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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, February 25, 2016, Page B2, Image 12

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. ? Past track ???????????WW mw FAST?ACK ucs A 1FCS ? ? ? - ^^j Photo by Craig T. Greenlee Mount Tabor sophomore Chamessa Reid turned in a surprise third-place finish in the girls' 55-meter hurdles at the Class 4-A state indoor track championships. Spring from page B1 second-place finish at the state. In the 4x200 relay. Parkland clocked 1 minute 45.26 seconds for third, which was only .01 sec onds behind second-place High Point Central. Whether this crew can suc cessfully challenge state champ Southeast Raleigh is anyone's guess. The outlook in the 4x400 relay is the same. Although Southeast Raleigh is clearly domi nant, the Mustangs should prove to be viable con tenders to finish no worst than second at the state out door meet in late May. The team of McNeill, Davis, Cannon and Francis ran 3:59.97 to claim the run ner-up spot in that relay at the state indoor meet. Spartans' newcomer: One of the more sur prising performances at the state championships was delivered by Charnessa Reid, a sophomore hurdler and long jumper at Mount Tabor. Reid raised a few eyebrows with her medal winning, third-place finish in the 55-meter hurdles (8.30 seconds). At this point in her career, there is a lot of upside. That's because she's just beginning to improve her technique. As Reid gains more experi ence, there's no question that in time, she could develop as a legitimate challenger for a state title. Reid didn't fare as well in the long jump at states. While she didn't medal (finish among the top four) as a jumper, she did place eighth, which is not bad for a still budding novice. In her case, it appears to be all a matter of how much work she wants to put in to ele vate her skill set to another level. On the rise: Based on the results from the winter season, it's clear that Parkland's boys' team is on the rise. Quarter miler Lorenzo Graise is expected make a strong push for the outdoor 400 title. He ran well during the indoor season and more than held his own at the state meet with a third place finish in the 500. Graise (1:06.79) was in contention from start to fin ish in an intensely-contest ed race. The top three run ners (Joshua Cooper of Charlotte Ardrey Kell, William Hoffman of Cary Green Hope, and Graise) were separated by .47 sec onds. In the 4x400 relay, the Mustangs are indeed for real. They won the relay at last year's Central Piedmont Conference out door championships. But now, this relay is proving itself worthy against the best. At the state indoor meet, Trequan Barnes, # Graise, Chris Hayes and Braxton Ford showed that the Mustangs figure to be in the thick of the chase to win the 4x400 at the state outdoor meet. Ford put together a grit ty anchor leg which helped Parkland (3:27.56) go from third to second place behind champ Green Hope (3:26.64). V Formidable jumper: By the time the high school outdoor season ends in May, Jordan Johnson of East Forsyth could prove to be the best long jumper in the state. For now, though, he's close. At the state indoor championships, Johnson battled Marcus Krah of Durham Hillside for supremacy. In the end, Krah (22-feet, 4 * inches) prevailed over Johnson, who came in second at 22 feet, 4 inches. This spring, Johnson looks to rise in the rankings in the triple jump. He was seventh at the state meet. Photo by Craig T Greenlee Connor Sparrow (33) was the true centerpiece for East Forsyth this season. "I take my hat off to our guys." -Rodney Minor, Coach No.l from page Bl "I take my hat off to our guys," said coach Rodney Minor. "They're a great group who came to practice every day and worked hard. They deserve all the credit. I'm just blessed to coach a group of guys like that. I'm going to love see ing them play in the future." In the season-ender against Northwest Guilford, the outcome was n't decided until the final buzzer. East Forsyth went up 65-60 with a little under two minutes left in the fourth quarter, but the Vikings managed to stay in contention. Connor sparrow 01 East Forsyth provided what proved to be the game-win ning points when he con verted a pair of free throws to put the Eagles up 67-63. Northwest Guilford answered with a 3-pointer by Jacob Riddles to make it a one-point game with .7 seconds left remaining. On the next sequence. East Forsyth successfully inbounded the ball to end the game and claim the vic tory. Sparrow led the Eagles with 22 points, which included eight of his team's 16 points in the fourth quarter. Tanis Samuels performed well at both ends and contributed 18 points to the cause. Josh Mahaffey added 13 points and Josh Wiley finished with nine points. Northwest Guilford (8 2 PTC) got a game-high 25 points finom Landon Sutton and Riddles was next with 19. Thomas Smith rounded out the double figures scor ing with 11 points. "I'm proud of the way we finished the season," said Minor. "Our guys fought from the beginning of the game to the end. We got off to a very fast start (14-0 in the first quarter). But I knew they would put together a run and push back. We played hard, played smart and ultimate ly, we came out on top." Over the final three minutes of the fourth quar ter, East Forsyth held the lead and slowed the pace of the game by spreading the floor and taking time off the clock. During that stretch, the Eagles showed patience in running their offense. But most impor tantly, they hit enough foul snots to Keep tne ieaa. "We had the lead, so there was no reason to play fast-paced, especially with them playing a packed-in zone," said Minor. "We spread them out, which made them guard us. As a result, we either got wide open looks, or we went to the foul line. At the end of the game, we were able to knock down free throws and make lay-ups." In retrospect, the Eagles showing at the Lash-Chronicle proved to be a positive sign of good things to come for the entire season. During that 0 holiday run, East Forsyth won each of its four tourna ment games by double dig its. "Entering the Lash Chronicle, they were hun gry and they wanted it," said Minor. "Then we got used to winning by big margins and we got a little complacent, midway through the season. We had some games where we did n't play well and we ended up losing one of those games (58-55 to Glenn in late January). "That loss really woke them up. They learned that you have to come out and play every night. You can not just show up and expect to win." East Forsyth beats Northwest Guilford 67-66 NWG ? #10 Thomas Smith 11 points #11 Land on Sutton 25 pts #12 Jacob Riddles 19 pts EF - Tanis Samuels 18, Josh MahafTey 13, Connor Sparrow 22 (8 of EF's 16 points in 4th quar ter). Josh WDey 9 Entering game .... East 8-1 PTC NWG 8-1 PTC East finished 19-2 9-1 PTC NWG finished 8 2 PTC ? 1 Photos by Craig T. Greenlee At the ClAA championships, Rams distance runner Taska Johnson was second in the mile, third in the 800 and she was part of the winning Distance Medley Relay and the 4x400 relay that finished third. WSSU't Domtila Kiplagat was voted the women's track MVP at the CIAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Freshmen show up at CIAA championships Sh'Naiya Chapman (4th, 60-meter hurdles) Jenele Terry (4th long jump) Halvandra McNeill (6th, pentathlon) Aaliyah Craft (4th high jump) New Faces from page B T Turner. "It's special because last year, I graduated all of the athletes who came in with me, which was over half the team. But we were able to rebuild and bring in some freshmen who really stepped up to the plate. That makes me very proud of everyone. "Looking ahead, I believe our team has a bright future. This year, what our athletes have learned is that it's in them (winning championships)." There's still three weeks remaining in the winter seasoH before' the NCAA Division II indoor national track and field championships on March 11-12 in Pittsburg, Kan. For the time being, though, it's not certain if any Rams will make the trip. The most likely candidates to compete at the nationals are provisional qualifiers Raven Covington (CIAA runner-up in the ? 0 60-meter dash) and the 4x400 relay four some of Tametris Morrison, Ty-Leah Hampton, Taska Johnson and Fazwia Kheir. Athletes can qualify for the NCAA championships by making the automatic qualifying standard or on a provisional basis. Automatic qualifiers have a guaran teed spot at the nationals. To go as a provisional qualifier in the women's competition, individuals must be ranked among the nation's top 17 in their respective events. ReUy teams are required to rank among the top 12. As of Feb. 21, Covington was ranked 10th nationally at 60 meters and the Rams 4x400 relay was 20th. WSSU athletes have one more oppor tunity to better their performances in an effort to enhance their chances to make the provisional cut for the nationals. The Rams will compete in the Mason Last Chance Meet on Sunday at George Mason University in Virginia. t

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