The Transylvania Times -

By Philip Latter
BHS Track Coach 

Graham Earns Pair Of Individual Titles At Conference Meet – Brevard NC


For the last few track seasons, Brevard junior Noah Graham never tasted victory. That’s because former East Henderson legend (and current N.C. State star) Tanis Baldwin dominated all of the conference’s distance events.

This year, Graham turned the tables and let distance runners in the WNCAC know that he had no intention of receiving any second-place ribbons this year.

Graham started off his epic day by comfortably winning the 1,600 meters in 4:35, with his teammate Andrew Robinson finishing right behind him.

Graham faced more of a challenge in the 800 meters.

Sitting behind West Henderson’s Dylan Schamberger for 700 meters, Graham made a bold surge in the final straightaway to win in a time of 1:58.

An hour later, Graham received the baton in fifth place as the anchor of the 4x400 relay.

Striding powerfully around the final curve, Graham passed two runners over the final 100 meters to secure a surprising third-place finish.

His split of 51.8 seconds was his fastest by two seconds. Not to be outdone by his fellow junior, Robinson came back in the 3,200 meters and won handily over the last lap, giving Brevard a clean sweep of the distance events.

“Noah is just the kind of guy who rises to the occasion,” said head coach Philip Latter. “He had to work a bit in the 800 and at the end of the relay, but he found a way to get things done. His speed has really developed. He and Andrew have just pushed each other to a whole different level. The next three weeks promise to be fun.”

Other scorers for the boys included Noah Schoenacher in the 400 meters, the 4x800 relay team of Schoenacher, Will Coye, Asher de la Torre, and Hector Flores, and the 4x400 team of Graham, Alex Green, Schoenacher, and Coye.

Overall, the boys placed seventh in the conference meet. North Henderson was the WNC Athletic Conference winner.

On the women’s side, Brevard also finished seventh as a team, but only 8 points out of third.

Brevard’s scoring was led by Eliza Witherspoon and Celia Richmond.

Witherspoon won the 3,200 meters handily over teammate Ava Findlay, took second in a season’s best time in the 1,600, and anchored the 4x800 relay to third.

Richmond, only a freshman, exceeded her seeding in the 100, 200, and 400 meters by placing third in each event. She finished her day by placing fifth in the 4x400 relay.

“We put a lot on Eliza and Celia and they responded like true champions,” Latter said. “There was a lot of parity in the conference this year. I hate that we were so close to a top-3 finish but placed seventh, but at the same time we had so many great performances today that I can’t be upset. Those girls laid it on the line and did everything they could.”

Other scorers for BHS included the 4x800 relay team of Findlay, Alyssa Lefler, Julia Smith, and Witherspoon, Willow Michael in the 100-meter hurdles, Breece Bentley in the long jump, Emma Dauster in the 3,200, Smith and Lefler in the 800, Sarah Hannah in the high jump, and the sprint relay teams comprising Loren Smith, Lauren Wing, Hali Goddard, Bentley, and Michael. West Henderson won the WNCAC title.

Brevard regional qualifiers will return to action on Saturday, May 14, at Polk County for the 2A West Regional.


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