Six athletes—including five from team champion West Wilkes High School—emerged as the top track and field performers last week in the annual Wilkes County Olympics.
The county-wide events were held May 5 at Wilkes Central High School and Thursday at West Wilkes.
Three athletes shared most valuable track honors in events held mostly at West, aside from the 3,200-meter runs on May 5: West’s Austin Triplette and Ju’Mizhia Sanders and North Wilkes’ Brooke Settle.
Triplette won the 800-meter run in 2:05, the 1,600-meter in 4:39.2, the 3,200-meter in 10:30 and anchored the 4x800-meter team that finished in 9:22.48.
All four times qualified for regionals.
Sanders took first in the 300-meter hurdles (52.41), the 110-hurdles (17.4), the 200-meter (28.62) and anchored the 4x200 relay team (2:02.2).
Settle captured gold medals in the 800-meter (2:51.6) and 1,600-meter (6:29) runs while taking silver in the 3,200-meter (14:23, 10 seconds slower than East Wilkes’ Annika Bell) and 4x400 relay.
Most valuable field athletes were three Blackhawks: Kaison Wilkins, Sage Miller and Kennedy Collins.
Wilkins took first in the triple jump (34-6 ½) and second in the long jump (16-7 ½).
In the same events, Miller took second (34-1 ½) and fifth (16-4).
Miller was second in the triple jump (34-1 ½), third in the high jump (5-6) and fifth in the long jump (16-4).
Collins — a repeat field MVP from 2019 — was awarded golds in the triple jump (31-10) and a silver in the long jump (14-1).
She also took first in the 100-meter dash (13.22), just edging the 13.24 effort of Wilkes Central’s Jayla Smoker.
Smoker also won the long jump (14-7 ½) and was second in the 300-meter hurdles (1:01).
Among other notable finishers, Central’s Carlos Reyes-Martin took gold in the high jump (6-0) and 400-meter run (52.03).
Central’s Ahmad Carlton won the 100-meter (11.41) and 200-meter (24.50) races.
West’s Ben Crawford took golds in the 110-meter (19.81) and 300-meter (49.25) hurdles.
Other top finishers were West’s Emma Wayne (400-meter 1:08.4), Bell (3,200-meter 14:13), West’s Nicole Roberts (high jump 4-6), East’s Eric Adams (long jump 16-9 ¾), Central’s Abigail Tully (pole vault 9-0), West’s Samuel Lewczyk (pole vault 7-6), Central’s Adia McCurdy (shot put 27-1 ½), North’s Calvin Transeau (shot put 42-4), West’s Emma Sutphin (discus 85-2) and West’s William Gregory (discus 116-9 ½).
The West Wilkes boys and girls comfortable emerged as winners in the team standings.
The girls accumulated 130 points, followed by Central and North with 47 apiece and East with 14.
The boys had 127 points, well ahead of Central (79), North (39) and East (17).
The North boys and Central girls were team champions in 2019.
Cook’s Sports once again donated the medals and team trophies for the event.
Complete results may be viewed at https://docs.google.com/ document/d/1P_SJWM JzQoWN8_QQHMurx f6ItS2h7ouYDiU5h9TR JnE/edit?usp=sharing.