Hobbton headed to state finals


Former coach Klaves calls on team to ‘finish what we started’

By David Johnson - Sports Writer



Josh Polk on the champion podium with his first place at the winter track finals.


Yocelyn Rivera high jumps at Saturday’s regional championships.


Lakelyn Bass jumps to the championship in the triple jump at Saturday’s Mideast Regional.


Hobbton’s No. 1 ranked 4x400 relay team, made up of Victor Aguirre, Josh Polk, Montrell Parker and Raekwon Bryant.


Hobbton girls’ 4x400 relay team, consisting of Lakelyn Bass, Adriana Montes, Janet Thompson and India Alston.


For a team without a track, the Hobbton Wildcats’ track teams are accomplishing some pretty amazing feats. In the 2017 spring track season, the Wildcat women picked up another conference championship and second place in the regional held Saturday. The track and field teams will be participating in the state finals Saturday at NC A&T University in Greensboro.

The men’s team came in third in the conference this season; however, the 4x4oo meter relay team is ranked first in the state for class 1-A. The ladies 4×400 meter relay picked up the regional championship as well last Saturday.

In the last five years, the Wildcat track program has earned 10 Carolina 1-A Conference Championships, three Sampson County track championships and one cross country championship, along with boasting 20 state medalists and four state champions. In addition to those championships, they have earned both Mideast Regional Champions and runners-up. The coaching staff has earned 14 Coach of the Year awards.

“During this time as a student-athlete, you have defined the standard of success,” former track coach Jeff Klaves commented to his team. “You have experienced the highest team finishes in school history and I hope you continue to understand that winning is a result of doing your part. It has always been bigger than just you. In that, I hope you have experienced the importance of putting others’ needs before you own. You will always remember the relationships you have built, more than a specific time or a specific race.”

Campbell University’s track program pulled Coach Klaves away from Hobbton. However, before he left, he told his athletes they were ready.

“You must finish what we have started. The track is coming, championship season is coming and I need you to be rolling right along with all the good that is about to happen,” he told them. “We have done so much, but don’t you dare settle. Don’t you dare give them a reason not to build this track. You are destined for more because you have God-given abilities that aspire for more. One award, one race or one medal will never satisfy you because the process of what you’ve learned will always be greater.”

Josh Polk on the champion podium with his first place at the winter track finals.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_HHS-1.jpgJosh Polk on the champion podium with his first place at the winter track finals.

Yocelyn Rivera high jumps at Saturday’s regional championships.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_HHS-3.jpgYocelyn Rivera high jumps at Saturday’s regional championships.

Lakelyn Bass jumps to the championship in the triple jump at Saturday’s Mideast Regional.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_HHS-4.jpgLakelyn Bass jumps to the championship in the triple jump at Saturday’s Mideast Regional.

Hobbton’s No. 1 ranked 4×400 relay team, made up of Victor Aguirre, Josh Polk, Montrell Parker and Raekwon Bryant.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_HHS-5.jpgHobbton’s No. 1 ranked 4×400 relay team, made up of Victor Aguirre, Josh Polk, Montrell Parker and Raekwon Bryant.

Hobbton girls’ 4×400 relay team, consisting of Lakelyn Bass, Adriana Montes, Janet Thompson and India Alston.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_HHS-6.jpgHobbton girls’ 4×400 relay team, consisting of Lakelyn Bass, Adriana Montes, Janet Thompson and India Alston.
Former coach Klaves calls on team to ‘finish what we started’

By David Johnson

Sports Writer

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