Midway, Hobbton compete in state track finals

By Danny McDowell Sports Writer

February 10, 2014

Midway and Hobbton both sent athletes to the State Indoor Track Championships at Winston-Salem Saturday. Both teams returned home proud of their 2013-2014 accomplishments.

The Raiders’ 4x8 relay team consisting of Ritchell Cousar, Alex Bradley, Michael McLamb, and Alex Boggs competed as well as Travis Dawson who ran the 55 meter dash.

The relay team finished 6th out of 12 teams with a time of 8:51, 15 seconds better than their previous best effort. The winning relay team was Franklin High School with a time of 8:22. The Raiders finished just 1 second behind Hendersonville and trailed Currituck by 9 seconds.

Dawson did not fare as well in his event, due to a cramp. He finished 14th with a time of 7.09. Daequon Carr of Kinston took first in the dash in just 6.53 seconds.

“Our track and cross country programs get stronger each year,” asserted Midway coach Heath Brewer. “We were undefeated over the course of the regular season. We won each of these meets decisively over the defending 1A/2A/3A Winter Track State Champions (Heide Trask). The kids gave everything they had on Saturday. I am extremely proud and honored to be their coach and look forward to another winning season next year.”

Representing the Wildcats was Samson Bradsher, competing in the shot put. Bradsher was among the top 3 in preliminary rounds, but finished 5th overall with a thtow of 47 feet, 7 inches. Derrick Wheeler of North Brunswick claimed first with a toss of 49 feet.

Last spring, the Hobbton thrower finished 5th in discus at the Outdoor Championships.

“I enjoyed competing,” remarked Bradsher. “There were some great competitors. I want to say thanks to my coaches and family for getting to the level I’m at now. For Hobbton’s first year of competing, it really puts us on the map for years to come.”

“I’m proud of Samson for making history and helping Hobbton place in its first ever indoor track meet,” added Wildcat coach Jeff Klaves. “To have a state qualifier in the program’s first year of existence sets the bar high for years to come. Hobbton is fortunate to have a role model like Samson. He is everything a coach could ask for and represents Hobbton athletics with class.”

Weather permitting, outdoor track will start this week.