ROLESVILLE — The Rolesville Lightning track and field team strike again by sending 21 boys and two girls to the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympics this week at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro.
Because North Carolina is hosting the national meet, Rolesville’s track club team did not have to run at regionals. Their state championship results was enough to put them in nationals. The state championship was also held at NC A&T from June 21-24.
Rolesville produced one first-place winner at the state meet with Lance Garrett, who won the high jump in the 13-14 age group. The 14-year-old measured a high jump at 5-feet-9.75-inches.
Garrett also placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.79 seconds and fifth in the 200-meter hurdles with a time of 28.09 seconds.
Rolesville had 13 different athletes place second at the state championship. Their boys 4×800-meter relay team finished second in the 11-12 age group with a time of 10:29.14. Cameron Bynum, Jaden Lewis, Khalel Smith, Zamir Smith, Yusuf Halim, Jarmaine Higgs, Christian Stokes and Brandon Leacock made up the relay team.
Stephen Elliott finished second in the decathlon for the 17-18 age group. The 17-year-old recorded a score of 5,379 points.
Brandon Leacock placed second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:24.47. His older brother Dillon Leacock finished runner-up for the 400-meter hurdles in the 15-16 age division with a time of 58.41 seconds.
Keonte Sutton finished second in the shot put for the 7-8 age group. The 8-year-old tossed a distance of 22-feet-9.5-inches. He also came in fourth for the javelin toss with a distance of 51-feet-3.75-inches.
Peyton Estes was the only female athlete who won second place in an event. The 12-year-old placed second in the shot put with a distance of 31-feet-7.25-inches.
There were also some other notable performers who qualified for nationals. Michael Downing finished fourth in the high jump in the 13-14 age group with a measurement of 5-feet-3.75-inches.
Isiah Jones placed third in the 100-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter dash in the 11-12 age group. Caynan Singleton finished fifth in the 800-meter for the 7-8 age group.
Cody Singleton placed third in the high jump for the 9-10 age group and third in the 4×400-meter relay, along with Ethan Midgette, Stephen Stokes, Stefen Tabon, Brian Leacock and Reese Garrett.
Arie’anna Rufus finished fifth in the girls 400-meter dash for the 11-12 age group. The 12-year-old ran a time of 1:00.98.
The National Junior Olympics will be held all week long and the finals for each event will be held Saturday and Sunday.
— Marty Simpkins