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PEMBROKE – West Bladen’s Tyre Boykin and Jonathan Robinson and the East Bladen 4×200 relay team qualified Saturday for the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s championship track and field meet.

The Eagles’ relay team of Keymon Cromartie, Lawson Hester, A.J. Wynn and Trevarius Carter finished second in Saturday’s Mideast Regional at the University of North Carolina Pembroke. The East Bladen quartet covered the two laps around the track in 1 minute, 32.76 seconds to finish behind Reidsville’s time of 1:31.36. Fairmont was third in 1:33.73.

Boykin qualified for the state meet with a fourth place finish in the triple jump. His leap of 41 feet, 1 inch came on the fifth of his six attempts. He outdistanced the fifth place finisher by almost two feet.

Robinson finished fourth in the shot put with a heave of 44-8, which was about two feet further than the fifth place finisher. Robinson’s longest toss came on the third of sixth attempts.

The top four finishers in each event qualified for the state meet, which is scheduled May 19 at N.C. A&T University in Greensboro. They will be joined by the top four finishers from three other regionals held Saturday around the state.

In the girls’ team competition, Durham School of the Arts won with 135.66 points followed by Carrboro, Burlington Cummings, N.C. School of Science and Math, and Whiteville. East Bladen finished 13th with nine points. West Bladen scored one point.

East Bladen’s Makia Johnson placed sixth in the 100 meters with a time of 13.20 seconds and sixth in the 200 in 27.89 for six team points. ShaHyra Hogan scored a point for the Eagles with an eighth place finish in 100 hurdles with a time of 20.57. The Eagles’ 4×800 relay team of Shykira Rhodes, Vena Metz, Gemisha Stephens and Shianna Adkins scored two points with a seventh place finish in a time of 13:03.47.

West Bladen’s point came with an eighth place finish in the 4×100 relay. Patience Parker, Jamil Bostic, Tarea Lucy and Victory Crawford had a time of 55.14.

In the boys’ team competition, Durham School of the Arts won with 102 points followed by Carrboro, Reidsville, Randleman and St. Pauls. West Bladen placed 13th with 21 points and East Bladen was 14th with 19.

Along with the 10 points for the fourth place finishes by Boykin and Robinson, West Bladen’s Zion Barrett placed seventh in shot put (41-1) for two points and Davion Willis-Howard was eighth in the 110 hurdles (20.64) for a point. Andrew Brown placed eighth in long jump at 19-7 to account for a point.

The West Bladen 4×200 relay team of Masai Carroway, Michael Hepburn, Boykin and Willis-Howard earned two points with a seventh place finish in a time of 1:35.36. The Knights’ 4×400 relay team of Hepburn, Carroway, Trenton Lyons and Boykin earned four points with a fifth place finish in 3:44.37. The 4×800 relay team of Jacob Bryan, Bryan Padilla, Lyons and Thomas Galin was eighth in 9:36.54 for a point.

East Bladen received eight points for the relay team’s second place finish. The Eagles added seven points from sprinter Travaris Carter. He finished fifth in the 200 (23.07 seconds) and sixth in the 100 (11.33).

Also scoring for East Bladen was A.J. Wynn, who earned a point in the 400 (52.48). Cromartie’s seventh place finish in the 110 hurdles (18.29) scored two points. Cromartie combined with Hester, Wynn and Carter to finish eighth in the 4×100 relay (45.61).

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