HS state track

Draughn's Leanna Seagraves clears the bar en route to winning the girls pole vault at the conference championship meet last month in Claremont. Seagraves, who also won the 2A West Regional title this spring, placed second on Saturday for her fifth career state medal.

GREENSBORO — Draughn junior Leanna Seagraves has never entered an NCHSAA track and field state championship meet, indoor or outdoor, in which she didn’t place first or second in the girls pole vault.

That trend continued Saturday in the 2A portion of the event hosted by North Carolina A&T University’s Irwin Belk Track, with Seagraves soaring 11 feet even to claim the silver medal for a second straight spring season.

It was a fifth state medal for Seagraves (two gold, three silver), who has upped the bar each time at state through her prep career, from 9’ in outdoor as a freshman to 9’8” in indoor as a sophomore, 10’ last year, 10’6” this year in indoor and 11’ on Saturday.

Surry Central sophomore Sarah Brown won gold at 12 feet on Saturday, establishing a new 2A girls state record.

“Leanna has progressed every year,” Wildcats coach Jonathan Dameron said. “She almost hit a couple times at 11-feet-6 and she’s jumping for the state record right there. She was just up against one of the top jumpers in all classes who did break the record. But hitting 11 was big for Leanna, and I thought she had a great day.

“Her and coach (Phillip) Harkey have made this trip three years and hopefully they’ll do it a fourth time next year.”

Seagraves’ was the only medal for Burke County athletes in the six early events on the day, though Patton sophomore Faith Younts joined her with a podium spot. 

Younts ran the girls 800 meters in 2:24.87, about three and a half seconds better than her qualifying time, and the mark was good for fourth place. 

Patton senior Evan Westra came the next closest, tying for fourth in the boys high jump but losing in the tiebreaker at 6’4” to finish sixth. Panthers junior Noah Sheets landed a mark of 20’2½” for 10th place in the boys long jump.  

Draughn sophomore Saniah O’Neil placed 11th in girls discus (91’10”).

The Patton boys 4x200 meter relay of Sheets, Bryan Hernandez, William Brawley and Hunter Butler took 13th (1:32.57), shaving more than a tenth of a second off their qualifying time.

Results from the boys 4x400 relay, which included Patton's Sheets, Hernandez, Westra and Jaryd Conley, were not available Saturday at presstime. 

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