The York Comprehensive High School boys' track team defeated rival Clover 76-64 last week.
"It was our first head-to-head region win in two years," head coach Joey Moore said.
Moore said the Cougars are scoring more points in the field events this season.
Another highlight has been the success of sophomore sprinter Quastin Walker.
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"Quastin hasn't lost in the 100 or 200 meters," Moore said.
Moore said the 4x100 relay team is running well.
Quention Wright has enjoyed success in the 400 meters, including first place against Clover.
"I'm giving 100 percent all of the time," he said. "My goal is to compete in the state meet."
Said Wright, "I will remain dedicated and do what the coaches expect of me. I want to do what's best for the team."
Matt Sanders placed first in the discus throw last week. He finished first in three previous meets.
Throwing the discus is a combination of strength and technique," Sanders said. "I practice hard and watch how others throw the discus."
Though the YCHS girls were beaten 89-51 at Clover, the senior duo of Keshia Thacker and Nicole Anderson continued their success in the discus and shot put.
Thacker set a school record this year in the discus, and Anderson set a school record in the shot put two years ago.
"I want to break my own record and win the state," Thacker said. "I will continue to work on the technique and strength it takes to be successful."
Girls head track coach Arsonia Stroud speaks in glowing terms of Thacker and Anderson.
"They are outstanding athletes and great examples of being solid citizens," Stroud said. "They are successful in the classroom.
"I would be proud if my niece followed their example in life."
Stroud said the girls' team has 26 kids competing, including seventh, eighth and ninth graders.
"The kids are working hard to improve," she said. "I am proud of them."
CHS track and field
Meanwhile, both York and Clover's track and field teams are gearing up for the Herald County Meet today at South Pointe High School.
Then, on April 24, the Region 3-AAAA Meet will be held at the same location.
The starting times are 5 p.m. for the county and region meets.
"We're excited about the championship level meets coming up," commented Nash Lyle, who coaches the girls' and boys' track and field teams at CHS.
Lyle said the teams have had to overcome injuries this season.
"The kids continue to work hard," the CHS coach said. "I think it is important that we peak at the right time."
If the teams are to peak at the right time, you can be sure that distance runners Mick Francis and Pa Chang will have something to do with it.
Both are among the up state's best and placed first in the 800 meters at home last week against rival York.
"Mick and Pa are running well," noted Lyle.
Chang continues to build stamina to meet the grinding demands of a distance runner.
"I run at least a mile a day," she said.
Chang, a senior, remembers being nervous the first time she ran the 800 meters in the early stages of her career.
"I gave it all I had and gained confidence," she recalls.
Senior Ryan Barkley has been successful for the boys team in the 400 meters, placing first against Nation Ford this year.
"I'm working hard and giving it everything I've got," Barkley said. "I didn't know I had it in me.
"I want to be successful and help the team."
In last week's meet against York, first place finishers for the Clover girls included: Amani Wood, triple jump and 100 hurdles; Olivia Hickson, high jump; Erin Cox; 100, Ellen Westmoreland; 1600; Kaitlin Pubentz, 3200 and pole vault; Chang, 800.
First place winners for the boys: Tre Turner, shot put; 1600, Luke Elston; 800, Francis; 3200, Thomas Honeyman; pole vault, Levi Gardner.