John A. Holmes wins first NCHSAA 1A track and field team state championship

Aces earned medals in four events Saturday


L-r: John A. Holmes' Zakeem Brooks and Aaron Pryce earned medals in the boys' 300-meter hurdles at the NCHSAA Class 1A track and field state championship meet, Saturday.


From staff reports

Monday, May 20, 2019

GREENSBORO — Members of the John A. Holmes boys’ track and field team concluded its season the way every team wants to: with a state championship.

The Aces secured medals in four events to secure the NCHSAA Class 1A team state championship Saturday at North Carolina A&T State University.

Edenton posted 40 points, Tarboro was second with 36 points and Polk County was tied for third with Murphy with 35 points.

According the NCHSAA, the team title was the first in program history for the long-time NCHSAA member school.

Perquimans secured five points to finish tied for 37th place with Southeast Halifax.

The Aces secured state championships from senior Aaron Pryce in the boys’ 300-meter hurdles, the 4x100 meter relay team of Pryce, Nakevin Hill, Zakeem Brooks and Kentreaz Coston and the 4x200 meter relay team of Josiah Carter, Brooks, Coston and Pryce.

Brooks finished third in the 300-meter hurdles.

Pryce also earned the NCHSAA Sportsmanship award.

Perquimans’ Ceo Riddick, a senior, finished fourth in the boys’ 300-meter hurdles to secure a medal.

Athletes and relay teams that finish in the top four in their event earn a medal.

In the girls’ competition, Camden finished in 18th place, while John A. Holmes finished tied for 26th place with Northside, Louisburg and North Moore.

Murphy won the girls’ team state championship with 49.50 points, while East Carteret was second with 47.50 points.

Camden’s 4x800 meter relay team of Brookelyn Johnson, Keeley Williams, Cadence Langton and Hannah Healy finished fourth in the event.

Holmes’ LeAsia Stanley took fourth place in the girls’ shot put.