Eastern Wayne’s Angus Dove took the handoff from his teammate and entered the first turn in a full stride.
Southern Wayne had a lead, but Dove flashed a thumbs up to his teammates and turned on the jets. Dove pushed ahead crossed the finish line first.
“Angus is pretty much our rabbit,” Eastern Wayne head coach Leander Oates said. “He stepped up, we had some key injuries, but Angus as junior let everybody know that he’s someone people should be watching.
“The team knows what he can do, and with our crowd backing him up he knew that was going to be an extra boost to finish strong.”
The come from behind victory, the second staged by Dove on the day, enabled Eastern Wayne to win the Wayne County Track and Field team champion by the slimmest of margins — 146.40-143.
Charles B. Aycock placed third with 103.20 points. Rosewood (79.20 points), Goldsboro (65.20) and Wayne Country Day all participated.
Dove’s heroics came after a photo finish in the 200-meter dash. Dove came in first with a time of 23.39, while Southern Wayne’s Taylen West finished with a time of 23.41.
“I was just hoping I got it out,” Dove said. “He pushed me good, so I knew it was going to be close. It’s really great to win. We were unfortunate in the 4x2, so I knew I had to make it up to my teammates somehow.”
The Warriors also received individual victories from sprinter Isaac Crossland (100-meter dash) and Kristopher Clark (high jump).
Goldsboro’s Hakeem Coley Hamilton captured the county title in the long jump. Southern Wayne’s Xavious Speight claimed the triple jump. Rosewoods’ Braeden Reiss and Adrian Braswell tied for first place in the pole vault.
Southern Wayne won the 4x800 relay.
C.B. Aycock’s distance specialist Chance Hobday emerged victorious in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs. Hobday posted a time of 5:08.10 in the 1,600 and took the 3,200 in 11:04.82.
Eastern Wayne’s Kamron Artis won the discus event with a throw of 115 feet, while teammate Jaikwez Woresly placed first in shot put.
Southern Wayne’s Thomas Malik won the 300 hurdles, while Tayvon Callahan won the 110 hurdles. The Saints also prevailed in the 4x100 relay in 44.11 seconds.
With a final score of 204 points, the Warriors also claimed the girls’ title. Southern Wayne came in second with a score of 122. Goldsboro secured third place with 59 points. Rosewood (48 points), Charles B. Aycock (26) and Wayne Country Day (24) rounded out the meet.
Eastern Wayne won the 4x400 relay and got individual victories from Destany Fuller (100-meter dash), Zakaria Evans (100 hurdles), Jada Hamilton (400-meter dash), Sharadiant Hamilton (300-meter hurdle) and Taniyah Oates (high jump). Fuller also won the 200-meter dash. The Warriors also claimed the 4x100 relay.
Rosewood’s Kimberlin Jones won the pole vault event, and teammate Jaylee Amy took the 3,200-meters and 1,600-meters. The Eagles’ Summer Fulghum emerged victorious in the triple jump.
Southern Wayne senior Alexus Elliott triumphed in the shot put and discus, while Goldsboro’s Doris Ajagbe placed first in the 800-meter run.
Erykah Baldwin, from Southern Wayne, won the long jump event.
Eastern Wayne won the 4x200 and the 4x400 relay and Southern Wayne took the 4x800 relay.
“We feel like they did their very best and that’s all we asked them to do,” Southern Wayne head coach Ronnie McClary said. “We did a good job, it didn’t add up to an overall victory, but we did a good job, we got a lot of kids that won medals and came in first.”