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Prep Track: NWC girls cruise to SPC championship

GRANITE QUARRY  — Northwest Cabarrus was expected to repeat as SPC girls champion, and did so with ease.

Paced by Distance MVP Kara Dunkle and Western Carolina signee Emma Hand, the Trojans scored enough points in the running events alone to win the meet.

Northwest Cabarrus amassed 149 points to outdistance West Rowan (88), Hickory Ridge (73), Concord (67), Cox Mill (63), East Rowan (59), Carson (28), Central Cabarrus (21) and South Rowan (10).

Victoria Freel added 18 points for the Trojans in the throws.

“We’re undefeated this season and the girls have worked to keep that going and they really wanted to repeat as conference champions,” Northwest Cabarrus coach Christine Wolfe said. “We had a lot of girls do what they usually do, and we had others (Ma’Kyia Gayden, Sierra Newhouse and Ashleigh Thomson) do even more than usual.”

The Sprint MVP was Cox Mill’s Jasmine Cox.

Field MVP Khaila Hall led West Rowan to a second-place finish by taking the triple jump and long jump. Hall was third in the 100 and anchored a second-place 4×100 team. Shikkiera McNeely won the shot put for the Falcons. Josie Heglar and Brienna Owens added 10 points each in running events.

Carson’s Chloe Kirkpatrick cleared 10 feet to win the pole vault. Sara Gunter totaled eight points for the Cougars in the throws.

Jocelyn Lowe piled up 15 points for East Rowan in field events. Brittany Small placed second for the Mustangs in the high jump after a long duel with Hickory Ridge winner Elizabeth Olesen, who cleared 5-foot-6. Haley Lyerly was second in the 400.

Dakotah Lambert had South Rowan’s top finish with second place in the pole vault.

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