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Rams, Wolverines highlight indoor track and field state championship

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WINSTON-SALEM — Both Rolesville and Wakefield produced two first-place winners at the 4A indoor track and field state championship Saturday at JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem.

Starting with Rolesville, Kendall Artis won first place in the boys high jump with a measurement of 6-feet-8-inches. His teammate, Timothy Mercaldo, was right behind him at second place with 6-feet-4-inches.

Michael Gupton won the boys 55-meter dash for the Rams in 6.22 seconds, which is an all-time personal record. The sophomore also placed second in the 300 at 35.34 seconds.

Rolesville’s boys 4x400-meter relay team also placed third with a time of 3:32.97 behind Olympic High School’s 3:32.19.
Jade Houston won third place in the girls long with a jump of 17-feet-4-inches. The senior also placed fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 37-feet-10-inches.

Shawnti Jackson was the top performer for Wakefield. The freshman won first place in the girls 55-meter dash with 6.91 seconds. She also won the 300-meter dash with 39.01 seconds.

Heritage’s Danny Renard won first place in the boys 500-meter dash with 1:04.92. The senior finished ahead of West Forsyth’s Braxton Ware by less than a second.

Rolesville finished fourth overall in the boys team rankings with 42 points, which is their best performance in school history. The Rams also placed seventh overall in the girls team rankings with 25 points.

Wakefield placed ninth overall in the girls team rankings with 20 points. Heritage finished 14th overall in the boys team rankings with 15 points.

Rebekah Smith became the first two-time state champion in Franklinton history after she won the girls high jump in the 3A state championship. The senior won first place with 5-feet-4-inches.

Nehemiah Judkins placed fifth for the Red Rams in the boys high jump with a measurement of 6-feet-2-inches.

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