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BURGAW — In a rare appearance on the North Carolina High School Athletic Association scene, Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf sophomore Jeremiah Deans made it pay off handsomely for the Fighting Hornets on Saturday.
Deans tossed the shot put a distance of 43 feet, 10 inches, easily giving him the 1-A Mideast Regional championship on the campus of Pender High.
Deans’ winning throw was 14 inches farther than his next closest competitor, junior Marquice Murphy of South Robeson.
As a result, Deans advances to the NCHSAA 1-A championship meet, set to run alongside the 3-A meet Friday at North Carolina A&T’s Aggie Stadium in Greensboro.
ENCSD, which is an independent member of the NCHSAA but rarely competes against its member schools, was also represented by sophomore Alfonza Robinson in the 100-meter dash. Robinson did not qualify for the finals, finishing 12th in 11.92.
Powell leads North Johnston qualifiers
PEMBROKE — Competing as the only Eastern Plains Conference school in the Mideast region, the North Johnston High girls track team advanced two qualifiers into Saturday’s NCHSAA 2-A championship meet after the completion of regional action at UNC Pembroke.
Assigned to the Mideast region by the NCHSAA, the Lady Panthers will send freshman Tatiana Powell and its 4x800 relay team to Aggie Stadium.
Powell finished second in the 200-meter dash, finishing in 26.13 and trailing only regional champion Allysia Farrar of Burlington Cummings at 25.44.
By the slimmest of margins, Powell missed out on qualification in the 100. She was clocked at 13.08, one-tenth slower than fourth-place freshman Alynah Howard of Carrboro.
The Lady Panthers qualified the 4x800 quartet of senior Barrett Davis, Hailey Bunn, Sydney Swartz and Mackenzie Swartz after the relay team traversed the track in 12:03.30.