SOUTHERN PINES – The Rocky River girls track and field team placed second at the NCHSAA Class 4A Midwest Regional, which concluded May 12 at Pinecrest High School.
The Ravens’ Southwestern 4A rival Porter Ridge placed third in the boys competition to lead area performances.
In the girls regional championship, Rocky River stars Jirah Sidberry and Mariah Atwater each took individual gold.
Atwater placed first in the 400-meter run (58.15 seconds) and placed in two other events, coming in fourth in both the 100 (12.27) and the 200 (25.53).
Sidberry finished with a pair of gold medal performances as the Raven junior took first in both the long jump (18 feet, 09.25 inches) and the triple jump (38-04.00).
Other top-five finishers for the Ravens included Lauren Powell, who placed third in the 100 hurdles (15.74) and Ty-Lisha Kimble, who was fifth in the 100 (12.48).
Rocky River’s 4×200 team of Atwater, Powell, Sidberry and Kimble added another first-place finish for the Ravens with a run of 1 minute, 41.31 seconds.
The Ravens 4×100 team of Kimble, Sidberry, Imani Ruff and Powell placed second (48.63); the 4×400 team of Sidberry, Nadia Alexander, Mojave Gibson and Arden Kelly (4:11.77) took fifth; and the Ravens also took fifth in the 4×800 as Nyah Sidbury, Modesty Shelton and Amayah Schofield ran 10:54.13.
Butler had a number of top-five
finishers including Adelynne Money, who was third in the high jump (4-09.00); Rebecca Latterner, who took second in the long jump (17-03.00) and was third in the triple jump (36-00.00); Trinity McDuffie, who was fourth in the long jump (16-10.50) and in the triple jump (35-04.50); and Sierra St. John, who placed second in the discus (117-03.00).
Butler’s 4×100 team of Destinee Matthews, Yolonda Scott, Kristen Lliso and Kristen Shuford finished third (49.65). The Bulldogs also placed fourth in two relays as Matthews, Scott, Shuford and Briana Jacobs combined to run 1:46.28 in the 4×200 and McDuffie, Shuford, Justice Bell and Scott placed fourth (4:10.42) in the 4×400.
Independence’s Laikyn Berry won the high jump (5-04.00) and was the Patriots only top-five finisher.