1st Annual Metrolina Relays

April 17, 1970
East Mecklenburg HS, Charlotte, NC

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 1 East Mecklenburg 96
 2 Rock Hill (SC) 89
 3 Charlotte Garinger 59
 4 South Mecklenburg 55
 5 West Mecklenburg 42
 6 Charlotte Independence 33
 7 Hickory 22
 8 Charlotte Harding 16
 9 Charlotte Olympic 8
10 Gastonia Ashley 0

Note: Track was a new 440-yard all-weather track.

440 Relay:
Hickory (Dennis Hunter, Jerry Jett, Charles Dowd, Robert Dowd) 45.2
Rock Hill
East Mecklenburg

880 Relay:
Rock Hill, South Carolina (Chandler Cook, Benny Logan, David Leslie, David Brown) 1:33.3
South Mecklenburg

Mile Relay:
East Mecklenburg (Lee Henderson, Tim Braxton, Bud Schuping, Greg Sykes) 3:31.2

Two-Mile Relay:
South Mecklenburg (Gary Stroud, Danny Lewis, Woody Moss, Cader Olive) 8:23.4
West Mecklenburg

Sprint Medley Relay
Rock Hill, South Carolina (David Brown, David Leslie, Chandler Cook, Benny Logan) 1:37.6
East Mecklenburg

Mile Medley Relay:
East Mecklenburg (Mike Jamison, Frank Archie, Bud Schuping, Tim Braxton, 1:58.1 anchor) 3:38.7
South Mecklenburg

Distance Medley Relay:
Rock Hill, South Carolina (Donnie Niday, Tony Armour, Parker Downing, Perry Horne) 11:01.9

Shuttle Hurdle Relay:
Rock Hill (Frank Polk, Nash Lyle, Edward Manley, Oday Mickel) 1:01.6
West Mecklenburg
South Mecklenburg

Mile Team Relay
East Mecklenburg (Thompson Wyatt, Steve Anderson, Bill McEvoy, Charles Robinson) 31 points
(scored like a cross country meet)
Rock Hill

Shot Put:
East Mecklenburg (Bill Archer, Tom Stitchman, David Hobbs) 141-8.5
West Mecklenburg
South Mecklenburg
(best throw, Harry Hilewitz, West Mecklenburg, 54-0 7/8)

East Mecklenburg (Eldon Williams, Mike Branch, Bill Archer), 369-2
Rock Hill
West Mecklenburg

Long Jump:
West Mecklenburg (David Helms, Ronnie Rideout, Ken Wheeler), 57-9.5
East Mecklenburg

High Jump:
Tie between South Mecklenburg (Bobby Jones, Scott Ramey, John Foster)
and Garinger (Dave Hughston, Gene Brown, Emil Holloway), 17-4
East Mecklenburg

Pole Vault:
East Mecklenburg (Bill Harding, 12-3; Joe Harding, 11-0; Don Harding, 11-0) 34-3
South Mecklenburg

Thanks to Brett Honeycutt for researching and finding these old results.

Meet recap from The Charlotte Observer April 18, 1970:

Pole Vault, Mile Relay Power East Over Rock Hill

Doing what comes naturally, East Mecklenburg's Harding brothers swept in the pole vault to haul the Eagles past Rock Hill, S.C., Friday night in the first Metrolina Relays at East.

That was the Eagles' sixth first place and gave Coach Dick Williams' squad 96 points to 89 for the visiting Bearcats, who placed fourth in the event which wasn't concluded until all running competition was finished.

Bill Harding cleared 12-3 for the area's top mark of the season while twin brother Joe did 11-0 and younger brother Don also did 11-0.

West Mecklenburg's Harry Hilewitz got another area best when he threw the shot 54-0 7/8.

East had made the most of the last running event -- the mile relay -- by shocking Rock Hill in 3:31.2. Tim Braxton opened up a big lead on the second leg and the Eagles held it with Bud Schuping and Gregg Sykes. Rock Hill had run 3:31.0 previously but had to settle for fourth this time.

The Bearcats, triumphed in the shuttle hurdles in 1:01.6, captured the distance medley in 11:01.9, added the sprint medley in 1:37.6 and finished up with the 880 in 1:33.

East's depth really paid off on a damp night. Besides the pole vault and mile relay, the Eagles captured the shot, discus, the mile medley in 3:38.7 with Braxton clocking 1:58.1 on his anchor 880 and the mile team event.

"Talk about going down to the wire," a relieved Williams said. "The thing that won it for us was the mile relay. That was an unexpected pleasure."

Meet Preview from The Charlotte Observer April 16, 1970:

Relay Events To Feature Track Meet

A population explosion gave birth to the Metrolina Relays, which will be held for the first time Friday night on East Mecklenburg's new all-weather track.

"Some of us just felt that Duke-Durham had gotten too big," Eagle Coach Dick Williams recalled. "Buster Ledford (Independence's coach) and I began talking about it last spring. Then we had hopes of getting our track.

"I felt like this would be a good opportunity to really dedicate our track. The thing that's unusual is that we'll run a lot of relays you don't ordinarily run. The field events will also be considered team events. I like to see every boy participate and this gives every boy a chance."

There'll be five field events and nine relays for the 12 teams entered.

Joining the Eagles will be South Mecklenburg, Independence, Garinger, Harding, West Mecklenburg, Hickory, Salisbury, Rock Hill, Gastonia Ashley, Gastonia Huss and Olympic.

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