 209 points, more than twice the total accrued by second-place Ledford. It registered 99, and third-place North Rowan had 72.
Salisbury won nine of 18 events and captured its third straight CCC title one week after rolling to a second consecutive county crown.
“Nothing’s more significant than winning right now as hard as they worked today, and some of the girls got down because they didn’t win some events they’ve always won,” second-year Salisbury coach Trella McLean said. “They picked themselves back up, our field events picked up and I’m just proud of them coming off the county win, keeping that strong momentum going.”
Nickola Bradshaw finished second in an unsuccessful bid to repeat as the 200-meter champion, and she took third in the 100 behind North Rowan’s Corbin Bennett and Diamond Jackson. Salisbury’s 4×200 team, which won at the county meet and was going for a third straight victory at the CCC meet, finished second to North’s quartet of Bennett, Tatiana Banks, Cristen Jones and Tameisha Allen. The Hornets’ 4×100 team of Bradshaw, Lauren Caldwell, Chantelle Isaac and Symone Knox did manage to place first.Kia Rice (high jump) and Katherine Shields (3,200) accounted for two of Salisbury’s eight individual triumphs.
Standout freshmen Alisha Bradshaw and Dasia McGill picked up two victories apiece, with Bradshaw claiming first place in the shot put and discus.
McGill won the 100-meter hurdles and triple jump. She placed second in the 300 hurdles and long jump.
“She’s just outstanding,” McLean said.
McGill finished behind a Salisbury teammate when she didn’t win. Shi-Heria Shipp took first in the long jump, and sophomore Samantha Saulters beat McGill by 0.47 seconds in the 300 hurdles.
Saulters, a first-year member of the track team, settled for second behind McGill in the 100 hurdles.
“I’m not even going to lie, I am kinda mad about that,” she said with a laugh. “I don’t want a freshman to beat me. The 100 hurdles is hers, but you gotta beast on the 300 hurdles.”
Saulters also competed against a recent Salisbury graduate.
Her sister, Shawane, swept the two hurdles events last year as the Hornets accumulated 170 points at the conference meet.
“This is my first year, and I feel victorious,” Samantha Saulters said. “I always think I want to be better than my sister. We came out here, and I probably didn’t do better than her, but we still got equal to her, so I’m happy.”
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North’s Bennett, who has been bothered by a hip flexor and didn’t run the 100 at the county meet, edged Jackson by 0.04 seconds in that race Wednesday.
Banks beat East Davidson’s Ashley Slate by 0.15 seconds in the 400 and also joined Jones, Allen and Akevia Charleston on the victorious 4×400 team.

Contact Bret Strelow at 704-797-4258 or bstrelow@salisburypost.com.

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