Record area track and field stars compete at states


A host of local track and field athletes took the trek to Greensboro for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state championships this weekend.

Here's how each performed in their respective classification at North Carolina A&T State University. 


Kayla Mitchell, Harnett Central 

 The Lady Trojans senior ended her second states appearance with a top-10 finish. Mitchell took eighth in the girls 400-meter dash with a time of  1 minute, 20 tenths of a second. 

The 400 gold medalist during April's All American Conference championships also took fourth at the 3A Mideast Regional on May 13. 

Shalyna McCants, Western Harnett

The Lady Eagles sophomore tied for ninth in the girls high jump, matching her score of  4 feet 10 inches she posted in the fourth-place showing at regionals.

Shyhiem Cooke, Triton

Cooke ran an 11.37 in the boys 100 prelims and just missed out on a chance to run in the finals.

The Hawks sprinter, who was the AAC champ at 200 this season, also took silver in the 100 at regionals with an 11.10. 


Baylor Harris, Hobbton

Harris fell just outside the top 10 in the girls long jump with a score of 14–6.50. 

The Wildcats veteran claimed gold at the 1A Mideast Regional on  May 14. 

McKayla Harris, Hobbton

In her first states appearance, Harris placed 14th in the girls 400 with a time of 1:06.41.

The freshman earned bronze at regionals with a 1:04.44.

Anna Miller, Hobbton

Miller finished her prep career by posting a time of 17:34.63 in the girls 3200 on Saturday, good enough for 13th.

Her accomplishments also include ending regionals with a silver medal.

Relay Team

McKayla Harris also joined fellow freshmen Isabella Munoz, Analiza West and Andrea Sada-Romero to run the 4x800-meter relay.

The group took 12th with a time of 12:25.62.


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