WILMINGTON — Led by Zamir White and Willie Douglas, the Scotland High School track and field team was well represented over the weekend at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A East Regional.
The pair finished first in the 100 meters and the long jump respectively as the Scotland boys finished 12th out of the 21 schools that competed in the event, which was hosted at Ashley High School.
Scotland’s 4×100 meter relay team, which also featured White, qualified for this weekend’s state championship meet in Greensboro with a second-place finish. The Scots clocked a time of 42.40 to secure the runner-up spot while Hoke County captured the regional title with a time of 41.69.
The Southeastern Conference had a trio of schools finish in the relay’s top three as Richmond Senior followed close behind Scotland. The Raiders had a time of 42.62.
After being disqualified for an early start during the conference meet, White rebounded in a big way in the regional 100 meters. The sophomore finished second in the preliminaries behind Richmond’s Dante Miller, but he blazed his way to a regional title with a time of 10.58, narrowly edging Hoke’s Brandon Smith who came in second at 10.59.
Miller placed fourth in the final race at 10.84.
Douglas, a senior who also starred on the Scots basketball and football teams this season, captured the long jump championship after posting a mark of 22 feet, 4 inches. That far surpassed the distance he recorded at the SEC meet (21 feet, 5 1/2 inches).
Hoke’s Devin Norwood finished third in the final jump with a mark of 21 feet, 8 inches.
The Bucks won the team regional championship with 91 total points while Jack Britt was second with 85 points. Pinecrest was the second-highest SEC school, placing fifth overall with 42 points, and Richmond came in seventh with 39 points.
Scotland totaled 28 points, and Purnell Swett and Lumberton tied for last with four points.
On the girls’ side, the Scots placed 17th out of the 19 schools in attendance with seven points.
Shanqaylia Stanton was the top individual Scotland performer, placing fifth in the girls long jump with a distance of 16 feet, 5 inches.
The Lady Scots’ 4×100 team consisting of Stanton, Jazmen Williams, Nahir Pegues and Makkena Burt also had a stellar showing, coming in sixth at 51.00.
Pinecrest cruised to the girls regional title, finishing with 123 total points which far outpaced the rest of the field. Hoke was second with 79 points, and Richmond was the next-highest SEC school in ninth place with 31 points. Lumberton was one spot ahead of Scotland, placing 16th with 10 points.
The NCHSAA 4A state championship meet is slated to take place this Saturday on the campus of North Carolina A&T University. Gates open at 8 a.m. for teams, 8:30 for spectators and competition will begin at 10. Admission is $10.
Logan Martinez can be reached at 910-506-3170. Follow him on Twitter @L_Martinez13.