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Blue Devils Send A Dozen Qualifiers To State Track Meet


May 17, 2018

Brevard will need a full size bus for their trip to Greensboro this weekend after a memorable meet at the 2A West Region saw them qualify 12 athletes for state.

The Blue Devils opened the meet well, qualifying both the boys and girls 4 x 800-meter relay teams to state.

In the girls’ race, Tristen Berry, Dominique Karesh, Madeline Dierauf and Alyssa Lefler ran a smart, conservative race to place 4th (10:34.57) and save their legs for later racing.

The boys didn’t have that luxury, and after solid runs by Noah Schoenacher, Jasper Goddard and Graham Green, Will Coye had to burn through most of his reserves to ensure the boys’ team held on to one of the four coveted qualifying spots (4th – 8:33.36).

The next final brought another qualifier, as Willow Michael – ranked sixth before the meet and after prelims – stormed through the finals with a massive personal best to place fourth in the 100m hurdles (17.46).

Fellow hurdler Anderson McKibbon, ranked fourth coming in, nearly stole the show in the 300m hurdles, taking second in 49.85, just .07 off the win.

In the long sprints, Brevard took home two more state qualifiers.

Celia Richmond held onto the lead for 350 meters before finishing a well-earned second in the 400 (1:00.96).

Schoenacher’s race in the boys’ 800-meter run was far more chaotic, as six runners entered the final straight with a chance to qualify. Schoenacher used his patented late-race speed to weave through traffic and place 4th overall (2:03.11).

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day came in the 3,200.

Run in the hottest part of an already sweltering 92-degree day with no shade, Ava Findlay – who entered the race ranked No. 12 overall – ran the best race of her season to finish third and make state for a third straight year in the event.

The Lady Blue Devils then finished out a great meet by running a season best 4:19.98 to place second in the 4 x 400m relay.

“Those were by far the worst conditions we’ve faced all year,” said head coach Philip Latter, “but everyone found a way to bring their A-game. For us to finish fourth on this day, and to qualify well over half our regional team to state, speaks volumes about these kids.”

The Blue Devils will compete at the State Championship on Saturday, May 19, at Aggie Stadium on the campus of N.C. A&T University.

The meet begins at 10 a.m.


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