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Princeton’s track teams sweep conference meet

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PRINCETON — The Princeton High boys and girls track and field teams swept the 1-A Carolina Conference championship meet April 16 to cap off undefeated seasons.

The Lady Bulldogs took the championship by scoring 187 points with Rosewood coming in second with 101 points. Priceton sophomore Brook Connolly was the top performer for Princeton with four conference championships in high jump (5 feet), 800-meter (2 minutes, 48.02 seconds), 1,600 (6:19.2) and 3,200 (15:19.49).

Princeton senior Zoe Byrd won the 100 hurdles in 17.0 seconds, the 300 hurdles in 54.66 seconds and the triple jump with a leap of 33-9.5. Byrd also finished second in the long jump behind Neuse Charter junior Tylyia Triggs, who jumped 15-11.5. Triggs also took the conference championship in shot put with a throw of 28-5.75 as she led the Lady Cougars to sixth place. Princeton sophomore Sydney Norris won the pole vault with by clearing 8 feet. Norris was also a part of Princeton’s conference championship 4x100 relay, along with sophomore Emily Rubio, sophomore Shelby Thompson and freshman Nasira Jackson, who won in 57.62 seconds.

The Bulldogs posted 161 points, well ahead of runner-up Rosewood at 126 points. Senior Lane Woodall and sophomore Bryant Keokanya were the leading scorers for the Bulldogs with two conference championships and a second-place finish each. Woodall took the championships in the 800 run (2:09.44) and 1,600 run (4:46.38) while finishing second in the 3,200. Keokanya’s championships came in the long jump and triple jump with leaps of 20-3 and 40-2, respectively, while finishing second in the high jump. Senior Benjamin Bayles also won the conference championship in pole vault with a 10-6.

Neuse Charter finished sixth in the boys team standings with 42 points. Junior Naeem Davis and freshman John LePage had the best finishes for the Cougars. Davis finished second in the 100-meter dash. LePage finished third in the 400 dash.

This is the first time since 1995 that both the girls and boys outdoor track and field teams for Princeton won the conference title. This comes on the heels of the girls finishing undefeated in cross-country in which they both won the conference title.