COLUMBIA, S.C. – More than 200 teams convened April 12 and 13 on Spring Valley High School for the 27th running of the prestigious Bojangles Track and Field Classic.
The Providence girls, a freshman hurdler from Providence Day and a pair of field stars from Rocky River stole the show.
The Providence 4×400 team of Nimeesha Coleman, Ella Mainwaring Foster, Ariana Rivera and Amanda Watson won, running 3:51.08. It is the fastest time run in that event this season in North Carolina.
Providence Day’s Falon Spearman placed second in the 100 hurdles (14.22 seconds) and was eighth in the 400 hurdles (43.77).
Rocky River’s Jira Sidberry won the long jump (18-6.75, which is the fifth-best jump in N.C. this season) while teammate Christopher Alexander was third in the long jump (22-9.25, N.C. No. 4 this season) and won the long jump (50-1.75) with the No. 2 jump in the nation this fall.
Below is a school-by-school look at each area athlete who placed in the top 10 of their event.
• Charlotte Catholic: Carmen Jarrell placed fifth in the 3,200-meter run while teammate Meghan Little finished eighth in the same event.
• Providence: Foster was third in the 400; Rivera placed 10th in the 100 hurdles and second in the 400 hurdles; and the4x400 relay team placed first.
• Providence Day: Spearman took second in the 100 hurdles (14.22 seconds, which is the fastest time in the state this season) and was eighth in the 400 hurdles. She teamed Eliza Cardwell, Molly Firr and Camryn Taylor to place fifth in the 4×400.
Firr placed seventh in the 800; Ananyaa Bharadwaj was seventh in the mile; Cardwell was seventh in the triple jump; and Bharadwaj, Leah Horwitz, Ashley Horwitz and Firr combined to place sixth in the 4×800.
• Rocky River: Sidberry cleared 18-6.75 in the long jump, which is the fifth-best distance in the state this season.
• Ardrey Kell: Asa Simmons was eighth in the 110 hurdles.
• Charlotte Catholic: Frankie Flaherty finished seventh in the shot put.
• Providence: Pace Clark finished 10th in the 1,600 and in the mile.
• Providence Day: Christian Landis placed fourth in the 3,200; Adam Roupas was seventh in the 400 hurdles; and the 4×800 relay team of Andrew Riolo, Jason Krell, Adam Habas and Colter Nichols took seventh overall.
• Rocky River: Alexander cleared 22-9.25 in the long jump, which is the fourth-best in the state this season, and the N.C. State commit later cleared 50-1.75 in the triple jump, which is the second-best distance in the country this season.