Meet Records - Queen City Relays

(Updated after the 63rd annual meet in 2019.
Meet History

62-9.5 -- Tommy Eckerd, Hickory. 1984

197-10 -- Harlis Meadors, Monroe Sun Valley. 1988

24-8 -- Alvin Blakeney, Charlotte Myers Park. 1985

50-1.75 -- Albert Toon, Menchville High, VA. 1981

7-0 -- Jon Deberry, Richmond County. 1990

15-6 -- Shannon Pope, High Point Andrews. 1992

3200m RUN
9:05.8 -- Matt Debole, Winston-Salem Mount Tabor. 2002 Photo of Debole

1600m RUN (This event was added in 20xx) 4:21.49 -- Noah Dolhare, Charlotte Providence Day. 2018

100m DASH
10.3 -- Terrell Carpenter, Hoke Co. 1985; Darrius Brewington, High Point Andrews. 1992

37.45 -- Spencer Adams, Matthews Butler. 2007

4x800m RELAY
7:54.2 -- Menchville High, VA. 1981 (Tyronne Tucker, Steve Lewis, Jacque Pope, Ed Thornton)

55.96 -- Matthews Butler, 2008 (Kenny Boulware, Robert Blanton, Kris Frost, Spencer Adams)

4x100m RELAY
41.3 -- Winston-Salem Mount Tabor, 2002 (J-Mee Samuels, Jerrod Wiley, Wes Bailey, Mike Loyd)

DISTANCE MEDLEY (800,400,1200,1600)
10:26.2 -- Charlotte Myers Park, 1981 (Fred Howard, Alphonso Little, Guy Hartman, Ken Dowdle)

4x200m RELAY
1:26.0 -- Glenville HS, Cleveland, OH. 2006 (R Fisher, x Clements, R Small, K Jefferson)

1600m SPRINT MEDLEY (200,200,400,800)
3:28.0 -- Durham Hillside, 1987 (Doramus Brewer, Reggie Wiggins, Chris Love, Rod Williams)

4x400m RELAY
3:16.9 -- Durham Hillside, 1987 (James Reaves, Doramus Brewer, Reggie Wiggins, Chris Love)

45-10.5 -- Khayla Dawson, Charlotte Olympic 2015

158-10 -- Bryanna Hames, Charlotte Myers Park. 2014

19-11 -- Katrina Grier, West Charlotte. 1982

38-8.5 -- Katrina Grier, West Charlotte. 1982

5-7.5 -- Addie Renner, Charlotte Myers Park. 2019

12-0 -- Emerson Porter, Charlotte Providence Day. 2017

3200m RUN
10:39.3 -- Maria Lerge, Virginia High, VA. 1981

1600m Run (This event was added in 20xx) 5:10.69 -- Cora Cooke, Charlotte Myers Park. 2019

100m DASH
11.2 -- LaSonja Collins, Charlotte Independence. 1999 Photo

43.77 -- Falon Spearman, Charlotte Providence Day. 2019

4x800m RELAY
9:31.97 -- Charlotte Providence, 2015 (Kayla Glova, Lindsey Lanier, Sarah Parrish, Grace Sullivan)

59.1 -- Menchville High, VA 1982 (Dawna Collins, Donita Perry, Julie Hill, Bridget Hayes)

4x100m RELAY
47.31 -- Charlotte Z.B. Vance, 2019

DISTANCE MEDLEY (800,400,1200,1600)
12:34.3 -- Virginia High, VA 1981 (Tracy Brown, Pam Arnold, Misti Jones, Maria Lerge)

4x200m RELAY
1:39.68 -- Charlotte Z.B. Vance, 2019 (Ahlexandria Deloache 11, Imani Boyd 11, Lu Kamara 10, Benae Clardy 12)

1000m SPRINT MEDLEY (100,200,300,400) event no longer run
2:12.0 -- Charlotte Garinger, 1984 (Tawanda Allen, Burnedette Williams, Teresa Allen, Tonya Filmore)

1600m SPRINT MEDLEY (200,200,400,800)
4:14.46 -- Charlotte Olympic, 2010 (Lakanya Legette, Brittany Sloan, Cidney Cuttle, Brianna Wallace)

4x400m RELAY
3:54.86 -- Charlotte Providence, 2019 (Nimeesha Coleman 11, Ella Mainwaring Foster 11, Ariana Rivera 12, Amanda Watson 12)

(From the 1986 Queen City Relays Meet Program)

What is now known as the "Queen City Relays" were first run in the 1954-55 school year at the old Central High School track, now Garinger High School.

The next year, due to illness in his family, coach Summers asked Myers Park first year coach Stuart Allen to take this meet to his school where it found a permanent home.

This will mark the thirty-first year that this, the oldest relay meet in North Carolina, has been held at Myers Park.

Coach Allen was meet for the next sixteen years, before he left in 1971 to coach at Handley High School in Winchester, Va. His teams won each of the sixteen years. In 1972 Richard Prince took over as track coach and meet director.

In the twenty-four years of the Queen City Relays, Myers Park has won 19 tmes, Independence 3 times, and Pinecrest 2 times.

Some changes have been made in the events that were run back in the early years. Rule changes were made as to the number of events a boy competes in and more emphasis was given to make this an all-relay type of meet. Dropped were the mile run, high hurdles, and 100 yard dash, which were replaced by the shuttle hurdle relay, distance medley and sprint medley relays.

Women events were added to the meet in 1974 with two events. Last year women competed in twelve: 5 field and 7 running. The Mustang women won all the relay titles.

In 1980, the format was changed to add participants from South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia. Due to the new format the team score was dropped and open events in the 100 meter dash, 3200 meter run and 300 meter intermediate hurdles were added. Also in 1980 several people were honored for their contribution to the relays and Mecklenburg County track. The honorees have events named after them. They are Stuart Allen - award for the outstanding male participant, Ralph Sandiford for the outstanding female participant, the Thermon Gibbons 3200 meter run for men and Guy Soule 100 meter dash for men.

There have been many outstanding young men and women who have participated in the Queen City Relays and have gone on the gain wide acclaim in college and amateur track circles.

Among the Mustangs is Jeff Howser who, for many years held both the high and low hurdle records for North Carolina high schools. He had an outstanding career at Duke University and in major amateur track meets including the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Other outstanding participants are: Roy Bradley, sprints and jumps; Mike Richey, shot put; Flake Campbell, discus; Lewis Jewell, dashes: Jeff West, distance runs; Paul Vincent, hurdles-dashes; Bill Houston, dashes; Lee Stoffel, discus; Nick Karres, discus-shot; Randy Layman, sprints; Chandler Muse, nationally ranked high jumper; Don and John Brown, 1973 indoor All Americans in middle distance; Becky Brown, 2-time state champion and former record holder, discus; Ken Dowdle, All American distance runner; Lene Hestdal, All American distance runner, and Katrina Swanson, All American shot putter.

Other outstanding participants have been Jeff Moody of Pinecrest, a nationally ranked distance runner, Tony Bateman of Garinger, a 1979 All American collegiate distance runner, Brad Cox and John Ward of Independence, Broderick and James Bennett of East Mecklenburg, David Hankins, miler of East Mecklenburg, Tony Boular of West Mecklenburg, hurdler, Jim Cooper of South Mecklenburg, distances, Stella Johnson of West Charlotte, hurdler, Eric and Ray Perry, All American hurdlers from Menchville, Albert Toon, All American jumper of Menchville, Katrina Grier, All American jumper of West Charlotte, Teresa Allen, All American jumper from Garinger, and Teri LeBlanc, All American heptathlete from South Mecklenburg. These are but a few who have made the Queen City Relays one of the top relay meets in the South.

Stuart Allen Award
(Outstanding Male Participant)
Stuart Allen was track coach of the Mustangs for 16 years. During those years he developed the Mustang track program into one of the top programs in the South. Under his guidance his teams won every Queen City title and 12 state championships. Many of his former runners went on to establish themselves on the collegiate and national levels.

Ralph Sandiford Award
(Outstanding Female Participant)
Ralph Sandiford was a part of the track scene in the Charlotte area for many years. His work was behind the scenes as official scorer and record keeper. Ralph gave his time to make sure all teams and athletes were credited with the right score, times, heights and distances.

Thermon Gibbons 3200-Meter Run
Thermon Gibbons was involved in track in Charlotte for many years. He helped coach runners at Garinger, Independence and West Charlotte. He gave his time to help any runner who had a need. Thermon could be found at any major meet willing to help. He ran an athletic shoe store on Eastway which was a hangout for track nuts. Gibbons' son Terry was 1963 NCHSAA State Champion (All-Classifications) in the Mile (4:28.0) and son Tommy was 1968 NCHSAA State Champion (in the 880-yard run (1:56.8).

Guy Soule 100-Meters
Guy V. Soule Jr. helped many track athletes in the Charlotte area. He helped with runners at Garinger High. Guy spent many years as the starter at all the major meets. Soule was 1953 NCHSAA State Champion in the 180-yard Low Hurdles (21.2). His father, Guy V. Soule Sr., was 1931 (21-8 3/4) and 1932 (22-1) NCHSAA State Champion in the Long Jump.

Available past results:

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2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | (2009 cancelled)

1990 | 1991 | 1994 | 1995 | 1998 | 1999

1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988