Blue Devils Put Up Solid Showing At State Track Meet


May 21, 2018

Jeff Sides

Brevard's Graham Green carries the baton as part of the Blue Devils' ninth place finish in the boys' 4x800 meter relay at Saturday's 2A state track meet in Greensboro.

Coming off a thrilling 2A West regional meet that saw 12 Blue Devils earn a trip to the state championships in Greensboro, Brevard's athletes proved they belonged by notching a series of strong showing.

The highest finish on the day belonged to the girls' 4x800-meter relay.

Led by Tristen Berry, who opened the race with a lifetime best 2:29 half-mile leg, the Lady Devils ended up sixth overall.

Dominique Karesh, Madeline Dierauf, and Alyssa Lefler rounded out the squad that ran a massive season-best time of 10:21 in the biggest test of the year.

Ava Findlay was the only individual scorer on the day, as her 12:13 3,200m time – a 24-second season best – placed her eighth overall.

The future UNC-Greensboro athlete ran a smart race that kept her in touch with a large chase pack for the entire race.

Karesh and Lefler came back in the 4x400-meter relay with Anderson McKibbon and Celia Richmond. They, too, recorded a large season best time of 4:15.33 to place seventh overall.

Earlier in the day, Richmond placed 11th in the 400m (1:00.33) in a season-best time, while McKibbon was less than two-tenths of a second off her lifetime best in the 300m hurdles, where she placed 12th overall.

Hurdler Willow Michael exceeded her projected finishing place by taking 15th in the 100-meter hurdle prelims.

"I was really proud of the girls today," said head coach Philip Latter. "We've had a long but very positive season, and I think today's result echoed that. To see our seniors like Dominique and Ava excel in their last competitions was really gratifying."

On the boys' side, the 4x800-meter relay team of Noah Schoenacher, Graham Green, Jasper Goddard, and William Coye placed ninth overall in a time of 8:34.

Schoenacher came back several hours later in the 800m, but hampered by a foot injury was only able to place 12th.

"For the guys to make it to state was a big deal, especially after we had a couple injuries really hurt our depth," said Latter. "Jasper had never even run an 800 until two weeks ago; now he's done it at state. Graham Green was a sprinter until a month ago. Now he's raced this at state. Give this core group another year and I'll be curious to see how far they can move up."

Jeff Sides

Tristen Berry was part of the same team on the girls' side, which came in under 10:30 to earn a sixth place finish in the event


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