Area duo wins shot put, 100-meter outdoor titles

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Harding's Kamorean Hayes went out on top and West Charlotte's Trenton Guy Jr. started a farewell to his high school track career with a victory, as well.


Hayes, who signed with Florida State, won her third national outdoor track and field title in the shot put, and sixth overall after winning the Nike Outdoor Track and Field Nationals at N.C. A&T on Friday.

She had the top three throws and her winning heave of 50-feet, 6 3/4 inches was more than two feet better than runner-up Becky O'Brien of Greely High in Cumberland, Maine (48-5 1/4). O'Brien was the Maine Class B champion and the New England champion.

Kind of happy, because it's my third one in a row, but kind of sad because I came here to break the record, not to win, said Hayes, who last lost a shot put competition in the United States her freshman year.

She had been putting the shot 53 and 54 feet in practice, but she said overthinking stuff and just not doing what I know how to do contributed to the personally disappointing, but victorious performance.

Hayes, who dislocated her thumb on Monday and had strained the ligament in her pointer finger in the spring, was scheduled to participate in the discus today, but instead said her season was finished.

Guy, who signed with Clemson, won the 100 meters in 10.41 seconds, besting Ryan Bailey of Salem, Ore., (10.48) and Raleigh Wakefield's Trevor Graham (10.53).

My start was the best I've ever got, said Guy, who won the 200 meters at indoor nationals in March. Normally I get a bad start, but I got out and my job this time was to stay on top. I could have run 10.3, but I was so excited when I looked over and didn't see anyone near me, that I raised my hands. I didn't lean, I slowed down my whole stride.

Guy will run in the 200 meters today.