Hibriten claims third, South fourth at conference championships
South Caldwell's Dylan Mathewson took home two conference championships in the 1600 Meter Run and the 3200 Meter Run at the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference championships on Thursday at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory.
The Spartans claimed a fourth place finish in both the boys' and girls' divisions, while the Hibriten boys earned third place and the girls finished seventh. The Panthers took home a total of five conference championships and South earned three.
"We did really well in the field events with Jon Younce winning a first, second and third," said Hibriten head coach Chuck Cannon. "Tori Smith ran real well in the sprints and relays, and we had a bunch of guys step up to get us a few points here and there. We got better as a team."
"Two, fourth place finishes is great," said South head coach Charlie Wiedey. "We placed better than last year and finished strong. I'm very pleased."
Watauga won both the girls' and boys' divisions, while Hickory took second in both divisions. Alexander Central claimed third in the girls'
For Hibriten, Jon Younce had a very impressive performance in the field events. He earned a championship in the Triple Jump, second place in the long jump and third place in the Pole Vault. Also in the field events, Ben Dacus claimed a title in the Pole Vault and Julia Sherman won the Long Jump. Adam Stephens earned a second place finish in the Triple Jump.
In the relay events, Hibriten earned first place finishes in the 4x200 Meter Relay and 4x100 Meter Relay. The Panthers fell behind early in both events, but Tori Smith brought Hibriten back down the stretch to take the win. Smith also earned a second place finish in the 100 Meter Dash.
For South Caldwell, Mathewson took the championships in the long distance events, while Will Rice won the 800 Meter Run. Jake Hall took home third place in the 400 Meter Dash. The South boys' relay teams earned a second place finish in the 4x400 Meter Relay and a third place finish in the 4x100 Meter Relay.
In the field events, three South girls earned second place finish. Lauren Arrington took second in the High Jump, Julia Bolick finished second in the Triple Jump and Victoria Friel earned a second place finish in the Shot Put.