McKiver, Simmons prove dynamic duo
Move over, Batman and Robin.
Make way, Laverne and Shirley.
Another dynamic duo grabbed the spotlight on Friday at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2A track and field championships at Irwin Belk Track on the N.C. A&T campus.
Nora McKiver and Paisley Simmons delivered a 1-2 punch for the ages, combining for four individual titles and helping T.W. Andrews set a state record in the 400 relay.
Sparked by their senior stars, the Red Raiders just missed the state team crown. Andrews and Carrboro were tied for first place with two events remaining before the Jaguars pulled away to win with 77 points. Andrews secured second with 61 points.
“I’m happy to help our team finish so well,” Simmons said.
In the boys meet, Andrews’ Amari Devaughn captured the state title at 400 meters in 48.5 seconds, helping the Red Raiders finish sixth as a team.
McKiver, headed to Virginia Tech in the fall, broke her own state 2A record in the 300 hurdles with a time of 42.7 seconds, captured the 100 hurdles in 14.37 seconds, placed second in the 200 dash in 25.28 seconds and ran the second leg on the victorious 400 relay. The quartet of Mikel Franklin, McKiver, Traniece Wilson and Simmons clocked 48.27 seconds to shatter a nine-year-old state record.
For her efforts, McKiver earned meet MVP honors.
“It’s a nice way to end my career as a Red Raider,” McKiver said.
Simmons also merited MVP consideration after her performance. Simmons, who will attend N.C. State in the fall, swept the 100- and 200-meter championships. She captured the 100 in 12.05 seconds, bagged the 200 in 24.61 and ran the anchor leg on the 100.
It was a fitting way for McKiver and Simmons to cap their stellar prep careers.
McKiver will graduate from Andrews with three straight outdoor hurdles doubles, having swept the 100 and 300 as a sophomore, junior and senior.
Simmons, meanwhile, finishes her Red Raider career with state 100 crowns as a freshman, junior and senior and state 200 titles as a junior and senior.
Cuthbertson’s girls placed third with 55.5 points, followed by Burlington Cummings at 45 and South Iredell and Swansboro at 31.
Cedar Ridge’s boys captured the team crown with 63 points, followed by Cummings at 59, Carrboro at 35, North Lincoln at 34 and Greene Central at 32. Andrews boys took sixth with 28 points. East Davidson’s boys shared 40th with three points.
Also for Andrews’ boys, Keyonne Horne took fourth place in the 300 hurdles in 40.29 and placed sixth in the 110 hurdles in 15.64. The Red Raiders’ 400 relay of Jamil Nesbitt, Ivan Milliken, Marquell Cartwright and Devaughn earned fourth in 42.98. Andrews’ 1,600 relay of Devaughn, Lamar Raynard, Williams Nunez and Horne took fourth in 3:27.84.
East Davidson’s Salvador Pecina placed sixth in the 800 in 2:03.48.
Isaiah Moore of Cummings earned boys MVP honors, capturing state titles in the long jump and 110 high hurdles and placing second in the high jump and 300 hurdles.
Carrboro’s girls were led by Grace Morken, who won the 800 and 1,600 and anchored the state-championship 1,600 relay.
West Davidson’s Callie Wynn shattered the state’s oldest girls 2A record, breaking the 3,200 mark by almost six seconds in clocking 11:12.28.
The NCHSAA 4A meet is set for today at N.C. A&T.