In a surprise to very few, the Weddington boys and Cuthbertson girls claimed first place at last week’s Southern Carolina Conference championships.
The Weddington boys claimed the SCC title for a fourth year in a row, scoring 26 more points than second-place Cuthbertson. The Warriors won five individual track events and won the 4x800 relay by almost five seconds.
Weddington senior Kam Tuttle won the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.74, while fellow seniors Krystopher Durham and Wesley Larson were victorious in the 800- and 1600-meter races, respectively. Warriors sophomore Chauncy Chen won the longest race of the day, placing first in the 3,200 meters with a time of 9:30.07, while junior Cameron Wright won the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 15.08.
In the field events, WHS senior Collin Hendriksma earned a win in the pole vault, while Tuttle won his second individual event by placing first in the long jump. The only male athlete to win multiple field events was Piedmont senior Luke Noonan, who won the shot put and the discus by fairly wide margins.
On the girls side, Cuthbertson was victorious, winning three individual track events and a pair of relays. Sophomore Victoria Teasley picked up two first-place finishes in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, while fellow sophomore Alyssa Preisano won the 800-meter race in a time of 2:17.47. The Cavaliers also claimed the 4x100 and 4x800 relay races.
The only other female athletes besides Teasley to win multiple track events were Weddington junior Emma Jones, who placed first in both the 1600- and 3200-meter races, and Marvin Ridge freshman Aria Wegh, who won both hurdles events. Wegh also placed first in the high jump, making her the only athlete to win three individual events at the SCC championships.
The Cavaliers performed well in the other field events. Junior Ava Studney won the pole vault, while fellow junior Elizabeth Sawicki placed first in both the shot put and discus.
Next up for both Cuthbertson and Weddington are the 3A Midwest regionals, which will take place at Dudley High in Greensboro this Saturday. The field events will start at noon, while the finals of the track events will begin at 1:30 p.m.
The Weddington boys are looking for their fourth straight state championship, while the Cuthbertson girls are looking for their first ever outdoor title.