Cape Fear Flyers Track and Field taking off

Cape Fear Flyers Track and Field taking off

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Cape Fear Flyers track and field club is taking off; in just their first-year the team has 70 kids taking part.

The Flyers have 23 coaches with different expertise. This allows the kids to learn and participate in events like the javelin, and the steeple chase.

"That is one of the cool things that the amount of different activities kids can do. There is going to be something for every kid regardless for how fast they can run," said Ashley Cross County Coach Shawn McKee.

He says getting faster isn't the only benefit; runners learn discipline along with other things.

"It's teaching them to set goals and to go after them. Put a goal out attack it and go after it to achieve it. It's also about keeping them active and fit for an hour and a half two days a week," McKee explained.

This weekend was a big one for the Cape Fear Flyers. The team was in Greensboro taking part in the North Carolina Junior Olympics Championships. The top eight individuals and relay teams in each event of each age division from this weekend move on to the USA-Track and Field Region 3 Championships in Virginia in July.

Here are the results from the track meet:

Qualifiers for Regionals


  • Paxton Chitty 7th
  • Zachary Knott 4th
  • Luke Ward 8th
  • Owen Thorndike 8th
  • Hunter Browe 6th
  • Thomas Avery 8th
  • Chris Avery 8th


  • Russell Corbett 4th
  • Carter Grace 5th
  • Hannah Grace 3rd
  • Ava Toppin 4th


  • Ava Toppin 1st
  • Mini Turbo Javelin
  • Ava Toppin 7th
  • Holly McKee 8th


  • Nash Best 2nd
  • Steeple Chase
  • Hunter Browe 4th
  • Thomas Avery 5th


  • Carter Grace 4th

800 Meter

  • Sarah Martin 6th
  • Taj Monroe 6th


  • Russell Corbett

4x800 relay

  • 17-18 Boys


  • Hannah Grace 3rd
  • Sarah Martin 6th
  • Elle Sawyer 7th
  • Zachary Knott 5th

4x400 relay

9-10 girls: Elle, Aspen, Maris, Holly 4th

13-14 boys: Luke, Dwight, Seth, Spencer 4th

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