For what is believed to be the first time ever, a North Carolina high school state track and field state championship meet will be held on a Sunday.

The decision to move the 3-A and 1-A meets to Sunday came after officials saw the weather forecast for Friday, which calls for heavy rains throughout the day in the Greensboro area. All the state championship meets are being held at North Carolina A&T University's Belk Track in Greensboro.

“It is always difficult to decide to postpone or delay a state championship event. However, with inclement weather in the forecast for much of the day (Friday), it became apparent that this decision is in the best interest of the 1-A and 3-A student-athletes who have worked so hard to reach this year’s state championship meet,” said NCHSAA Commissioner Que Tucker. 

For West Henderson girls coach Walt Fletcher, the decision came just in the knick of time.

"We we got the notice at 2 p.m. (Thursday), about 15 minutes before we were supposed to head out. The kids were bummed but we had talked about the weather would be factor at the meet and to be ready," he said.

The meets are set to start at 11 a.m. Sunday, following a Fellowship of Christian Athletes Devotion, which is being offered by the NCHSAA staff at 10 a.m. at the track.

There will be plenty of area athletes competing in both Saturday's and Sunday's meets.

In the 3-A meet for Sunday, West and North will have athletes competing.

For West, athletes competing are Taylor Meadows (No. 7 seed, 400 dash, 58.46), the 400 relay team of Jaia Wilson-Daija Jackson-Raine Wong Chong-Shylee Stocks (15th seed, 51.03), the 1600 relay team of Meadows-Wilson-Stocks-Maggie Campbell (15th seed, 4:13.63), Tanner Brock (No. 10 seed, high jump, 6-2) and Madison Conner (No. 10 seed, high jump, 5-0).

For North, the lone participant is Hunter White (No. 7 seed, 1600 run, 4:26.05).

In the 1-A meet, also on Sunday, Polk County and Rosman will have athletes competing. Jake Justice of Polk has a shot at two state titles. He is the top seed in two events: pole vault (14-0) and long jump (21-3). The Tigers also have a strong shot at a title in the boys 3200 relay. They are the second seed with a time of 8:24.59.

For the 2-A meet, which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, the area will be represented by athletes from Hendersonville, East Henderson and Brevard.

For HHS, Micaiah Darity will be competing in several events, highlighted by her No. 2 seed in the long jump with a mark of 17 feet, 1.5 inches. She's also the No. 11 seed in the triple jump (33-2.5) and will be on the 800 and 400 relay teams. Other Bearcats competing are Nasiah Ferguson (No. 4 seed, 400 dash, 1:00.01), Avion Williams (No. 5 seed long jump, 16-8.5), Dylan Myers (No. 11 seed 110 hurdles, 15.8), the girls 800 relay team of Nahndi Smith-Ferguson-Williams-Darity (No. 3 seed, 1:45.56), the girls 400 relay team of Keayla Beddingfield-Williams-Ferguson-Darity (No. 7 seed, 50.82). 

For East, the athletes are Pearl Ballard (No. 3 seed, pole vault, 10-6 and No. 7 seed, triple jump, 33-10), Liz Morgan (No. 6 seed, pole vault, 9-0), Zach Atkinson (No. 3 seed, pole vault, 13-6), Noah Gordon (No. 5 seed, pole vault, 13-0) and Chris Hemphill (No. 12 seed, 100 dash, 11.16).

For Brevard, Noah Shoenacher has a shot at a title. He's the No. 3 seed in the 800 run with a time of 2:01.11, which is just four seconds back of the top seed.