NPC track: Barger leads East boys to third place
Mooresville claimed both team titles at the NPC championship track meet, and Daishion Barger led East Rowan’s boys to a third-place finish.
Three schools dominated the boys competition, and Mooresville won with 145 points. Northwest Cabarrus totaled 124, and East had 119. No other team amassed more than 39.
Barger accounted for a meet-high 30 points. He won the 110 hurdles (14.45 seconds) and 200 dash (21.93). He was second in the 100 (11.10) and fifth in the long jump (19 feet, 61/2 inches)
Barger won the 110 hurdles by half a second, and no other finalist in the 200 broke 23 seconds. Statesville’s Greg Chambers won the 100 with a time of 10.84.
Nathan Robbins also won two events for East. His throw of 139-21/2 in the discus beat second place by more than 12 feet. Robbins, with a toss of 45-7 in the shot put, edged teammate Sam Sherman by one inch.
East’s other first-place finishes came from Keith Leonard (12-6 in the pole vault) and Ben Hancock (51.92 in the 400). Joseph Furtado took second in the 400 by one-hundredth of a second.
Hancock, Furtado, Justin Holshouser and Evan Hiatt were members of the second-place team in the 4×400 relay.
South Rowan, which was fifth in the team standings, picked up a win from B.J. Grant in the high jump. He cleared 6-6 and beat Northwest’s Jacob Whaley based on the attempts tiebreaker. South’s Dalton Johnson was second in the 800. He joined Nathaniel Winslow, Caleb O’Neal and Michael York on the second-place 4×800 team.
West Rowan finished ninth in the team race, and Tim Flanagan had a second-place showing in the long jump.
Mooresville’s girls won with a total of 137.83 points, and Northwest Cabarrus followed with 132. West Rowan placed fifth, followed by East Rowan. South Rowan was eighth, and Carson claimed ninth.
West’s Amber Holloway, teammate Desere Cross, Carson’s Sierra Zemanick and East’s Kasee Hepler had the best performances among county athletes.
Zemanick won the 800 (2:31.70), and Hepler took first in the shot put (32-7) by almost 2 feet.
Holloway finished second in the 100 hurdles, fourth in the 300 hurdles and sixth in the long jump. She was also on the second-place 4×100 team along with Nicole Barber, Kimberly Jenkins and Moriah Leach.
Cross finished second to Hepler in the shot put and was fourth in the discus. South’s Taylor May and East’s Madelyn File placed second and third, respectively, in that event.