Highland’s Tolbert, Mountain Island Charter boys lead Gaston gold rush

GREENSBORO — Highland Tech’s Lauren Tolbert ended her high school track career in style Saturday at North Carolina A&T State University’s Irwin Belk Track.

The Duke track and field recruit added three gold medals to her collection, claiming NCHSAA 1A titles in the 100-, 200- and 800-meter races. Tolbert’s time of 2:09.37 set a new 1A state meet record, breaking a mark previously held by Community School of Davidson’s Malia Ellington in 2015.

Tolbert was named the event’s most outstanding performer. Her only blemish in an otherwise perfect afternoon was the 400-meter race, which she did not finish.

Tolbert’s career concludes with six outdoor track and field titles. She also won two indoor track titles and the 2021 1A girls cross country championship.

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Mountain Island Charter also continued its run of dominance, repeating as 1A boys track and field champion. The Raptors racked up 99 points during Saturday’s meet, 47 ahead of second-place Union Academy.

Senior Trevin Moyer swept the 100-, 200- and 400-meter events. Moyer set a new 1A state meet record in the 400-meter race, his time of 46.97 seconds eclipsing the mark previously set by Cherryville’s Trentavis on Friday.

Mountain Island Charter’s team of Trae Nickelson, Jonavon Fisher, Reginald Taylor and Benjamin Patton flexed its collective muscle as well, collecting state gold in the 4×100- and 4×200-meter relays.

Jaylin Milton-Hall finished as runner-up in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and third in the 400. Benjamin Patton was fourth in the 100-meter dash, while Connor Logue placed second in the pole vault with a mark of 13 feet, six inches. Mountain Island Charter’s 4×400 relay team finished third in the state.

State champions

Class 3A

Austin Brotemarkle, Forestview: The Forestview standout earned the 3,200-meter title, completing the race with a time of 9:30.90. Stuart Cramer’s Nicholas and Zachary Willer finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

North Lincoln boys 4×100 relay team: The Knights crossed the line with a time of 42.95 to claim state gold. East Lincoln finished third.

Alexis Willis, Stuart Cramer: After claiming second in the long jump (18 feet, six inches), she won the triple jump event with a leap of just beyond 39 feet.

Zachary Willer, Stuart Cramer: The Storm distance athlete capped a stellar senior year with a 3A title in the 1,600-meter run. He crossed the line with a time of 4:19.86, less than a second in front of South Central’s Cooper Kleckner. Twin brother Nicholas finished third in the race.

Class 1A

Cherryville 4×400-meter relay team: The tandem of Mason Grindstaff, Cooper Sloan, Jack Mulvey and Jackson Owens crossed the line in 3:30.35, two seconds better than runner-up Union Academy.

Mountain Island Charter girls relay teams: The team of Cadence Smith, Madison Forsythe, Natalie Patton and Hope Barwick claimed gold in the 4×200-meter relay, crossing the line in 1:46.72. The Raptors claimed second in the 4×800-meter race and third in 4×400.


  • Ashbrook 4×200-meter relay team: Finished fourth at 3A meet with a time of 1:30.26.

  • Arielle Baker, Mountain Island Charter: Placed second (34 feet, 1.25 inches) in Class 1A in the girls shot put event.

  • Kyha Brooks, Cherryville: Brooks finished second in the 1A high jump event with a mark of 5 feet, 2 inches.

  • Carly Correll, North Lincoln: Her toss of 107 feet, seven inches was good for fourth in Class 3A.

  • Lori Glavan, North Lincoln: Finished fourth in the girls Class 3A 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:24.63.

  • Katherine Hopkins, Lincolnton: Finished second with a time of 5:29.92 in the Class 2A 1,600-meter run, 10 seconds behind Natalie Almond of West Stanly.

  • Kaniyah Hopper, Shelby: Her toss of 109 feet, 10 inches allowed her to finish fourth in the Class 2A shot put event.

  • Lincoln Charter 4×800-meter team: Finished second with a time of 8:13.92 in the Class 2A race.

  • North Lincoln girls 4×800-meter relay: Claimed third with a time of 10:08.34 in the Class 3A race.

  • Kelbi Pierce, North Lincoln: Wound up third in the Class 3A 3,200-meter race with a time of 11:29.92 .

  • Liam Sutton, North Lincoln: Finished second in Class 3A in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles.

This article originally appeared on The Gaston Gazette: Highland’s Tolbert, MICS boys lead Gaston gold rush at NCHSAA track meet