Wilson Track Club pair earn medals at Russell E. Blunt Invitational

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DURHAM — Two members of the Wilson Track Club earned medals over the weekend at the Russell E. Blunt East Coast Invitational, the season-ending meet for the Wilson Parks and Recreation Department-sponsored program.

Messiah Lavender placed sixth in the Girls Ages 11-12 200-meter dash while Bennett Durham was fourth in the Boys Ages 11-12 1,500 run. Lavender finished with a time of 28.41 minutes in the final after qualifying with a sprint of 29.08 in the preliminary race. Alajah Rogers of the Triangle Chargers won the race in 26.51.

Durham was fourth out of five runners in the 1,500, crossing the finish line in 6:21.21. It was the second straight year the 11-year-old has earned a medal at the Blunt East Coast Invitational. Drew Johnson of the Charlotte Panthers was the winner in 5:22.11

McKenzie Barnes of the Wilson Track Club earned a spot in the Girls Ages 11-12 100 dash by running a 13.80 in the prelims. She placed seventh in the finals in 14.00. Lavender was 14th in the prelims with a time of 14.07.

Also competing for Wilson Track Club were Starkashia Anders, who was seventh in the Girls Ages 11-12 800 run with a time of 3:04.58, and Delarin Finch, who was 13th out of 36 in the Boys Ages 9-10 100 dash prelims. Finch, who didn’t qualify for the finals, posted a time of 14.85.

Trip Bennett of the WTC was 27th out of 33 in the Boys Ages 11-12 100 dash in 15.39.

Competing unattached to a club were sisters Ella and Zada Hannant of Pikeville. Ella was the runner-up in the Girls Ages 9-10 javelin throw with a top toss of 17.20 meters behind winner Taylor Blue of Track Explosion with a throw of 22.38 meters. Zada was fourth out of seven competitors in the Girls Ages 8-Under javelin with a throw of 7.82 meters.

Another WTC member, Aaron Hicks, did not compete at the Russell E. Blunt East Coast Invitational as he is preparing for the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships that will run from July 23-29 at Irwin Belk Track on the North Carolina A&T State University campus in Greensboro.

Hicks placed fourth in the Boys Ages 8-Under 800 run in June at the USATF Region 16 Junior Olympics Championships, also at Irwin Belk Track.