Matthews resident Jordan Javadi, a senior on the Providence High School boys track and field team, brought a championship home from the Class 4A state meet in Greensboro last weekend.
On May 19, Javadi out-dueled a strong field to win the 110-meter hurdles in 14.21 seconds to win his state title at N.C. A&T State University.
Javadi’s time, which proved to be a personal and school record, allowed him to edge out Laurinburg Scotland High’s Seyyan Moody (14.26) and Mallard Creek’s Corey Miller (14.30) in a thrilling race.
It was the third consecutive gold-medal weekend for Javadi. On May 3, Javadi won the Southwestern 4A title with a time of 14.72 seconds. On May 12, he clocked in at 14.37 seconds to earn the 4A Western Regional crown.
Javadi, who was a captain for the Panthers this season, owns school records in the 110 hurdles and the 55-meter (indoor) hurdles. Next, Javadi will head for the mountains, where he’ll eventually compete for UNC Asheville on a track scholarship.
Among other Matthews-Mint Hill boys competitors at the 4A state meet, Independence senior Austin Duke took third place in the triple jump (46 feet, 3.5 inches); Rocky River’s Johnny Nunn was ninth in the triple jump (43-5.5) and 10th in the long jump (20-5.5); Butler’s Gavin Walker was sixth in the 300 hurdles (39.22); and Providence’s Wyatt Maxey was seventh in the 1,600 (4 minutes, 25.01 seconds).
The Rocky River relay team of Tom Mathis, Nunn, Kaylan Love-Soles and Quinn Burkhalter was sixth in the 4×400 (3:21.89).
In girls action, Providence’s Gina Daniel was fourth in the 800 meters (2:17.16); Butler sophomore Alexis Davis took sixth place in the triple jump (36-2.5); and Davis joined Felicia McCarthy, Maxine Glenn and Breanna Lee to finish sixth in the 4×100 relay (48.33).