The Northwest Guilford boys and girls track team set the stage for seasons to come with several strong performances in the NCHSAA state 4-A championships on Saturday at N.C. A&T University.
The Vikings also said good-bye to a pair of outstanding seniors, who capped their high school track careers in style.
For the boys, defending 800-meter state champ senior Carl Walton Jr. finished fifth in this year’s meet at 1:56.25, while junior Phillip Bryant captured a personal-best time of 49.44 en route to a sixth place finish in the 400 meter dash. Both boys helped the 4x400 relay team, along with junior Ken Eason and sophomore Aaron George, to a seventh-place finish and season-best 3:23.21. That time was one second away from a school record. Junior Evan Albertson, finished 14th in the state for the discus throw with a long heave of 124-03.
For the girls, senior Alyssa Torres ended her career with a personal-best of 5:11.21 in the 1,600-meter run, one second away from the school record, while also helping the 4X800 meter relay team to a 15th place finish.
“We had a good season, and while we were led by great efforts by our seniors Torres and Walton, we feel very good about the talent coming back next season,” said Vikings coach Charles Doak. “We hope to build on the momentum we developed this season with some of our younger athletes and with some returning leadership. We expect to be back at the state meet next year with a bigger and better team.”
Two Vikings will continue their track careers at the next level. Torres will continue running at UNC-Wilmington, while Walton is set to compete for UNC-Charlotte.