Greenies Track: All-WNC Coach of the Year, Athlete of the Year

Greenies Track: All-WNC Coach of the Year, Athlete of the Year

BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR

Randy Ashley

Christ School

Ashley and the Greenies won the Buncombe County meet for the first time in school history and went on to capture the Carolinas Athletic Association championship for the first time in at least 25 years. Christ School (89 points) came in second in the NCISAA 3-A meet, only 11 points behind team champion Charlotte Providence Day (100). Individual state champions for Christ School were Kevin Snyder (long jump and triple jump), Kokayi Cobb (400-meter dash) and Ayden White (110-meter hurdles).

BOYS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Kevin Snyder

Christ School

Sophomore

Jumper/sprinter

Snyder was the NCISAA 3-A, Buncombe County and Carolinas Athletic Association champion in the long jump and the triple jump. He recorded school records of 23-1.75 and 46-0, respectively. His long jump personal record was a NCISAA 3-A meet record. Snyder also placed third in the 100-meter dash at the state meet and fifth in the 200-meter dash. Snyder got another school record (10.89) in the shorter of the two sprints. Snyder was the Buncombe meet’s most valuable performer for field events. He was part of school records in the 400-meter relay (42.40) and 800-meter relay (1:31.50).   

ALL-WNC TEAM

SPRINTERS

Kokayi Cobb

Christ School

Senior

Cobb was the NCISAA 3-A champion in the 400-meter dash and ran a season-best time of 49.63. He was part of school records in the 400-meter relay (42.40) and 800-meter relay (1:31.50). Cobb has committed to run college track for Charlotte.

Blake Mathews

North Buncombe

Senior

Mathews was the Buncombe County champion in the 200-meter dash and ran the area’s fastest time (22.20) along with WNC’s second-best time in the 400-meter dash (49.81). He has signed with East Carolina.

Izaiah Vignali

Reynolds

Junior

Vignali was the Mountain Athletic Conference champion in the 400-meter dash, the runner-up in the 200-meter dash and third in the 100-meter dash. He ran WNC’s second-best time in the 200 (22.25).

HURDLERS

Connor Moore

Smoky Mountain

Senior

Moore was the 2-A Western Regional and Western North Carolina Athletic Conference champion in the 110-meter hurdles. He was also a regional champion in the 300-meter hurdles. Moore placed third in the 300-meter hurdles at the 2-A state meet and was fifth in the 110 hurdles. Moore was WNC’s fastest hurdler in the 110 hurdles (14.93) and 300 hurdles (39.67).

Moss Rerkpattanapipat

Asheville School

Senior

Rerkpattanapipat was the NCISAA 3-A, Carolinas Athletic Association and Buncombe County champion in the 300-meter hurdles. He ran a season-best time of 40.02 at his state meet.

MIDDLE DISTANCE, DISTANCE

Noah Graham

Brevard

Senior

Graham was the NCHSAA 2-A champion in the 1,600-meter run and 3,200-meter run, giving him nine career state titles in either cross country or track. Graham was a state runner-up in the 800-meter run and 3,200-meter relay as well. He was a gold medalist in three events at the Western North Carolina Athletic Conference meet – the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 relay. Graham ran the area’s fastest 800-meter time (1:56.91). He has committed to N.C. State.

Haven Honeycutt

Asheville

Sophomore

Honeycutt was the Mountain Athletic Conference champion in three individual events – the 800-meter run, 1,600-meter run and 3,200-meter run – and the Buncombe County meet’s most valuable performer for track events. Honeycutt went on to win the 1,600 at the NCHSAA 3-A meet. He ran area-best times in the 1,600 (4:19.94) and 3,200 (9:18.73).

Dylan Shamburger

West Henderson

Senior

Shamburger was the Henderson County champion in the 800-meter run and 1,600-meter run, along with the 3-A Western Regional champion in the 800. He finished in the top-10 in both events at the NCHSAA 3-A meet. Shamburger’s season-best times were 1:59.04 for the 800 and 4:23.35 for the 1,600. He has signed with Charlotte.

THROWERS

Bradley Barham

West Henderson

Senior

Barham was the 3-A Western Regional, Western North Carolina Athletic Conference and Henderson County champion in the discus. He won the shot put at the Henderson and WNCAC meets and was the most valuable field-events performer at both of those competitions. Barham’s season-best throws were 151-10 for the discus and 54-1 for the shot put.

Pete Szelwach

Roberson

Senior

Szelwach was the Buncombe County and Mountain Athletic Conference champion in the discus. He placed third in that throw at the 3-A Western Regional meet and 10th at the NCHSAA 3-A meet. Szelwach’s season-best throw of 151-5 was also the best in WNC. He has made a college commitment to Charlotte.

JUMPERS

Sean Jones

Reynolds

Senior

Jones was the Mountain Athletic Conference’s most valuable performer for field events and cleared a WNC-best height of 6-8 in the high jump. He was also a MAC champ in the 100-meter dash and long jump. Jones scored in all three events at the 3-A state meet. Jones ran a season-best time of 10.97 in the 100-meter dash.

Darren Lammons

North Henderson

Junior

Lammons was the 3-A Western Regional and Western North Carolina Athletic Conference champion in the triple jump. His season-best mark was 45-9 and he placed eighth in the NCHSAA 3-A meet. Lammons was the Henderson County and WNCAC runner-up in the long jump.

POLE VAULTER

Troy Lieberman

Polk County

Senior

Lieberman was the 2-A Western Regional champion and placed second in the NCHSAA 2-A and Western Highlands Conference meets. He cleared an area-best height of 13-6. Lieberman has signed with Montreat.

HONORABLE MENTION

Brevard: Andrew Robinson.

Cherokee: Byron Locust, Darius Lambert, Shane Swimmer, Joaquin Layno, Cade Mintz, Sterling Santa-Maria, Blake Smith and Tye Mintz.

Christ School: Aydan White and Keyvaun Cobb.

East Henderson: Noah Gordon and Darius Edwards.

Franklin: Tanner Williams and Nathan Richards.

Hendersonville: Kalin Ensley and Hakeem Jenkins.

Mitchell: Brody Smith.

Murphy: Ethan Murray, Grant Lindsay, Chase Teesateskie, Cole West, Aidan Hall and Jonathan Wheaton.

North Henderson: Miquel Lammons and Hunter White.

Pisgah: Andrew Hammel.

Polk County: Jake Justice, Caleb Potter and Jack Derkach.

Reynolds: Dwayne Lillie, Noah Clifford and Samuel Yoder.

Roberson: Michael Zapherson, Samuel Rennard, Sean McDowell and E.J. King.

Smoky Mountain: Gage Kosnik and Sean Stribling.

Swain County: Tanner Wiggins and Brodie Bowman.

Tuscola: Caleb Ferguson and Roman Jenkins.

West Henderson: Collin Miller.