Senior Alexis Patterson of Parkland had quite a Friday night at the NCHSAA Class 3-A indoor track and field championships. Patterson won the girls 55-meter dash and the 55-meter hurdles and finished second in the girls 300-meter dash.
Patterson was named the MVP of the girls meet, and the Mustangs finished second to Waxhaw Cuthbertson in the girls team competition. Parkland had 76 total points.
Patterson won the 55 with a time of 7.02, one one-hundredth of a second better than Northern Guilford’s Alyson Davis. Parkland’s Del’Nique Penn finished fourth at 7.12.
In the 55 hurdles, Patterson finished the race in 8.03, two-hundredths of a second better than Eastern Guilford’s Zariyah Black. In the 300, she crossed the line in 40.77 seconds, a little more than half a second behind winner Alysia Johnson of Durham Hillside.
In the girls triple jump, Ija Mumford of Parkland placed second with a jump of 36 feet, 11 inches.
The Parkland girls also finished first in the 4x200-meter relay. They crossed the line in 1:41.95, almost three seconds ahead of second-place Northern Guilford. The Parkland boys finished third in the same race with a time of 1:31.89.
Savien Hayes of Parkland placed second in the boys 300. He finished the race in 34.76 seconds, less than a quarter of a second behind winner Emerson Douds of Weddington.
Mount Tabor took two of the top three places in the boys pole vault. Patrick Freeman cleared the bar at 15 feet to win the state championship for that event, and Andy McLean finished third after clearing 13 feet.
Mount Tabor had two top-three finishers in the boys and girls 3,200-meter runs. Jacob Gallant placed second in the boys race after crossing the line in 9:26.05, and Frances Whitworth finished third in the girls race with a time of 11:09.82.