Samson Bradsher will represent Hobbton High School at Fridays NCHSAA 1A State Track and Field Championship meet in both the Men’s Shot Put and Men’s Discus. To start the day Samson broke the 1A Mideast Regional record by over 1 foot in the Men’s Shot Put with a throw of 49’9.5” to place first overall. Samson used his momentum to win the Men’s Discus with a throw of 140’1 just off his season best throw of 146’8”. In all, Hobbton qualified 20 student-athletes on the Men’s and Women’s side. The Men placed 9th out of 17 teams, with the Women finishing 14th out of 17. To advance to the state championships, competitors had to finish in the top 4 of their respective event.
Highlights on the Men’s Side include: Raekwon Bryant finishing 6th place in the long jump as a freshman with a jump of 18’1.5”. Senior Jamison Dunn also scored points for the team by placing 8th overall with a jump of 17’9” (top 8 in each event score points). On the track, the Men’s 4x800m (Abraheem Alwahishi, Cesar Castillo, Christian Vega and Antonio Caamano) finished just out of scoring position by placing 9th overall in a season best time of 9:50. The Men’s 4x100m were first to score points on the track with a 7th place finish in the 4x100m (Jamison, Raekwon, Samson and Cedrick Collins) with a time of 48.7 seconds. Andro Molina, just a sophomore, finished in 6th in the 400m dash with a time of 58.98 (just two spots shy of qualifying). Next up would be Abraheem Alwashishi in the Men’s 800m Run. He would fall short of qualifying but earned valuable race experience for next year. Closing for the Men was the 4x400m relay which placed 5th in a time of 4:01.55. The team was comprised of 3 underclassman: Andro Molina (So.), Abraheem Alwahishi (So.) and Raekwon Bryant (Fr.).
Klaves said, “I am proud of all the athletes that represented Hobbton at the Regional Track Meet. This year was a new experience for so many on our young team and seeing the competition that was out there was a reality check. The student-athletes now know what it takes to qualify for the state championships and be successful as a team.”
“Our seniors did a great job of lifting up the team throughout the meet. The high level of competition was something new to most, but our seniors can see the big picture about where this team has come from. Hobbton only had 2 athletes at the Regional meet last year, to have 20 this is year is remarkable”
“The team is already talking about recruiting at the school and shooting for a top 5 finish at Regionals next year. Looking forward to seeing them make that happen.”
“Congratulations to Samson Bradsher who continued his undefeated season in the Men’s Shot and Discus. Internally these are things we have been talking about and to get the 1A Mideast Regional Record in the process is something we are proud of here at Hobbton. Thanks to everyone for all the best of luck wishes as Samson will move on represent HHS Track and Field at the 1A NCHSAA State Championships on Friday.”
Highlights on the Women’s side-
On the Women’s Side, Kaylee Matthews started off the meet by placing 7th overall in the Women’s Discus with a career best throw of 66’3”. In Shot Put, Kaylee would go on to finish 12th place. First event on the track for the Lady Wildcats was the 4x800m comprised of Elvie Sumner, Ashley Hinterleiter, Perla Ibarra and Yessenia Hernandez. The Women would finish 8th place overall in a program best time of 12:51. In the Women’s 400m Dash, Carolina Nieves and Chenise Davis would place 11th and 13threspectively with times of 1:15.58 and 1:18.34. Doubling back from the 4x800m, Ashley Hinterleiter (Fr.) would run the open 800m Run and finish 8th place in a time of 3:02.54. In the Women’s 3200m, Elvie Sumner would run a tough, hard-fought race to place 7th in 15:31. Closing the meet was the Women’s 4x400m (Chenise, Ashley, Chantel Davis and Yessenia) which placed 6th overall on a season best time of 5:23.
About the ladies, Klaves said, “The women’s team has key individuals that are looking to build depth around them.”
“This year has seen numerous successes and with another year of training I hope to see the 6th and 7th place finished turn in to top 4 finishes which would earn automatic berths to the State Championships!”