Silver streakers shock State
Two silver finishes, two All-State recognitions and a new school record marked the end of the girls track season, proving once again that hard work does pay off.
Junior Brylee Parham soared through the air for a 9’ 0” vault to finish second at the state meet, while the 4x400 relay team of Ashlyn Waldroup, Harleigh Lane, Zoie Lambert, and Meghan Myler set a school record in their second-place finish with a time of 4:14.82.
“This was a very small group, but with big talent,” coach Ronny Carringer said. “The state meet was a big success. Everyone met or surpassed their seeding. The 4x100 time was the second best in school history. Brylee was in a jump off for first place in the pole vault, the 4x400 setting a new school record. It was a very satisfying season for me. The small numbers allowed me to coach more, and I enjoyed that.”
Waldroup, Lane, Lambert, and Myler erased the school 4x400 record set in 2008 by Lauren (Griggs) Garland, Miah (Williams) Vereen, Karissa (Garland) Warner, and Maggie Jackson.
Myler and Lane also placed a respectable sixth in the 4x100 relay, teaming with Liz Ayers and Lanie Stewart for a :52.36 clocking. Stewart, a talented freshman, also earned a sixth in the high jump by topping 4’ 10”.
“It was a great way to end the season, and my high school career,” said Myler, who also competed at State in 2014, 2015 and 2016. “That was the first medal I’ve ever won at a state competition and that made it very special for me.”
Waldroup was also on the big stage for the fourth time.
Coach Ronny Carringer said this year’s team was one of the smallest groups he’s coached, but they displayed a mightly work ethic.
Myler was in agreement about the success of the state meet.
“I feel like all of us did the very best we could do at the state meet, and I don’t think any of us could have done anything differently,” Myler said. It was our best split times, and our best times overall. We left it all out there on the track and I couldn’t be more proud of my teammates and our accomplishments.”
As a team, Robbinsville finished 10th out of 50 schools with 22 points. North Stokes won the meet with 61 points. Murphy was second with 47, Swain was 5th with 38 and Andrews was 7th with 30 points.