If there were any doubts about the quality of the Louisburg Hurricanes track team, they were ended this weekend at the Raleigh Relays and Mount Olive Trojan Challenge.
The weekend started at the prestigious Raleigh Relays on the campus of NC State where a limited 'Canes squad featuring a group of All- Americans participated in one of the best meets in the east. Tayshaun Chisholm led Louisburg on the day with a 5th place finish clocking a fantastic 14.59 time into a massive headwind. Orlandus Gamble also had a stellar day placing 6th in the high jump with a mark of 2.00 Meters. Zach Boyers came 12th in the shot-put on Friday while Kyle Hinson closed out the day by qualifying for nationals in the 10 000 meter race.
Saturday started out on a similar note as the 'Canes traveled to Mount Olive for the Trojan Challenge. Tamiyah Megginson began the day by placing 8th in the Long jump Competition with an outdoor school record of 4.97 meters. She then came back to place 6th in the Triple Jump and 7th in the 200 meter race. Orlandus Gamble similarly had solid results in the jumps competing for the second straight day. He came 3rd in the Long Jump with a school record 6.46 meters and won the high jump in a national qualifying mark of 2.06 Meters.
On the sprint side it was much of the same as PR's and great performances ruled the day. The sprint team started off the afternoon by placing second in the 4x100 meter race. Their 42.01 clocking narrowly missed qualification for nationals but set a school record none the less. The day continued with some stellar performances in the 100 meter race as the school record would get broken 3 times in one day. Dequan Lynn started the performances by running a 10.98 clocking in the 100 meters only to be topped by Zion Munnelyn's 10.96 both of those athletes made the finals where Zion placed 4th and Dequan 6thTyler Burns narrowly missed out on the finals placing 10th with a time of 11.10. For the Lady Canes Daijah Miles came 9th with a time of 12.96 while Domonique Branch had a solid race coming in 13th.
The 400 meter hurdle race saw another record go down as Tayshaun Chisholm ran a 57.45 in his first 400 hurdle race of the season to place 5th. Malcolm Wade ran a very gutsy performance in the hurdles running a 1:00.68 time good enough for 13th in his first ever race at that distance.
In the 400 meter race the Canes placed all four of their runners in the top 20 as they were led by Levin Koonce's clocking of 51.17 to come 8th in the event. John Connelly came 12th Jairus Page came 13th and Donovan Ritter came a very impressive 20thin his first ever 400 meter race to round out the squad. On the women's side Ashley Pearce led the team coming 10th in her first 400 of the season.
The 200 Meter Race saw some very impressive performances as well as the Canes put 4 runners under the 23 second barrier. The Canes were led by Tyler Burns who ran 22.46 which is the fastest time by any Louisburg athlete this season. Joining him in the 22 second club were Levin Koonce 22.67, Nigel Cobb 22.69, and Donovan Ritter who ran 22.95. The lady canes had some very impressive performances as well led by an 8th place finish narrowly missing going under 26 seconds with a time of 26.05, Daijah Miles running 27.18 and Domonique Branch running 27.73.
On the distance side the Canes were led by Albert Norman in the steeple chase in a school record and near national qualifier of 10:01 to finish 6th overall. Qua-Ronz Robinson ran 1:56.76 in the 800 meter race to finish 2nd place overall. Zaire Jordan also ran an impressive time of 2:01.04 to come 10th. While on the Ladies side Imperial Harris led the 800 meter runners coming in 15th while Hailey Euler came 16th in the 1500.
Finally throws finished out the day with big personal bests from Zach Boyers who got his first collegiate win in 16.35 meters for the shot put. Jamison Kyles got a personal best and made his first college final throwing 12.84.
The Canes ended the day by winning the 4X400 meter race beating the rest of the field by two seconds. The team of Koonce, Robinson, Jordan, and Cobb ran 4:22.75 making it the third fastest 4x400 meter race of the season.
Overall The hurricanes were scored against a number of Division 2 and Division 3 Universities with the Men's team coming in 4th while beating schools like Barton and UNC-Pembroke while the Women's team came 9th