Lake Norman’s Spencer Evans

Lake Norman’s Spencer Evans successfully defends his West Regional individual title in the pole vault event. 

Earning the right to once again look down on the rest of the field Lake Norman’s Spencer Evans emerged as the area’s highest-finishing individual in the boys portion of the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s 4A Western Regional Track and Field Championship.

Evans cleared a distance of 14-feet even to surface outright as the individual champion of the regional competition’s pole vault event for the only gold medal by any other local-based entry.

The daylong affair, threatened by weather, was held on the campus of Charlotte Providence.

Evans, who gathered in some of his stiffest competition for the title within his team’s own camp, stood out as the most successful of all area entries to determine qualifiers for the upcoming state championship meet.

Evans successfully defended his regional championship from a year ago and landed as one of the four top seeds in attempting to repeat his state title collected a year ago in the pole vault event.

No other area entry fared as well.

In fact, one of the next best and limited few others to shore up a medal also came from Lake Norman’s talent pool. The Wildcats’ Drew Evans placed third in the pole vault for a bronze medal and merited the team its only other top-three finish at the regional affair.

Mooresville, the I-Meck Conference champion, parlayed its abundance of points-producing performances for the highest team finish. The Blue Devils accumulated a total of 47 points to place seventh overall among the total of 18 teams racking up points of some sort.

Lake Norman finished with 20 points accounting for a 15 th -place finish.

Sparking the Blue Devils, they received medal-worthy wins individually from Reggie Spratling with a second in the shot put, and Damien Gonzalez thanks to a third-place finish in the 1,600-meter run.

Additional scoring came courtesy of Keshaun Black in the 100-meter dash and long jump, Jake Trantham in the 400-meter dash, Carter Tacosik in the 800-meter and 1,600-meter runs, Ethan Brewer in the 1,600-meter run, Gonzalez and Tanner Smith in the 3,200-meter run, Carson Bavery in the 300-meter hurdles, Isaiah Ryle in the high jump, Sean Hill in the long jump, the trio of Malik Birchett, Treymin Jackson and Trevon Birchett in the triple jump, and Spratling in the discus.

The Devils’ foursomes making up the rosters of the 400-meter, 800-meter, 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter relays also help add to the team’s take.

For Lake Norman, it aided its appearance through additional points earned by Byrnes Pearson in the 200-meter dash, Griffin Horner and Dalton Graves in the 3,200-meter run, and Nick Cartwright in the 300-meter hurdles.

State finals entries from Mooresville feature Black, Trantham, Gonzalez and Spratling.

For Lake Norman, pole vault victor Spencer Evans and third-place finisher Drew Evans will each represent the Wildcats.

All qualifying to do so will represent their programs at the NCHSAA 4A class state championship track and field meet scheduled to take place Saturday on t N.C. A&T University’s home Aggie Stadium facility.

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