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Knights ninth in state meet; NC girls finish 14th

Posted: May 15, 2012 2:40 p.m.
Updated: May 16, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Following a regular season in which more than just a few school records fell by the wayside, the North central High School track and field program returned from Saturday’s class A state championship meet with a pair of top 15 finishes from the boys’ and girls’ teams.
The Knights took ninth place while the Lady Knights finished in 14th place at the event held at Harry Parone Stadium on the campus of Spring Valley High School.
Top performance for North Central was Junior Aaliyah White, who was second in the girls’ 400-meter hurdles, which earned her All-State honors.
 Junior Clarence Williams was fourth in the 200-meter dash while sophomore Sparrow Ostas was fourth in the girls’ shot put. Freshman Will Mathis cleared 11 feet in the pole vault, setting a new personal and school record with a fifth-place finish. Not to be out done by her classmate, freshman Quanisha Wright ran to a fifth-place finish in the 200-meter dash with her personal best time of the year. 
Other individual performances from the Knights came from senior Thomas Flowers, who was sixth in the high jump while classmate Tavarus Porter was sixth in the 110-meter hurdles. Fellow senior Ealey Seegars was eighth in the 400-meter hurdles, Williams took sixth in the 100-meter dash and sophomore Bernard Walden was eighth in the 110-meter hurdles. 
The Lady Knights’ 4 x 100-meter relay team Lasia Hammonds, Alexia Turner, Wright and White finished seventh. The boys’ 4 x100-meter relay (Shaun Thomas, Porter, Walden and Williams) and the 4 x 400-meter relay (Shaquille McClinton, Walden, Flowers and Williams) teams both finished fourth in their respective events.  All three teams hit their best times of the year with the boy’s 4 x400-meter unit setting a new school record. 
    NC head coach Carl Olson said NC will have some rebuilding to do next season as they lose six key seniors. To start the rebuilding process, four athletes (Williams, White, Oats and Wright) will continue throughout the summer competing on the Junior Olympic series.

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