Asheville High senior Mekhi McGuyver was back in his element Tuesday — the sandy landing pit of the triple jump.
The Florida A&M recruit and former two-time state champion recorded a first-place mark of 47 feet, 7 inches at the Mountain Athletic Conference track meet.
As a result, McGuyver helped the Cougars easily win the 3-A team championship with 174 points.
Since the MAC officially recognizes a 3-A and 4-A champion in every team sport, the runner-up Roberson boys (161) were the 4-A champion. As expected, the Rams girls (286) breezed to the 4-A title, while second-place Reynolds (169.5) was the 3-A girls winner.
McGuyver, who was sporting dyed red hair on Tuesday, has been out for weeks because of not having a physical. He got to the doctor on Monday.
“It’s been a while,” McGuyver said. “It’s always a blessing to be out here. I’m excited about this team. I don’t really want to jinx it by talking about it too much. I’m tired of not winning (a 3-A state championship) when I feel like we’re supposed to.”
McGuyver’s second state championship occurred at the Feb. 14 NCHSAA 3-A indoor track meet. The Cougars were the second-place team at that competition in Winston-Salem.
McGuyver wasn’t the only big scorer for the Cougars on Tuesday. Fellow senior David Perez sprinted to a pair of individual victories in the 100-meter dash (11.19) and 400-meter dash (51.10). Noah Tyson was the first-place finisher in the 200-meter dash (22.62) and the long jump (21-11.5).
Asheville swept the distance events — Terry Young (800-meter run, 2:04.84), Davis Turner (1,600-meter run, 4:42.80) and Collin Kemper (3,200-meter run, 10:55.09) were all winners. Finally, the Cougars prevailed in half of the four relays — 400 meters (43.21) and 3,200 meters (8:30.19). Perez (track) and Tyson (field) were named the boys meet’s most valuable performers.
“This team has always been stacked,” Perez said. “We’ve grown up together. I’ve been doing handoffs with the guys on our (400-meter relay) team since I was in middle school.”
The Roberson girls racked up points everywhere for their 11th straight MAC championship.
The Rams’ field-event winners were Elyse King in the long jump (17-9) and triple jump (38-11), Bailey Whitson in the high jump (4-10) and Chesley Krug in the pole vault (11-0).
On the track, Dasha Arnaut was a double gold-medalist in the 100-meter dash (12.37) and 300-meter hurdles (46.66). Kendall Soule reached the finish line first in the 100-meter hurdles (15.85).
Arnaut (track) and King (field) were named the girls meet’s most valuable performers. King’s mark in the triple jump broke her own school record.
As for the relays, Roberson won all four — the 400 meters (49.87), 800 meters (1:47.74), 1,600 meters (4:23.12) and 3,200 meters (10:28.11).
The Rockets were well-represented.
Reynolds’ Brittany Dudman was a double winner in the discus (94-5) and shot put (31-4). The Rockets also got a pair of wins from Anna Vess in the 800-meter run (2:23.92) and 1,600-meter run (5:28.08).