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old mark of 9:43.74 held by Casey Lyons.

“That’s a 20-se­cond PR. I didn’t think I could do that,” said Ni­chols, whose pre­vi­ous best was 10:04. “My goal was sub-10; never thought it was go­ing to be in the 30s. That was next year’s goal.”

For the se­cond time in three days, North Caro­line’s Ja’Mion Franklin left think­ing about of his goal for next year — win­ning the 2A boys’ shot put and dis­cus ti­tles.

Se­cond in the shot put Thurs­day to Here­ford se­nior Mike Nash, Franklin fin­ished run­ner-up to Nash again yes­ter­day in the dis­cus, with an ef­fort of 156 feet, 10 inches to the even­tual cham­pion’s 160-11.

“This week the com­pe­ti­tion was def­i­nitely higher, which drove me more,” said Franklin, who had not lost in the shot or dis­cus this sea­son prior to states. “I had some prac­tice com­ing into this week and that’s al­ways a plus. I was re­ally de­ter­mined this week.

“I hate los­ing,” Franklin said. “I was se­cond, so that was the first loser in both. I didn’t throw as good as I wanted to. I know I’ve got more in me and I know I’m ca­pa­ble of throw­ing bet­ter and per­form­ing bet­ter. It’s just driv­ing me for next year. I got to get bet­ter.”

Cam­bridge-SD’s Des­tiny Fran­tum, Ja­nee Qualies, Bri­anna Wongus and Ronke Oy­erinde were lead­ing the fast heat of the girls’ 1A 800 re­lay when a mis­cue on the ba­ton ex­chang took them first to an even­tual fourth­place fin­ish. That same group re­bounded though, to place se­cond in the 400 re­lay in 51.42.

“They re­cov­ered from it and it’s great that they placed se­cond,” Narr said.

North Caro­line’s 1,600-me­ter re­lay team of Katie Saathoff, Kyra Schul­ties, Emily Lewis and Lizzy Wal­ston came out of the slow heat to place se­cond over­all in a school-record 4:06.03 — with Lib­erty tak­ing first place in 4:05.19.

Saathoff stayed in con­tact with a large crunch of run­ners at the first ex­change and Schul­ties made a big pass, mov­ing into se­cond place be­fore hand­ing off to Lewis.

“I think I started way too fast, but I knew I needed to keep up just to keep my po­si­tion,” Schul­ties said. “Then when we came around to the 300-me­ter mark I knew I just needed to push.”

Lewis needed about half a dozen steps be­fore mov­ing into the lead and keep­ing it be­fore hand­ing off to Wal­ston, who wasn’t go­ing to be chal­lenged.

“Af­ter see­ing how all my girls did, I just had to go out there and re­lax; run what I run,” said Wal­ston, the lone se­nior on the re­lay. “Them run­ning what they did mo­ti­vated me so much more be­cause I knew I needed to run for them. And (head coach Glen) White­ley wanted us to break the school record and I knew I just had to go out there and do it.

“It’s un­be­liev­able,” Wal­ston said of the record­set­ting per­for­mance in her fi­nal high school race. “I feel like I’ve worked so hard to get here and now I’m here and I can say I broke a school record.”

Like North Caro­line’s Franklin, Colonel Richard­son’s Dar­rion Speller was al­ready look­ing for­ward to next year af­ter plac­ing third in the 1A boys’ triple jump with a leap of 42 feet, 7 inches.

“My se­cond phase has to get bet­ter,” Speller said. “My first phase is ter­rific, but my se­cond phase is not that good.”

Snow Hill’s Emily McAl­lis­ter won the 1A girls’ 1,600 me­ters with a time of 5:16.67.

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Kent Is­land’s Bran­don Ni­chols raises his arms in cel­e­bra­tion af­ter set­ting a new school record and fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the 2A boys’ 3,200 me­ters Satur­day at the state track and field cham­pi­onships.

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