Douglas Byrd men win 3A track title

GREENSBORO-- It went down to the last event, and Fayetteville Douglas Byrd's victory in the four by 400 men's relay lifted the Eagles to a thrilling one-point decision and the team championship in the NCHSAA state 3-A track and field championships.

Eight points out of first entering the final event, Douglas Byrd raced to victory in the relay in a winning time of 3:24.14, with the team of Donte' Smith, Justice Boykin, Frank Quarles and Eric Winfrey earning a margin of two and a half seconds over Nash Central and 2.80 over Waxhaw Marvin Ridge, which was also in the hunt for the team title.

Byrd wound up with 42 team points to 41 for runner-up Burlington Williams, with Marvin Ridge third with 36 points. Kings Mountain and Chapel Hill tied for fourth with 32 points and Crest was sixth with 30. A total of 48 teams scored in the men's meet.

Winfrey, who also took top honors in the 400 and was second in the 200, was named the meet's Most Valuable Performer.

Harvey McSwain II of Crest won both the 100 and 200 meters.

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