05/15/06 — Eastern Wayne duo, relay team qualifies for state 3-A meet

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Eastern Wayne duo, relay team qualifies for state 3-A meet

By Rudy Coggins
Published in Sports on May 15, 2006 1:59 PM

BAILEY -- Eastern Wayne's Genia Baker and Noelle Kelly each recorded a top-four finisher and qualified for the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A track and field championships scheduled for later this week.

Baker recorded a personal-best time of 25.64 seconds in the 200 and took fourth place on the Firebird Stadium track at Southern Nash Senior High. Kelly emerged second in the 400-meter run with a time of 1:01.02.

Kelly and Baker participated on the 1,600-meter relay team that also qualified for the state finals. Along with Nikki Allen and Alysa Artis, the foursome posted a runner-up time of 4:07.5.

The same quartet turned in a fifth-place time of 1:46.55 in the 200-meter relay. They missed qualifying for the state meet by a mere .33-hundredths of a second.

Richelle Butler seized sixth place in the shot put with a throw of 31 feet, 9 inches.

The state finals are scheduled for Friday at N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro.

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