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Owen track and field places two in state's top 10

Special to Black Mountain News
Owen High School track and field members as they prepare to leave for the state championship meet in Greensboro on May 17, from right to left: Austin Gregg, Shavoy Harding, Trace Allen, Caleb Well, Laila Burk and Chesney Gardner

Six Owen athletes headed east for Greensboro on May 17, as they prepared to represent the school in the NCHSAA State Championship. 

A pair of Warlassies turned in top-10 performances in their events. 

With a throw of 140 feet, senior Chesney Gardner finished second in the state in discus. Her 35-foot-8.75-inch shot put landed her fifth in that event. 

Sophomore Laila Burk placed eighth in the 800-meter run with a personal record of 2:29.34. She was the only Western North Carolina high school runner to place among the top 10 in the event. 

Sophomore Shavoy Harding also posted a personal record of 23.05 in the 200-meter dash, which placed him at 11th in the meet. 

Harding, along with Caleb Wells, Trace Allen and Austin Gregg, placed 16th in the 4X200 relay.