Mount Olive’s T. J. Wilson was named Track Athlete of Freshman of the Year as the Trojans successfully defended their Conference Carolinas Men’s Championship Saturday afternoon in Banner Elk, N.C. Wilson swept the hurdles then took second in the triple jump as the Trojans outdistanced runner-up King for the team title.
Teammates Devonte Jenkins and Joe Murphy also brought home conference individual titles. Jenkins claimed the long jump with a distance of 7.23 meters, edging out Wilson at 7.05, both surpassing the meet record. Caleb Henderson finished fifth with a mark of 6.87. Murphy won the shot put with a distance of 14.34, followed by Ryan Campbell in third at 12.95.
Wilson helped the Trojans continue to dominate the jumps, winning the triple jump with a mark of 14.29. Nick MacAdam took third at 13.67. In the hurdles, Wilson took the 110 meters in 14.76 seconds, then completed the sweep by taking the 400 in 53.95. Both marks are meet records. Adriene Elmore was fourth in the 400 in 56.99.
The Trojans also fared well in the distance runs. In the 10,000 meters, Dalton Souza brought home third in 34:36.68. Teammates Erasmo Ordonez (34:40.74) and James Maloney (35:15.67) were fourth and sixth, respectively. In the 3,000 steeplechase, Souza finished second in 10:05.32; followed by Ordonez in second in 10:09.21; and Paul Hoffman in fourth at 10:12.86. In the 5,000 meters, the Trojans also placed three runners. Souza was fourth (16:04.41), followed by Ronnie Sturgill in fifth (16:09.55) and Ordonez in sixth (16:14.59).
Sturgill added fourth in the 1,500 with a time of 4:12.42, while Sebastian Diebel took fifth in the 800 in 2:00.67.
In the sprints, Decardo Cole finished third the 100 meters in 11.15 seconds, then placed fourth in 22.25 in the 200 meters. In the 400, Henderson brought home third in 49.41. Cole also took fourth in the high jump as he cleared 1.88 meters.
In the throws, Murphy also took second in the javelin (50.50) and hammer (43.39) throws and sixth in the discus (37.37). Campbell added third in the discus (37.64) and fifth in the hammer (42.41).
In the relays, Mount Olive finished second in the 4×100 and fifth in the 4×400.
Goldsboro Daily News. Reported by Amy Roux, Curtis Media 2012.