Underclassmen accounted for most of South Brunswick’s top performances at the Mideastern Conference Track & Field Championships last week in Wilmington.
Freshman Anna Shelton and sophomore Jelonnie Smith recorded two first-place finishes apiece to lead the girls team, while sophomores Josh Vereen and Mack Clark and junior Raymond Bowens each scored points in four events for the boys.
South Brunswick finished sixth in both the girls and boys divisions of Thursday’s seven-team meet at Hoggard High School.
In the girls meet, Hoggard took first place in just three of the 18 events but emerged victorious with 157 points. Laney had twice as many first-place finishes but came in second overall with 150.5 points.
Other team totals were New Hanover with 133.5, Ashley with 80, Topsail with 71, South Brunswick with 62 and West Brunswick with 23.
The boys championship went to Ashley, which won four events and accumulated 164 points. Hoggard came in second with 125.5, followed by New Hanover with 114, Laney with 113, Topsail with 91, South Brunswick with 43.5 and West Brunswick with 31.
Leaders for South Brunswick’s girls included Smith, who won the 200-meter dash in 26.65 seconds and finished a close second in the 100-meter dash. Her time of 13.06 was two-hundredths of a second behind the winner, Laney’s Erin Nesselroade.
Shelton won the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 5 inches, and came in fourth in the 100-meter dash in 13.32 seconds.
Shelton and Smith also contributed to a first-place finish in the 800-meter relay. They combined with Kim Williams and Caroline Moore for a time of 1:51.64.
Individually, Williams finished second in the high jump (5 feet) and Moore was fourth in the 800-meter run (2:35.28). Hannah Pieper was fourth in the discus (85 feet, 5 inches) and Anaiya Coleman was eighth in the 100-meter hurdles (20.72).
South Brunswick’s top individual finisher in the boys meet was senior Jack Palagruto, who placed third in the 800-meter run (2:04.15).
Vereen came in fourth in the 300-meter hurdles (44.45 seconds) and fifth in the 110-meter hurdles (17.38 seconds), and Eli Stanley tied for fifth in the pole vault (10 feet).
Sixth-place finishers included Cameron Barbee in the discus (111 feet, 10 inches), DeAndre Johnson in the high jump (5 feet, 8 inches) and Bowens in the 200-meter dash (24.08 seconds).
Clark was seventh in the 100-meter dash (12.13 seconds) and Curtis Hansley tied for eighth in the pole vault (9 feet, 6 inches).
The Cougars scored points in three of the four relays. The team of Vereen, Hansley, Clark and Bowens took fourth in the 800-meter relay (1:38.93), while Palagruto, Clark, Bowens and Izaiah McDonald placed fourth in the 1600-meter relay (3:39.25). Bowens, Clark, Vereen and Keyshawn Jenkins finished fifth in the 400-meter relay (47.55).
Next up for South Brunswick is the East 3A Regional meet, which is scheduled Saturday at Fike High School in Wilson. The state 3A championships are May 20 at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.
Shotput: Chantel Wright (A) 31-11; Discus: Alex Erling (L) 93-10; Pole vault: Emma Orosz (H) 8-0; High jump: Autumn James (NH) 5-2; Long jump: Anna Shelton (SB) 16-5; Triple jump: Autumn James (NH) 37-3 ½; 100-meter dash: Erin Nesselroade (L) 13.04; 200-meter dash: Jelonnie Smith (SB) 26.65; 400-meter dash: Shar Nichols (H) 1:01.99; 100-meter hurdles: Cassidy Breland (T) 17.18; 300-meter hurdles: Cassidy Breland (T) 49.95; 800-meter run: Cameron Smithwick (L) 2:26; 1600-meter run: Natalie Tyner (L) 5:19; 3200-meter run: Natalie Tyner (L) 11:31.54; 400-meter relay: Laney 52.68; 800-meter relay: South Brunswick 1:51.64; 1600-meter relay: Hoggard 4:18.53; 3200-meter relay: New Hanover 10:21.95.
Shotput: Russell Corbett (A) 50-10; Discus: Russell Corbett (A) 142-7; Pole vault: Daniel Suggs (A) 12-0; High jump: Carl Scott (NH) 6-0; Long jump: Xavier Gause (WB) 20-11 ½; Triple jump: Xavier Gause (WB) 44-6 ½; 100-meter dash: Deshawn Ballard (L) 11.25; 200-meter dash: Deshawn Ballard (L) 22.10; 400-meter dash: Pon Jithan (L) 50.91; 110-meter hurdles: Jaylon Allen (L) 16.76; 300-meter hurdles: Corey Whaley (A) 42.44; 800-meter run: Shaffer Lisle (NH) 2:00.22; 1600-meter run: Robinson Snider (H) 4:32.67; 3200-meter run: Robinson Snider (H) 10:06.94; 400-meter relay: Laney 44.22; 800-meter relay: Laney 1:31.44; 1600-meter relay: Hoggard 3:32.67; 3200-meter relay: New Hanover 8:24.32.