Princeton boys' and girls' track teams win Carolina 1-A title

At the Carolina 1-A Conference track meet on Wednesday, the Princeton boys’ and girls’ track teams go undefeated for the year and won the conference championship in the same year. The boys finished the season 21-0, while the girls went 20-0 on the season. It’s the first time since 1995 that the boys and girls won the championship in the same year. The track championships follow up an undefeated cross country season for both boys and girls, the girls also went undefeated in indoor track. The boys finished second in indoor track. The Bulldogs’ program has won five conference championships this year, and one-second place finish.

For the boys, Princeton came in first with 161 points. Rosewood finished second with 126 points, Lakewood placed third with 101 points while Hobbton gathered 99 points. Union came in fifth with 69 points. Neuse Charter was sixth with 42 points, while North Duplin had three points. Rosewood Michael Reid placed first in both the 100-meter (11.82) and the 200-meter (23.83). Hobbton’s Donnie Davis swept the shot put (41.02) and the discus throw (115). Princeton’s Lane Woodall won the 1600-meter (4:46.38), and Bryant Keokanya was second in the high jump (5 feet, 8 inches) while winning the triple jump event.

Princeton’s Benjamin Bayles grabbed first place in the high jump (10 feet, 6 inches). Rosewood’s Joseph Fuller won the 110-meter hurdles (17.02) and the 300-meter hurdles.

Rosewood’s Johnny Hallenbeck finished first in the 400-meter (55.38), and Woodall finished first in the 800-meter. Rosewood won the 4x200, 4x100 relay, 4x400, while Union took the 4x800 relay.

For girls, Princeton won with 187, while Rosewood came in second with 101 points. Lakewood placed third with 90 points, Hobbton placed fourth with 80 points and Union placed fifth with 37 points. Neuse Charter was sixth with 34 points, and North Duplin finished with 21 points.

Princeton won the 4x100 relay, Rosewood took the 4x200, while Hobbton won the 4x400 and 4x800 relays. Lakewood’s Rilya Mitchell won the discus, while Neuse Charter’s Tylyia Triggs took the shot put and long jump events. Rosewood’s Miyah McCall came in first in the 100-meter dash and second on the 200-meter dash. Hobbton’s India Alston placed first in the 400-meter dash. Princeton’s Brook Connolly won the 800-meter, 1,600-meter runs, and 3,200-meter runs, while her teammate Zoe Byrd took first in 100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles.

Prep softball

Rocky Mount Academy 3, Wayne Christian 0

Wayne Christian School’s varsity softball team lost 3-0 to the number one team in the state, Rocky Amount Academy. Brianna Verme had the loss and pitched a complete game. She faced 27 batters, gave up five hits, tossed nine strikeouts and two walks. Wayne (5-3 overall) will take their spring break and will be back in action on April 29 against Wilson Christian Academy.

Prep baseball

Goldsboro 14, Wallace-RoseHill 4

With the return of Auston Ruiz to the batting lineup, the Cougars were able to play at full strength. The Cougars started slow on defense with five errors in the first three innings. Going into the bottom of the third inning the score was 2-2, Natorian Nobles laid down a bunt single, stole second base and scored on Cameron Roux’s two-strike single. Roux was tremendous all night for the Cougars with big hits in critical situations, Roux was 2-2 with four RBIs and had a stellar game at third base. Leadoff hitter Matthew Lewis was 2-3 with three RBIs, while Nobles chipped in two hits.

Winning pitcher Josh Hartsfield (five innings, three hits, six strikeouts, two walks, and two earned runs) contributed a double. Peyton Wilkins also hit a double. Ultimately the Cougars rolled to a 14-4 victory.

Prep girls’ soccer

Princeton 5, North Duplin 0

Esbeydy Bautista and Veronica Blackman both scored two goals to lead Princeton past North Duplin. Kiana Brewton scored one goal, while Rachel Creech had one assist.