Cuthbertson’s Charlotte City Championship

Distance runners at the Charlotte City Championship (Photo by: D. M. Wallace)

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Athletes from nearly 50 schools across Charlotte and the surrounding areas traveled to Cuthbertson on Saturday to brave the frigid wind and snow, for the Charlotte City Championship track and field competition. Tri-W athletes were heavy on the scene and light on their feet as they dominated the leaderboards throughout the event. The Cavaliers did well to take advantage of their home-track edge, earning 12 first-place finishes, and earning medals in 19 of the 28 events.

A high jump at the Charlotte City Championship (Photo by: D. M. Wallace)

Cuthbertson’s accolades for the day include first place for the women’s 55-meter dash, and the women’s 300-meter dash, both won by Victoria Teasley with times of 7.30 and 41.28 seconds. First place in the women’s 3200-meter run went to Cuthbertson’s Lillian Nasta with a time of 11:27.63. Cuthbertson’s relay teams won the 4×200, 4×400 and 4×800, with times of 1:44.41, 4:25.56 and 10:16.46, respectively. Jade McLain of Cuthbertson earned first in the women’s long jump, and second in the women’s triple jump. First place for the women’s pole vault went to Ava Studney of Cuthbertson, with a 10-foot vault.

A clear vault at the Charlotte City Championship (Photo by: D. M. Wallace)

Aidan McNally earned a first-place medal for Cuthbertson in the men’s 300-meter sprint, with a time of 35.14 seconds. McNally ran for second place in the 55-meter dash, finishing in 6.61 seconds. Mickey Schihl of Cuthbertson finished the men’s 3200-meter run in 9:53.87 for a first-place win. Most of the men’s relay events were dominated by Cuthbertson as well. The Cavaliers earned first in both the 4×200 relay and the 4×400 relay, with times of 1:31.06 and 3:29.32.

Weddington at the triple jump (Photo by: D. M. Wallace)

While Cuthbertson led the pack of Tri-W schools as a team, several other Tri-W schools earned big individual finishes. Marvin Ridge runner Riley Basinger won the women’s 1000-meter run with a time of 3:05.32. Basinger edged out second place, fellow Marvin Ridge athlete Caroline Blanton, by just under two seconds. Cara Salsberry of Marvin Ridge won first place for women’s shot put at just under 38 feet. Sun Valley’s Zachary Moore earned first place in both the men’s seated shot put, and men’s adaptive 55-meter dash. Weddington brought several first-place finishes to the Tri-W area as well, including Wesley Larson in the men’s 1000-meter run, Peter Dejonge in the men’s 500-meter sprint and Alec Mock in men’s shot put.

Parkwood’s Kennedie Gaither putting the shot at the Charlotte City Championship (Photo by: D. M. Wallace)

The winter track and field state championship will be held on February 14-15, at JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem.

Sun Valley carries the relay baton (Photo by: D. M. Wallace)
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