May 21, 2011
Charlotte Berry Academy was impressive from start to finish to capture the team title in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association men's state 2-A track and field championships at the Irwin Belk Track on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University on Saturday.
Berry Academy piled up the margin of victory primarily on the strength of its sprinters, winning both the four by 100 and four by 200 relays in new state 2-A record time and taking three of the four top spots in the 100, led by Kedrick Davis and his record 10.47 clocking. Berry Academy also won both the 1600 and 3200 relays for a clean sweep in the relay department, the first time that has happened since the four relays have been a part of the championship starting in 1986.
Camron Hudson of Berry won both the long jump and the 200, where the Cards also took three of the top four spots, while Larry Gibson of the Cardinals earned the state crown in the 400. Hudson, who was also fourth in the 100 and ran a leg on the four by 100 relay, was named the Most Valuable Performer for the meet.
Berry rolled up 113 team points to 41.50 for runner-up Burlington Cummings. Hillsborough Cedar Ridge and East Lincoln tied for third with 33 points and two-time defending champion Salisbury was fifth with 30. A total of 42 schools scored points in the men's meet.
Adam Manns of Valdese Draughn captured individual crowns in both the shot put and discus.
The battle for the women's team championship was much tighter, with several schools in contention until the end. Just 13 points separated the top six teams entering the final event of the meet.
Carrboro held on, finishing third in the 1600 meter relay, to grab the crown with 55 points to 48 for second-place Salisbury. Carrboro sophomore Grace Morken aided the Jaguar cause by winning both the 800 and 1600.
Bunn was third in the team standings with 46 points and then came a three-way tie for fourth among High Point T.W. Andrews, Burlington Cummings and Waxhaw Cuthbertson with 36 each. Cummings had won the last five NCHSAA 2-A women's titles.
There were 43 schools in the scoring column in the women's meet.
Bunn junior Marisa Bellamy had a huge day and captured three individual championships, taking first place in the 100, 200 and 400, and was named the women's MVP. She also ran a leg on the second-place 1600-meter relay team.
Sophomore Nora McKiver of High Point T.W. Andrews earned top honors in both hurdle events, and East Rutherford's Cheyenne Miller set a new 2-A record in the high jump, clearing 5-7.
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