Area entrants claim All-American finishes in youth track and field


MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Burlington-area entrants fared well in the USA track and field youth national championship, a five-day meet that wrapped up Sunday.

There were several first-place finishes, while top-eight placement meant All-American status.

In the Intermediate boys’ division (ages 15-16), Isaiah Moore of Williams High School won the high jump at 6 feet, 2 ¾ inches and he placed second in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.42 seconds.

Thomas Jones of Cummings High School took third in the 110 hurdles (14.79) and fourth in the 400 hurdles (57.80).

In the Youth boys division (13-14), Jeremy Griffis was a two-time winner, capturing the 200 hurdles (25.81) and 400 (51.57). He placed fifth in the 100 hurdles in 14.50 seconds.

In the Young Men class (17-18), Abraham Faison out of Southern Alamance was third in the 110 hurdles (14.89) and fourth in the 400 hurdles (55.19).

In the Young Women class (17-18), Francesca Evans was second in the triple jump (38-8¾) and the 400 relay (46.99), joining Marissa Bellamy, Aalayah Faulcon and Nijheria Sildera on the relay.

In the Intermediate girls’ class (15-16), Ro’Daijah Faucette took eighth in the 400 (58.02), while she was a member of the runner-up 1,600 relay (4:02.68) with Jasmine Dawson, Charity Shaw and Jordan Brown.

Tamilia Bigelow was on the second-place 400 relay (48.12) with Dawson, Shaw and Imari McLean. Bigelow also placed third in the triple jump (34-2), fourth in the 400 hurdles (1:06.20) and seventh in the long jump (16-1).

In the Midget girls (11-12), the trio of Kelsia Moore, Kayla Moore and Kenyae Austin were on the first-place 1,600 relay, which finished in 4:18.42. They were joined on the unit by Durham’s Taylor Scott.

Kayla Moore added a first place in the 80 hurdles (12.86), edging runner-up Austin (12.87).

Kayla Moore added second place in the long jump (15-4¼). Kelsia Moore took third in the long jump (14-6) and eighth in the high jump (3-11¼).

Austin was fifth in the long jump (13-11¾).

In the Sub-Bantam girls (8-and-under), Amari Reaves was seventh in the long jump (7-3½) and seventh in the 400 (1:22.16).

The Burlington entrants were members of the Durham Striders team, which placed first overall in the team competition. The Striders also won some team age groups.

Next up for several of the competitors is the USA Region 3 Junior Olympics this week in Atlanta.