CHARLOTTE – Providence High girls track put together dominant performances to take the team championship at the NCHSAA Class 4A Western Regionals May 12.
The Panthers had many strong individuals including gold medal performances from Ariana Rivers, Ella Mainwaring Foster, Sarah Parrish and Maggie McCarter.
Rivers took first place in the 200 (25.00 seconds) and the 300 hurdles (43.26). Parrish won the 1,600 (5 minutes, 25.79 seconds) and placed second in the 400 (2:23.50). Foster won the 400 (56.74). McCarter took first place in the pole vault (10 feet, 6.00 inches).
In addition, numerous Providence girls turned in top-five performance. Nimeesha Coleman placed second in the 400 (57.36), Anna Petricoff finished fourth in the pole vault (8-6.00), Zaria Dunlap placed fourth in the long jump (17-9.00), Paris McGill finished fourth in the discus (103-00.00), Amanda Watson was fifth in the 400 (2:25.26), Sarah Lawrence finished fifth in the pole vault (8-0.00) and Danielle Ortiz placed fifth in the discus (100-01.00).
The Panthers also won a pair of relay events as the 4×200 team of Coleman, Dunlap, Foster and Rivera combined to run 1:40.41 and the 4×400 quartet of Coleman, Dunlap, Foster and Rivera crossed the finish line first in 3:53.50.
Providence placed fourth in the 4×800 as Watson, Catherine Halley, Jan Hu and Berkley Proctor finished in 10:17.94.
Overall, Providence took first with 124 points, followed by Ardrey Kell (third), Myers Park (fourth) and South Meck (15th).
The Providence boys finished eighth.
They were paced by Elliott Schultz, who finished second in the 1,600 (4:27.72) and Seth Rabinowtiz, who placed second in the pole vault (13-06.00). Pace Clark was third in the 1,600 (4:28.60). Joey Jegier placed third in the discus (151-06.00) and was fifth in the shot put (47-10.75).