Lee County and Harnett Central fought for a split decision at a Tri-County Conference track and field meet last week at the Yellow Jackets track. Lee’s men won their half of the competition 97-41, but the Visiting Trojans won the women’s competition by 91-16.
The men’s half of the competition was decided by Harnett Central who had no one to compete in the sprint events, where the Yellow Jackets held a 24-3 lead in the individual events and 25-0 in the relays. The Trojans’ best events were the long distance race and hurdles, where they held a 30-11 point lead, but Lee won it all.
Lee only had a few contenders for the women’s half of the competition and Central won all aspects of that competition.
Jacket’s men clearly dominated the 100 meters, where Aaron Wallace, Ben Ramsperger and Kenyon Palmer finished 1-2-3. The Trojans responded with a victory for Greyson Culbreth in 1600, but Alex Villatoro and Hugo Guevara were on his heels the entire race and finished second and third to collect four team points for Lee. In the men’s 400, Ervin Almanzar of the Yellow Jackets beat Cameron Smith of Central by four and a half seconds, while Christian Hernandez of Lee was third. Almanzar then completed a 400-800 brace, beating Culbreth by almost four seconds.
Lee’s women earned their only individual victory in the 200, as rookie Damaya McLean won by 1.8 seconds. Lee’s Cally Tabon was third.
When the men took to the track for the 400, the Yellow Jackets were 1-2-3 against Wallace, Palmer and Jason Berdecia.
Lee used a completely different lineup and won the 4×400 relay behind Aaron Lule-Caballero, Sam Benton, Jude Fuller and Guevara.
The Jackets got another 1-2-3 in men’s shooting, where Tyler McMullen, Dayreon Jennings and Wyatt Rickard took all nine points for the team. On the women’s side, Lee’s Lauren Smith was third in the throw and second in the discus.
The Jackets’ Mark Schlesinger threw 88’10 “on disc to win the event by nine inches, with Jennings third. The long jump was entirely in Lee County, as Jay’lnn Bristow, Almanzar and Berdecia finished 1 -2-3 On the triple jump, Benton and Palmer were second and third behind Logan Stroud of Central.
Bristow, Wallace and Tyler Walden swept the high jump for the Yellow Jackets.