As individual highlights reels go, these no doubt rank right up there among the best for a pair of high school girls track and field teams.
Mooresville High School’s Rebecca Karriker cleared a height of nine-feet, six-and-a-half inches to for a first-place finish in the pole vault event, while Lake Norman’s Maddie Huecker beat all challengers to the finish line in the 3,200-meter run during the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s 4A West Regional Track and Field Championship Meet held at Charlotte Providence.
Karriker earned the only gold medal any Mooresville girls athlete and helped captain the crew of earning invites to this week’s state championship meet.
Lake Norman’s Maddie Huecker crossed the finish line the fastest to take top honors in the 3,200-meter run. It was the premier placement for Huecker during a meet in which she also logged in with a silver medal in the 1,600-meter run.
The pair of firsts by the local participants led their teams to top-11 finishes in the West Regional event.
Lake Norman accumulated a total of 29 points to place 10 th while Mooresville lined up next with its 27 points to finish 11 th . A total of 16 teams collected points of some kind in the regional to determine qualifiers for the state championship meet.
The Devils’ Karriker carried the torch among her team’s entries.
Also helping pad the team’s scoring total were third-place finishes for bronze medals by Payton Tucker in the pole vault and D’Nahjah Harrell in the high jump. Additional individual points were picked up by Harrell in the long jump, Brianna Pratt in both the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs, Daynah Black in the triple jump, and Olivia Vero in the discus.
In team-related affairs, members of the Devils’ 400-meter, 800-meter, 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter relays all placed 10 th or better.
For Lake Norman, the Wildcats’ Huecker set the pace with her pair of top-two finishes.
Tacking on to the team’s point total came thanks to Kaleigh Stolberg in both the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs, Amari Johnson in the 100-meter hurdles, Nikole Mccahill in the triple jump, and Natajiia Freeman in both the discus and shot put.
Lake Norman’s 800-meter and 3,200-meter relay rosters also tallied point.
Entries from Mooresville’s girls team placing high enough in their events to merit state finals berths included Karriker, Payton and Harrell.
Lake Norman’s Huecker was the lone Wildcats representative to land a finals bid.
Those entries, headlined by the regional champions, will now advance into the NCHSAA 4A Track and Field Championship Meet scheduled to take place at Aggie Stadium at N.C. A&T University Saturday.