The Transylvania Times -

By Philip Latter
BHS Track Coach 

Quartet Of Blue Devils Qualify For State – Brevard NC


January 26, 2017

The Brevard High School track team, pictured above, recently competed at the Polar Bear Meet in Polk County where several members punched their ticket to the state championship meet. In total, more than half of Brevard's active roster has qualified for the state meet with several events left ontheir schedule. (Times photo by Jeremiah Reed)

Coming off several weeks of crazy weather, end-of-semester testing, and a cancelled meet, there was a heavy degree of uncertainty surrounding the Blue Devils track program as they opened their 2017 campaign.

Consider the uncertainty cleared up, as the Lady Devils won over a field of 14 teams at the Polk County Polar Bear Meet, while several male athletes cleaned up in their competition.

"Last year was the first year where we had a full-fledged indoor program," said head coach Phil Latter. "We were just getting our feet wet. Now we're building on that and the kids are really getting excited about it. We're young and deep and excited about the future."

The main name of the game was qualifying runners to the NCHSAA 1A/2A state meet, and the Devils didn't disappoint. Qualifiers included event winners Ava Findlay (1,600m – 5:34), Noah Graham (3,200m – 9:46), Andrew Robinson (1,600m – 4:34) and Lillie Siniard (3,200m – 12:43).

Additionally, Alyssa Lefler and Julia Smith both set personal records and achieved the standard in the 1,000m, running 3:24 and 3:25, respectively, while Will Coye kicked hard to achieve a time of 10:36 in the 3,200m, narrowly besting the standard of 10:40.

The sprinters were no less successful.

Madison Baldridge placed second in the 55m hurdles (9.83) to move up the state ranks, while the 4 x 200 relay team of Breece Bentley, Willow Michael, Baldridge, and Celia Richmond and the 4 x 400 relay team of Baldridge, Lefler, Dominique Karesh, and Richmond both hit the state standard for the first time.

In total, 16 Brevard athletes have qualified for the state meet after three meets, more than half of the current active roster.

"Friday really showed us that we can compete with any team in this region," Latter said. "We have some areas of concern and some areas of strength, but on the whole I like the direction we're heading in."

The Blue Devils returned to action on Wednesday at the WNC Polar Bear Championships before heading east to Winston-Salem on Friday and Saturday for the elite David Oliver Classic.


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