Girls relay teams part of the mix

Havelock’s 4x200 and 4x100 relay teams won conference titles, placed high at regionals and qualified for June’s New Balance Nationals in Greensboro.

The reason those four runners are dialed in – because of their bond and a strong passion for track and field.

“We are all sisters. We all have a strong passion for running track and I think that brings us together. It’s a bond,” said Havelock junior Olivia Kinsey.

The four Havelock track runners – Kinsey, Nydia Brown, Alera Jackson and Nyesha Patillo – will compete in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays at Friday’s 3A Track and Field Championships in Greensboro.

“We just need to work hard and do what we need to do,” said Brown, a sophomore. “We work hard and practice and do what we need to do.”

In all, Havelock High will have six athletes represent the school at the state meet.

Sophomore Adrianna Hagel will race in the 800-meter dash. Justin Wears, a senior, will throw the discus.

Hagel made it to states last year as a freshman and placed fourth at last week’s regional meet in Wilson with a time of 2:27.08. She hopes to cut her time by at least two seconds on Friday.

“I’m looking forward to beating my PR (personal record). I’m going to have to do my best,” Hagel said. “I’m going to practice that first lap because you never want to wear out yourself in the beginning.

“I hope to get into the top five. It’s going to be pretty hard because the competition is pretty good this year.”

Wears took fourth in the discus at regionals with a throw of 141 feet, nine inches.

Patillo, a junior, will take to the track in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes – giving her four events to run in Greensboro.

She placed third in the 100 (12.69 seconds) and third in the 200 (28.93 seconds) at regionals.

“I expect myself to PR (personal record) in all my events and try the best I can to be a state champion,” Patillo said. “At states, there will be more of a break in between each event. With the help of God, anything is possible. I just count out Him.”

Last season, the runners on the 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams made it to states with the exception of Jackson, a freshman.

The 4x100 took second at regionals and the 4x200 was third.

“I’m expecting us to go out there and do what we do best and be able to push it and win. We come out here to practice and give it our all,” Jackson said.

The running events begin at 10 a.m. on the track at N.C. A&T University.

Adam Thompson is the sports editor at the Sun Journal.