DANBURY — The Mount Airy track and field team of 2016 nearly pulled off a clean sweep at the Northwest Conference Championship meet held at North Stokes High School on Friday.
The Lady Bears won a tight battle against hosts for the girls’ team title. Mount Airy registered 161 points on Friday, while the Lady Vikings came in second with 155. The next closest girls’ team was Winston-Salem Prep with 94.
The Mount Airy boys came in third place with 132 points, just slightly off the pace of first-place Walkertown with 154. North Stokes once again settled for a runner-up decision and 140 points.
However, the Bears stole the show in the individual honors. Jo Snow was the girls’ MVP and Cordell France earned himself a boys’ MVP title.
Snow took home four first-place finishes on Friday. She won the girls 800-meter run (2:23.82), 1600-meter run (5:41.38), 3200-meter run (13:14.93) and was a part of the first-place 4×800 relay team. Hanne Cooke, Jessica Bevard and Shelbey Taylor combined with Snow to finish the relay in 10:26.98, 17 seconds better than the second-place foursome from North Stokes.
France earned a trifecta of first-place finishes at the conference championship. He bested Winston-Salem Prep’s Joseph LittleJohn in the 100 and 200 meter dash by a combined .39 seconds. France was also a member of Mount Airy’s first-place 4×200 meter relay squad. Donovan Green, Grayson Corbin and Malik Frost teamed up with France for a time of 1:30.53, just 1.1 seconds better than the second-place team from Atkins.
France also came in fourth-place of the boys 400 meter dash. Tony Davis of Atkins won the event in 50.18 seconds while East Surry’s Demidrick Hargrave earned silver. Hargrave’s second-place finish was the best result of the day for the Cardinals.
The Bears racked up 12 total first-place finishes in the event. Madeline Mayfield, Eliyah Harvey-Brown, Tatyana Long, Donovan Green and Gabriel King each won a gold-medal for Mount Airy.
Mayfield won the girls 400 meter dash with a time of 1:00.76. Her teammates Jessica Bevard and Shalin Revels finished second and third, respectively, in the event.
Harvey-Brown’s win came in the shot put, and Long was victorious in the discus. Green won gold in the high jump, and King made it a sweep for the Bears in the shot.
Qualifying athletes will report back to North Stokes High School on Saturday, May 14 for the 1A Midwest Regional. The state championship will take place on May 20 at NC A&T University in Greensboro.
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