CHARLOTTE — Two local track athletes brought home a gold medal from the Powerade State Games over the weekend.
North Surry sophomore Andrew Cave brought home a gold medal in shot put Saturday in Charlotte.
Cave heaved the 12-pound shot 41-07 in the 15-16 boys’ age division. Mount Airy’s Gabriel King threw the shot 39-06 inches to win the silver medal in the 15-16 division.
King would get a gold medal of his own as he placed first in discus with a throw of 121-09.
Even though Cave and King are local rivals on the track and field circuit, their sportsmanship and camaraderie were a driving factor for both young men at Saturday’s event.
“Gabriel and I push each other to do our best,” said Cave. “It’s not Greyhounds versus Bears at a big event like the State Games.”
Mount Airy sprinter Cordell France finished in the top six in two events Saturday, despite being younger than the rest of the field.
France, a rising junior, finished fourth in the 200 meters and sixth in the 100m.
The way the event was organized, France, who recently turned 16 was placed in the 17-18 age group instead of 15-16.
If he had been placed in the 15-16 class, France would have won gold in both events.
Cordell’s confidence improved this spring during the school track season, noted Mount Airy track coach Clarence Cropps.
He had gotten used to winning when he was in middle school, so when he stepped up to high school, the losses hit him hard. Rather than hang his head, Cordell has continued to work hard to improve, and it shows.
Both Cordell and Gabriel had good springs, Cropps said. They progressed well and learned a lot. Hopefully this good showing will carry over to good seasons next year.
Gabriel has just finished up his freshman year, so he had a lot to learn, said the coach, who expects King to have a great sophomore season.
Local Track Results
1 Cave, Andrew, 16, 12.68m 41-07.25
2 King, Gabriel, 15, 12.08m 39-07.75
3 Black, Bruce, 15, 11.24m 36-10.50
4 McCollum, Jake, 14, 9.97m 32-08.50
1 King, Gabriel 15 36.97m 121-03
2 Black, Bruce 15 36.20m 118-09
3 McCollum, Jake 14 27.88m 91-06
4 Tandy Patton, Maurice 16 18.25m 59-10
Boys’ 100 meters
1 Cunningham, Quashawn 18, 10.42
2 Hancock, Christopher 18, 10.67
3 Murray, Jamaree 17, 10.80
4 Cook, Tyler 16, 10.90
5 Clark, Gerrald 17, 11.06
6 France, Cordell 16, 11.09
Boys’ 200 meters
1 Cunningham, Quashawn 18, 21.01
2 Murray, Jamaree 17, 21.40
3 Soronnadi, Chuka 17, 21.98
4 France, Cordell 16, 22.29
5 Hancock, Christopher 18, 22.35