Sabatini, Hughes set new First Flight High School records

Published 7:34 am Wednesday, April 17, 2019

First Flight High School track teams saw action on consecutive Wednesdays with both Nighthawks squads defeating teams from Bertie and Pasquotank County schools in a home meet on April 3 and placing well at Currituck on April 10.

During the April 3 meet at Kill Devil Hills, two Nighthawks athletes set new school records.

Senior Heidi Sabatini set a new school record in the girls long jump with her first place leap of 15 feet 6 inches and Zach Hughes posted a 1:56.08 in the 800 meter run for a new school record for boys.

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First Flight girls won that meet with 37.5 points while Bertie edged out Pasquotank for second 34.5 to 34.

First Flight boys won their meet with a wider point margin scoring 79 points to Pasquotank’s second place 64. Bertie was third with 22.

First place finishers for First Flight included Maddy Wagner in the 800 and 400, Jessica Canning in the 300 hurdles, Danielle Posey in the 1600, and Sabatini in the long jump and discus. Wagner and Posey were also part of the winning 4 x 800 relay with Emma Hartnett and Lydia Suprenant.

First place finishers for boys included Hughes in the 800, Johmar Hernandez in the high jump, Henry Stecher in the 400, Joe Davidson in the 1600, Cole Tomlin in the 200 and Warner Campbell in the 3200.

First Flight boys also won three of the relay events.

In the 4 x 800 relay it was Nate Baker, Max Bowlin, Colin Byard and Campbell. Members of the 4 x 200 relay included Ethan Driver, Dominic Marino, Stecher and Tomlin while the winning 4 x 400 relay team consisted of Hughes, Stecher, Tyler Sylvia and Tomlin.

In the second meet at Barco on Wednesday, April 10, First Flight boys finished second with 71.5 points just one half a point behind Northeastern’s 72 and Currituck boys were third with 26.5 points. In girls competition, Currituck was the winning team with 67 points, Northeastern finished second with 51 points and First Flight finished third with 36 points.

According to First Flight coach Dan Craig, several key First Flight athletes were unable to compete in the April 10 meet.

First Flight teams will return to action Saturday, April 27, at the Real Deal Classic in Newport News.