Charlotte track meet becomes reunion for Polk County athletes

Four former Polk County athletes - J.C. Suddeth, Eli Hall, Jordan Brown and Mitchell Brown - joined Markece Cunningham in competing at the 49er Classic track meet in Charlotte (photo courtesy Jenny Wolfe).

The 49er Classic track and field meet at UNC Charlotte this weekend turned into a reunion for former Polk County High School athletes.

Five former Wolverines competed in the event, held Friday and Saturday at UNCC’s Irwin Belk Track & Field Center. That group included two brothers as well as two athletes who competed against each other.

Winston-Salem State freshman Mitchell Brown ran unattached, as the Rams don’t have a men’s track and field team this season. Brown competed in the 5000-meter run and placed 60th with a time of 16:12.32.

Brown’s older brother, Jordan, is a Brevard College senior competing with the track team this season. Brown finished the 100-meter dash in 11.95 and also ran with the 4×100-meter relay team that failed to record a time.

Montreat College sophomore Eli Hall took part in the 800-meter run, finishing 61th in 2:02.99, and ran with the school’s 4×400-meter relay team, which placed 15th in a time of 3:24.35.

Wingate junior J.C. Suddeth and Mars Hill senior Markece Cunningham each took part in the shot put. Suddeth threw 43-2 1/2 to finish 22nd while Cunningham had a toss of 41-11 1/4 to place 26th.

Suddeth also set a personal record in the hammer throw with a toss of 132-10, placing 21st, and finished 34th in the discus with a throw of 117-3.

APPALACHIAN STATE TRACK: Sean Doyle competed Thursday and Friday in the Bill Webb & Bob Davidson Spring Kick-Off in High Point.

Doyle placed 13th in the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:09.19 and 17th in the 800 with a time of 1:59.44. He also ran with the Mountaineer 4×400-meter relay team, which placed 8th with a time of 3:23.35.

LEES-MCRAE TRACK: Matthew Darden had a busy weekend at the Southside Power & Fitness Invitational at Lenoir-Rhyne, competing in three events.

Darden placed 11th in the long jump with a mark of 19-0, then added a 19th-place effort in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.45. Darden also ran the 200 meters in a time of 23.48 to place 15th.