Powerade State Games Track & Field Sets Records
The Second Weekend of Powerade State Games Competition Begins
DURHAM, North Carolina – The Powerade State Games of North Carolina’s Track & Field Meet concluded on Sunday, June 4th, with Masters & Open competition at the American Hebrew Academy. On Saturday, June 3rd, the Powerade State Games Youth Meet set a record with 1,698 participants at North Carolina A&T State University. Combined with the Masters & Open, a record 1,849 athletes competed in the Powerade State Games Track Meet this year.
Records were set on the track and the field as well. In the Youth Meet, a staggering twenty-eight Powerade State Games records were broken. In the Masters & Open Meet, sixteen Powerade State Games records were broken. This is the 31st year of the Powerade State Games, and Track & Field has been a sport every year. Most notably, Scott Houston, former Northwest Guilford, UNC and Indiana pole vaulter, cleared 18’1”, more than 2 feet over the previous Powerade State Games record set back in 1995 by Jason Johnson at 16’3/4”. He also just missed on clearing the Olympic standard at 18’8¾”. Scott is currently the assistant coach at High Point University and a native of Oak Ridge, NC.
Another very notable accomplishment came when Andre Clark qualified for the IAAF World Championships in London by running a 49.24 in the 400m Long Hurdles. The entry standard for the IAAF World Championships is 49.35, so Andre qualified by eleven hundredths of a second. The IAAF World Championships will take place in London from August 4th-13th, 2017.
For all final results from both meets, visit the Powerade State Games Results Page.
The second weekend of competition in this year’s Powerade State Games will begin tomorrow at Wake Forest University. The Pickleball Tournament will be held at the Wake Forest Indoor Tennis Center on Saturday and Sunday, with a record 196 athletes participating. Field Hockey will make its debut as a Powerade State Game Sport on Saturday beginning at 9am at Wake Forest’s Kentner Stadium. Also, the Sporting Clays competition will be held at Beaver Pond Sporting Club in Snow Camp on Saturday beginning at 9am.
The 2017 Powerade State Games of North Carolina corporate partners include: Powerade, BB&T, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC, Lowes Foods, Greensboro Convention & Visitors Bureau, Visit Winston-Salem, Burlington Alamance County Visitors Bureau, High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau, Visit NC, Sheetz, Jimmy John’s Sandwiches, Capitol Broadcasting Company, Liberty University, Bojangle’s, Greensboro Sports Commission, Systel and York Properties. It is not too late to be part of this year’s Powerade State Games; to become a sponsor contact North Carolina Amateur Sports at 919-361-1133 ext. 233.
North Carolina Amateur Sports (NCAS) is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that annually hosts the Powerade State Games of North Carolina and Cycle North Carolina. NCAS is dedicated to the promotion of health, physical fitness and the Olympic Movement in North Carolina. For more information on NCAS and its events, please visit www.ncsports.org.