Mount Airy’s track team competed against host South Stokes and two other area schools on Thursday afternoon, with the girls team taking victories in 10 different events and the boys in three.
Four different Lady Bears placed first in two different individual events. Jessica Bevard was first in the long jump and triple jump, Eliya Harvey-Brown won the discus and shot put, Madeline Mayfield was victorious in the 200- and 400-meter dashes, and Jo Snow took top billing in the 800- and 1600-meter runs.
In addition to their victories, Mayfield also posted a second in the high jump and Bevard did so in the 300-meter hurdles. Mayfield’s second place was by way of tiebreaker, as her jump of 4’8” was actually tied for first with Walkertown’s Imani Coltrane. Her winning time of 26.74 in the 200 meters was a career-best.
The Lady Bears chose to contest only two of the four relay events, but won both of them, beating runner-up Atkins by 3.5 seconds in the 4×200 relay and by 6.6 seconds in the 4×400.
Shalin Revels, the only Mount Airy runner to compete in the 100, finished second in it, and also placed third in the 300 hurdles.
Many of the Mount Airy individual victories came in dominating fashion. Mayfield won the 200 by a 3.8-second margin, and crushed the field in the 400 by 11.4 seconds. Snow beat teammate Hanna Cook in both of her individual wins, but the two of them were five seconds in front of everyone else in the 800 and 15.4 seconds up in the 1600. In the discus, Harvey-Brown beat teammate Lexi France by about 12 and a half feet, but France was ahead of everyone else for second place by another 3’4”. Later on, Harvey-Brown beat everyone by more than two feet in the shot. Bevard beat everyone else by nearly 15 inches in the long jump, and by 2’4” in the triple jump.
On the boys’ side of the meet, Gabriel King won both the discus and the shot put, while Cordell France captured the victory in the 200 meters. The two events King won were also taken by huge margins over the competition. In the discus, King’s toss of 142’6” beat the runner-up, teammate Malcolm Malone, by nearly 21 feet. Malone, in turn, beat everyone else by another 13 and a half feet. King then won the shot by 10 and a half feet over the next competitor.
Donovan Greene finished second in the long jump and third in the high jump for the Bears, and Malone also posted a third-place finish in the shot. Grayson Corbin was third in the 400 meters, and Mount Airy also placed second in the 4×100 and 4×400 relays and third in the 4×200 and 4×800.
In addition to South Stokes, Atkins and Walkertown also took part in the event.
Some of the Mount Airy track athletes will be in competition this Saturday at the Viking Invitational hosted by North Stokes. The entire team will be in action on March 24, also at North Stokes, for a conference meet against Walkertown, Bishop McGuinness and the host.