(Posted Dec. 4, 2008:)
North Lincoln High School will be having a Polar Bear Meet on Dec. 18th. Time 3:45 pm. Schools interested in the meet should contact Coach Ashley Feimster at email@example.com or at 828 896 5130 as soon as possible.
(Posted Nov. 26, 2008:)
Sat - December 6, 2008: All-Comers 5K Cross Country Challenge (Montreat College, Black Mountain Campus). 10:00 am. Starting line begins on the Montreat College soccer field. Cost: $20.00Ė Early Registration (through Dec 3rd); $30 after December 3rd, and race day. The Montreat College cross country teams will once again host the All-Comers Cross Country Challenge on the newly designed cross country course located on the Montreat Collegeís Black Mountain Campus. This 5K race will be a two loop course that will also serve as the host course of the 2009 Appalachian Athletic Conference XC Championships. Runners are asked to enter the Black Mountain Campus through the south entrance on Vance Ave, near the softball fields. You will then be directed where to park. Age group awards will be given and the first 100 runners will receive a really cool, long sleeve race t-shirt (sizes will NOT be guaranteed- so come early)! Proceeds from this race will go to the cross country and track programs of Montreat College and The Presbyterian Childrenís Home to support their newly organized running club. Please come out and support this great community event. TO REGISTER, please email Coach Larios at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your full name, age, gender, address and phone number. Registration is $20.00 if you register via email BEFORE Dec. 3rd, (bring money on race day)! Race day registration will be $30.00. FootRX of Asheville will be this yearís sponsor and will provide great awards for this yearís age group winners!
(Posted Nov. 18, 2008:)
Former North Forsyth HS runner Bobby Mack, now competing for NC State, was named ACC men's cross country performer of the week. Story at GoPack.com
Mack ran on a 7:48.79 4x800 relay team in high school, and also had high school bests of 4:10.61 (indoors) and 9:12.09. He was 8th in the Foot Locker South Regional in '02.
Mack's cross-country path has been long and winding -- Winston-Salem Journal
2nd Annual Wildcat Winter 5K Fun Run/Walk at West Johnston High School. December 6th, 2008. 10:00 am. Race day registration starts at 8:30am. To raise funds for NAPVI and WJHS PE department. NAPVI is a national organization for parents of children with visual impairments. Entry forms are available at www.ecrun.org. Go to upcoming events and click on Winter Wildcat 5K Fun Run/Walk. Entry forms can be sent to 244 Susan Dr Garner, NC 27529 or West Johnston High School to Jamie Lee. It costs $20 before December 1, 2008 and $25 after. A t shirt is included in this price. Last year, approximately 75 people participated, this year we want to have at least 100. If you have any questions feel free to email email@example.com.
(Posted Nov. 17, 2008:)
The Teen Alternatives to Gangs 5K Kick-off will be December 13th, 2008 at Wendell Community Park. It will start at 9:00 AM. Registration can be done through e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: (919) 815-3470. Registration is $15 and if done by December 6th, participants will get a free shirt to remember the event.
ME-CA 7 Runners of the Year/All-Conference Team (11/13) - Charlotte Observer
Top runners compete today (10/15) - N&O
Christ School CAA Meet (10/14) - CarolinaDay.com
Watauga settles for 6th - WataugaDemocrat.com
Watauga HS girls were 6th at the Albemarle Invitational (10/11) in Charlottesville, VA - MileSplit
Raleigh area results (10/8) - News & Observer
Franklin Invitational (10/7) - NCrunners
Meet at Asheville School (10/7) - CarolinaDay.com
CISAA meet #6 at Cannon School (10/7) - NCrunners
Quad meet at Charlotte Olympic HS (10/7) - NCRunners
SW Guilford/Carver/Parkland at Parkland HS (10/7) - NCrunners
NC School of Science & Math meet (10/7) - NCrunners
Tri-meet #3 at Chatham Central (10/7) - NCrunners
Northwood Tri meet (10/7) - NCrunners
Sarah Willingham - Edward Jones/Times-News Prep Player of the Week (10/7) - BlueRidgeNow.com
Race Times for Saturday's (10/04) 34th Annual Wendy's Invitational:
9:00 am - Womenís Open High School Race (7 runners to a team)
9:30 am - Menís Open High School Race (7 runners to a team)
10:00 am - Womenís Invitational Race (7 runners to a team)
10:30 am - Menís Invitational Race (7 runners to a team)
11:00 am - Womenís 3A High School Race (7 runners to a team)
11:30 am - Menís 3A High School Race (7 runners to a team)
12:00 pm - Menís Individual Sophomore and younger HS Race (Individuals only)
12:15 pm - Womenís Individual HS Race (Individuals only)
12:45 pm - Menís Individual Junior/Senior HS Race (Individuals only)
area results (10/2) - N&O
Raleigh- area results (10/1) - N&O
Meet at Charlotte Latin (10/1) - NCRunners
McDonalds/Greensboro Inv summary (10/1) - N&O
Raleigh Charter Tri-Meet (9/30) - NCRunners
Tri-Meet at Jordan Matthews (9/30) - NCRunners
Northwest 1-A Pre-Conf (9/30) - NCRunners
Meet at Morganton Freedom (9/) - NCRunners
CISAA #4 (9/25)
Raleigh results (9/24) - N&O
Meet at McAlpine (9/24) - NCRunners
Meet at S Stokes (9/24) - NCRunners
Meet at South View (9/24) - NCRunners
Gas shortage affects meet (9/24) - Citizen-Times
Durham-area results (9/23) - Herald-Sun
Tri-Meet at Orange HS (9/23) - NCRunners
Meet at Marvin Ridge (9/23) - NCRunners
Chatham Central tri-meet(9/23) - NCRunners
Carrboro's Kristina Witcher (9/21) - ChapelHillNews.com
Gil Murdock Relays
(9/18) - NCRunners
Meet at West Forsyth HS (9/17) - NCRunners
South Davidson tri meet (9/17) - NCRunners
Raleigh area results (9/17) - N&O
Leesville Rd dual meet (9/17) - NCRunners
Forsyth Country Day dual meet (9/17) - NCRunners | More - FuriesOnline.com
Good start for South team (9/17) - Statesville.com
Cross country article (9/11) - News-Record.com
Wilmington Hoggard teams win (9/10) - StarNewsOnline.com
Tri meet at RJ Reynolds (9/10) - NCRunners
Meet at McAlpine (9/10) - NCRunners
Wilmington-area results (9/9) - StarNewsOnline.com
Cedar Ridge Tri meet (9/9) - NCRunners
HS meet results (9/10) - N&O
Compassion emerges at local meet (9/10) - News-Record.com
Greensboro Day/Western Guilford Meet (9/9) - News-Record.com
Piedmont Triad 3A Pre-conference meet (9/9) - W-S Journal
Quad meet at Pittsboro Northwood (9/9) - NCRunners
6-team meet at McAlpine (9/4) - CCDS site
Raleigh area results (9/3) - N&O
NCSSM Tri-meet | N Moore Tri-meet | S Piedmont Pre-Conf meet (9/3) - NCRunners
Charlotte-area results: (9/2)
Meet at McAlpine Park | Meet at Weddington - NCRunners
Topsail's Zatha Loewen (8/30) -
Results (W-S Journal), Photos (FuriesOnline.com) from Forsyth Country Day vs N. Raleigh meet (8/28).
Former Crest HS star and Beijing Olympian Travis Padgett has left Clemson and signed a pro contract with adidas. Story (8/27) - GreenvilleOnline.com
Tri Meet at E Wilkes (8/27)
Fischer River Quad Meet at N Stokes (8/26) - NCRunners
Tri meet at Northwood (8/26) - NCRunners
Posted August 4, 2008:
Story on FCD grad Blake Russell - Winston-Salem Journal
Samantha George an incoming freshman at Millbrook HS in Raleigh won the 1600 meters (5:14.38) at the
Hershey Track and Field Meet in Hershey, PA.
Results - MileSplit
- Contributed by Bill Koester
Posted July 31, 2008:
Story on Cardinal Gibbons grad Leigh Smith, who will compete in Beijing - N&O
Posted July 29, 2008:
For aficionados of summer track, results of the Russell E. Blunt East Coast Invitational (7/18-20) at Duke and the USATF NC Jr Olympics (6/20-2) at NC Central are available on DurhamStriders.com
Posted July 23, 2008:
Interview with Olympian Blake Russell, who ran for Forsyth Country Day in high school. - Runner's World
Story on former Boiling Springs Crest HS star and Beijing-bound Travis Padgett -- Charlotte Observer.
Posted July 15, 2008:
Spencer Adams turns focus to Clemson football - Charlotte Observer.
Posted July 14, 2008:
NCPrepTrack volunteer correspondent David Pickett and Coach Charles Douglas (Waddell HS) inform us of the death of Charlotte coach Trenton Guy Sr. Story (JC Smith University) and obituary (Charlotte Observer). Also: JCSU sprint coach dies (Charlotte Post).
The Charlotte Observer has named their High School Athletes of the Year: Butler's Spencer Adams and Charlotte Latin's Malai Walker. (7/02)
Former Raleigh Broughton athlete Jesse Williams won the HJ at the US Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. More on Williams' win.
University of South Carolina freshman Johnny Dutch, a 2007 Clayton High School graduate and 9-time NC State hurdle champ, finished 5th in the 400M hurdles at the Olympic Trials. Johnny, who is only 19, ran a personal best time of 48.52, which was only .1 of a second behind the 3rd place finisher (who was the final Olympic spot) and .35 behind the winner (the top 3 are either past Olympic or World Champions!). His time also placed him 5th individually on the IAAF world list (Kerron Clement, Bershawn Jackson, Angelo Taylor, and Justin Gaymon are top 4). His 2008 season will end at the 2008 IAAF World Junior Championships to be held July 8-13 in Bydgoszcz, Poland where he will represent team USA.
More on Dutch's Oly Trials experience - GamecocksOnline.com
At the USATF Youth Nationals held at UNC Charlotte Belk Track. 6/24-29 Sophia Treakle, running for the Asheville Lightning, placed 3rd in the Young Women's Division in the 400M Hurdles with a time of 1.01.11. Jasmine Isley, of Charlotte Flight, got 4th.
Story on Treakle (7/1) - Citizen-Times.com
All-Observer Track and Field Team and Top athletes/coaches (6/29) - The Charlotte Observer
Havelock track star headed to ECU (6/24) - Sun Journal
NCPrepTrack.com focuses on scholastic competition, and there are plenty of other sites posting club track, Jr Olympics, and other summer meet results, but for those interested, the USATF NC JO results (6/20-22) are on DurhamStriders.com
Among former North Carolina high school athletes qualifying for the
2008 U.S. Olympic Trials June 27 - July 6 in Eugene, Oregon are:
Anna Raynor, Jesse Williams, Travis Padgett, J-Mee Samuels, Johnny Dutch, Mitchell Pope, Leigh Smith, Tsehaye Dagnachew, Cynetheia Rooks, LaToya James, Addie Bracey, Mary Jayne (Harrelson) Reeves, Julia Lucas, Dexter Adams, Ronnie Ash, Alphonso Jordan, Stephen Haas, Matt Debole, Jack Bolas, and Karjuan Williams.
Blake (Phillips) Russell has already earned a spot the U.S. team for Beijing in the Marathon, and is the 8th-seed in the 10,000. Russell won 11 NCISAA track titles while at Forsyth Country Day School from 1990 - 1993.
Mount Tabor appears to be the only school with more that one qualifier (Debole, Samuels)
More on the Olympic Trials including the complete entry list. (USATF.org)
2008 All-Area Track Teams: Boys | Girls - Wilmington Star-News
Winston-Salem Prep's T.J. McEachin - W-S Chronicle
Story on state 2-A champion William Graves - (6/19) Greensboro News-Record
2008 All-WNC Track and Field Teams: Boys Girls (6/15) - Citizen-Times.com
Flights to host major track event (6/15) - Charlotte Observer
More on USATF Youth Champs
The following North Carolina athletes performed very well as members of the
NSSF team at the
Caribbean Scholastic Invitational (6/14)
in San Juan, PR.
Sherice Walker - Cummings - 3rd in 100 meter hurdles (14.33) - 2nd in long jump 18-0 1/2 (5.50 meters) - 3rd in triple jump 38-10 1/4 (11.84m)
Aslynn Halvorson - Butler - 2nd in shot put 42-11 3/4 (13.10 meters) 1st in discus 148-0 (45.13m) 5th in hammer 129-9 (39.54m)
Fuqauwn Greene - New Bern - 2nd in 100 meters (10.62) 1st in 200 meters ( 21.17) 1st in 4 x 100 (40.54)
Anthony Hendrix - New Bern - 2nd in 800 meters (1:53.24)
Wayne Davis - SE Raleigh - 1st in 110 meter hurdles (13.76)
Results - Milesplit
Contributed by Donnie Davis
Will North Carolina high school track and field programs benefit from the
NCHSAA's growing wealth?
Article in The News and Observer (6/15)
New York Times article, photos on New Bern High's successful track program. (6/14)
Posted June 15, 2008:
Former NC high school track standouts who obtained All-America status at the recent Division I NCAA National Championships:
Travis Padgett - Shelby Crest High School - (Clemson) 2nd 100 meter dash - 10.16
Jack Bolas - Chapel Hill High School - (Wisconsin) 3rd 1500 meter run - 3:42.57
Ronnie Ash - Knightdale High School - (Bethune Cookman) 3rd 110 meter hurdles - 13.59 (-1.0)
Latoya James - Cummings High School - (UNC) 4th 400 meter hurdles - 56.91
Austin Davis - Northern Durham High School - (UNC) 8th Triple Jump - 53-3
Patience Coleman - Southern Durham High School - (UNC) 9th High Jump - 5-9.75
Posted June 12, 2008:
Cardinal Gibbons' Heather Beichner moving on to The College of William & Mary (6/10) - CaryNews.com
Athlete to watch:
Zakiya Tyson, who just finished her sophomore year at Durham Jordan HS, placed 2nd (24.22 0.1 PR) and 4th (12.09 0.6) at the Golden South Invitational in Orlando, FL. (6/7)
As a freshman she earned 4 gold medals in the PAC-6 Championships (100, 200, 4x100, and 4x200), earned 4 gold medals in the 4-A Mideast Regional in the same events and was 3rd in the 4-A State Championships in the 100. She later took 4th in the USATF Jr. Olympic Nationals in the Intermediate age class. This year Tyson won a bronze medal in the State Indoor (300 PR of 41.53), won 2 silver medals & 2 golds in both the PAC-6, Regionals, and took 2nd at the State Outdoor (PR of 11.82).
Tyson holds school records at Jordan HS for the 55, 100, 200, and 300. Tyson's coach is the four-time PAC-6 Coach of the Year, Winter Bingham. Look for her at the Nike Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, in the Emerging Elite events.
Several former North Carolina high school stars have qualified for the NCAA Track Championships. Among them are Travis Padgett, J-Mee Samuels, Zeb Johnson, Manteo Mitchell, Matt Debole, Jack Bolas, Charlton Rolle, Austin Davis, Dexter Adams, Tsehaye Dagnachew, LaToya James, Pat Springs, and Patience Coleman. Qualifiers: Men | Women (6/4)
Samuels sprints to personal-best times (6/4) - Winston-Salem Journal
Coaching change at Reagan HS. Story (5/31) - Winston-Salem Journal
Latest story on former Clayton star Johnny Dutch. (5/30) - TheState.com
Blevins to Milligan; Norris to Appalachian - (5/21) Citizen-Times
Asheville High's McKnight exhausts eligibility - (5/21) Citizen-Times
Here's a recent interview with Dylan Ferris from The Chronicle (Winston-Salem) that we just learned of.
NCHSAA 1-A record holder Tara Lindeman (2:15.56) commits to University of South Carolina (5/20)
Story - BlueRidgeNow.com
Former Clayton HS athlete Johnny Dutch of South Carolina had a tremendous meet at the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend.
On Sunday, Johnny finished 2nd in the 400-meter hurdles and 4th in the 110m hurdles, setting personal records in both events. The freshman's time of 48.68 was only .15 behind the winner. More impressively, his time is 2nd in the U.S. this year and 4th in the WORLD. His time also set a new school record at the University of South Carolina. His 13.63 in the 110 hurdles ranks 5th best in school history. He ran 13.36 in high school, but the hurdles in college are 42" high, not 39" like in high school.
Johnny will compete in the NCAA East Regional at Flordia State on May 31st for a berth in the NCAA championships. Later this summer, he will compete at the US Junior Nationals and the US Olympic Trials.
Slideshow: Trask junior Delicia Nixon - StarNewsOnline.com
Former Crest High School athlete Travis Padgett sped to a quick 9.96 timing over 100 meters Saturday (5/10) at Clemson's Orange & Purple Classic. The 9.96 (1.2 wind) is a new school record, track record, and the fastest so far in 2008 by an American. Padgett's previous best 100 was a 10-flat as a freshman. Current NCAA list - TrackShark.com
The NCHSAA has announced dates for the 2009 State Track Meets. Location has not been finalized, although it is expected that the meet will remain at NC A&T Univ., in Greensboro.
-- Friday, May 15...1-A State Championships
-- Saturday, May 16...3-A State Championships
-- Friday, May 22...2-A State Championships
-- Saturday, May 23...4-A State Championships
5/13: Feature on N Henderson's Felisha Aarren (56.75). - BlueRidgeNow.com
Garner High's Booker Nunley, competing unattached, finished 2nd in the 110H over 42" hurdles at the 2008 Taylor Cattle Farm Classic at UNC on 5/9. He ran a 13.91 (wind 1.4) a personal best so far this year. The time qualifies Nunley for the B standard for the Olympic Trials.
Profile of Myers Park's Varonica Johnson - (5/8) Charlotte Observer
North Brunswick's Shawn Sanders and New Hanover's Ashley McCoy are the Wilmington Star-News' Athletes of the Week - (5/8) - Wilmington Star-News
Track & Field Statistics: Boys | Girls (5/8) - Wilmington Star-News
Yeah, I know this story doesn't pertain directly to high school track and field, but it's the best sportsmanship story I've seen in awhile, and I think it should be shared. - Source: Charlotte Observer
Wilmington Laney's Sam Jordan signs with Charlotte (5/3) - Wilmington Star-News
Quad meet at Charlotte Christian (5/1) - Charlotte Country Day site
Feature on Farmville Central's throwers (50-11, 50-5.5, 49-9.5, 160-11, 152-3) - Reflector.com (5/1)
5/1: Profile of West Mecklenburg sprinter Shadae Giles. Giles was the most outstanding runner at the Queen City 3A/4A Conference meet. - Charlotte Observer
4/30 Meet at Forsyth Country Day - W-S Journal
4/30: Ravenscroft boys, girls win. Results - N&O
Middle School Championships for Charlotte-area independent schools were held 4/28 at Providence Day School. Results - NCRunners
Butler's Aslynn Halvorson was 2nd in the Discus at the
2008 Penn Relays this past weekend in Philadelphia.
Source article - Charlotte Observer
4/29: Former Crest athlete, Travis Padgett was named the 2008 ACC's Most Valuable Track Performer, voted by the ACC's 12 head coaches. Padgett became the first in ACC history to win the ACC Championship 100 three times. He also ran on the winning 4x100 and was 2nd in the 200. Feature - The Shelby Star
4/29: Former Western Alamance thrower Wes Kiser won 3 events and was named the Most Outstanding Performer on the men's side at the Southern Conference Championships. Story - Burlington Times-News
4/29: Durham Academy junior Adrianne Soo won the 3200 (11:04.20) at Saturday's Dogwood Track Classic in Charlottesville, Virginia. Results - Milesplit
4/29 Feature: Swain County senior Cory Hipp - Citizen-Times.com
4/27 Feature: Chapel Hill High School's Celia Gaillard - ChapelHillNews.com
4/26: The Southwestern 4-A Conference Honor Roll (Boys | Girls) is posted on MyersParkTrack.com
4/25: Cross Country fans (and fanatics) may be interested in today's announcement by Nike that the NTN Regional will be moving from Hoover, Alabama to Cary, NC. Also, the event is changing its name from NTN to NXN. (formerly Nike Team Nationals; new name will be Nike Cross Nationals). Announcement on DyeStat.com More on MileSplit.com
4/25: Former Carolina Day track and cross country athlete Brenna Burns wins NCAA scholarship - Citizen-Times.com
4/24: Sophia Treakle (Asheville HS) ran a Nike qualifyimg 1:02.92 in the 400H this morning at the 114th Penn Relays in Philadephia. She was fourth in her heat and ninth overall. Penn Relays HS Coverage - DyeStat.com
4/24: Performance lists for Wilmington-area schools (Hoggard, New Hanover,
North Brunswick, South Brunswick, Trask) have been posted on
Boys | Girls lists.
Two Greensboro-area athletes have signed with Appalachian State University (4/24) - News-Record.com
4/24: North Stokes vs South Stokes - N Stokes website
Article on West Johnston junior Dakota Peachee (4/23) - TheHerald-nc.com
Academy vs Cary Academy (4/23) - N&O
Quad meet at Charlotte Latin (note: all times hand times) - (4/23) - CCDS site
Eastern Alamance boys, Western Guilford girls win (4/22) - News-Record.com
Kristen Rush of Greensboro Day ran a 2:17.14 800 at the
International Friendship and Freedom Games (4/18-9) at NC A&T in Greensboro.
Results for high school events - GreensboroToday.org
North Henderson senior Felisha Garren is the Edward Jones/Times-News Prep Player of the Week (4/22) - BlueRidgeNow.com
Foothill Middle School Conference Meet - North Stokes HS (4/22) - N Stokes website
Mooresville's Jamel Allison wows teammates, opponents with 24-4 jump (4/21) - Statesville.com
Mooresville's Jake Deaton (4/18) - Statesville.com
VIKINGS NOTES: Couch excited to compete in county meet again (4/18) - Statesville.com
Former Winston-Salem Mount Tabor star sprinter
J-Mee Samuels 10.12w/20.55 at
Story - (4/20) ArkansasBusiness.com
A Samuels update - (4/21) Benton Co. Daily Record
Meet at Charlotte Latin (4/18) - CCDS site
Announcement: Cross Country scheduling meeting for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools coaches will be Monday, April 28 at 6:00 pm, Providence HS, Room 215. (From front of school it's last room on the right on the 2nd floor front hall.) Schools that attend this meeting are usually CMS, Gaston County, Cabarrus Co., Union Co. (but not required for schools outside of CMS).
Caleb Poplin breaks discus record at Starmount (4/17) - YadkinRipple.com
Burlington Cummings Tri-meet |
Meet at N Lincoln
North Stokes quad | Weddington JV Challenge (4/17) - NCRunners.com
Scotland HS girls win | Boys third (4/16) - LaurinburgExchange.com
Latin's Malai Walker (4/17) - Charlotte.com
Posted Thursday - April 17, 2008
It doesn't seem that long ago that we watched Sara Bei (now married to Olympic marathoner Ryan Hall) compete in Charlotte in the Great American meet. Today's New York Times has an interesting and informative feature on Sarah Hall and her new "training secrets".
Results - Carver/Reagan/Andrews - (4/17) - Winston-Salem Journal
Local news items (4/16) - Winston-Salem Journal
Ayden-Grifton wins (4/16) - reflector.com
J.H. Rose track and field teams win (4/15) - reflector.com
Mount Airy meet #1 (4/15) - NCRunners.com
E. Henderson sophomore Blake Bishop (4/15) - BlueRidgeNow.com
Salzano 3rd at Taco Bell (4/14) - WataugaDemocrat.com
Marvin Ridge meet (4/11) - NCRunners
Meet at Pinecrest (4/10) - Richmond Co. Daily Journal
Meet at Northwood (4/10) | Meet at North Stokes (4/10) - N Stokes site
Meet at Bishop McGuinness (4/10) - NCRunners.com
Meet at Asheville HS (4/10) | Meet at A.L. Brown (4/10) - NCrunners.com
Meets at North Forsyth, East Forsyth, and more (4/10) - JournalNow.com
Meet at Southwest Guilford (4/9) - W-S Journal
Meet at West Davidson (4/9) - The Lexington Dispatch
Meet at Charlotte Providence Day (4/9) - CCDS website
Feature on Green Hope vaulter Josh Brunelle (4/8) - CaryNews.com
Meet at Northwood (4/1) - NCrunners
Dylan Ferris (E. Forsyth) placed 2nd in the High School 1600 with at
4:14.17 at the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Friday, April 4th.
Results | Coverage - DyeStat
Meet at Forsyth Country Day (4/3) - W-S Journal
Posted Friday - April 4, 2008
One of this state's track & field legends, Floyd "Chunk" Simmons of Charlotte passed away earlier this week at the age of 84. Simmons won Olympic bronze medals in the Decathlon in 1948 (London) and 1952 (Helsinki).
Simmons won NCHSAA championships in the High Hurdles (1941, 1942) competing for Charlotte Central HS. Following high school he served in World War II as a ski trooper with the 10th Mountain Division and was awarded a Purple Heart. He then played football at UNC and starred in track. After winning two Olympic medals Simmons worked as an actor and later a photographer in Charlotte. He competed very successfully in the Senior Olympics during his later years. I personally recall from the 1980s frequently observing Chunk stroll into Myers Park's Stadium as high school practice finished, carrying his shot, discus and javelin and watching this sixty-something guy who looked incredible for his age loosen up and start taking warmup throws.
Veteran Charlotte Observer columnist Ron Green Sr has a story on Simmons. Another Observer story. IMDb entry.
TC Roberson's Caroline Kirby signs with State; Chapman with ASU:
Story (4/3) - Citizen-Times.com
Bishop McGuinness dual meet (4/3) - NCRunners
Quad meet at Myers Park (4/2) - NCRunners
Owen HS senior Michael Simmerson has committed to run college track and field at Charlotte. Story (4/1) at Citizen-Times.com
Gastonia Ashbrook meet (4/1) - NCRunners
Meet at Charlotte Country Day (3/27) - CCDS site
Posted Thursday - March 27, 2008
I am looking for 100 to 200 feet of Instant Runway in good condition. If you have some for sale, please contact Coach Alton E. Tyre, Sr. at Southeast Guilford High School at (336) 674-4300, Ext. 2208 (school) or at (252) 230-7078 (cell). You may also e-mail me at email@example.com or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted Wednesday - March 26, 2008
Several Charlotte-area high school athletes participated in Saturday's Charlotte 49er Classic at UNC-Charlotte. Results can be found at www.flashresults.com/2008_Meets/outdoor/49erClassic/FullHTMLResults.htm
Coverage - DyeStat
Posted Tuesday - March 25, 2008
Subject: Allstate Sugar Bowl Track and Field Classic, New Orleans, LA
The Wakefield High School Track Team will be attending the 16th Annual Allstate SugarBowl Track and Field Classic at historic Tad Gormley Stadium on March 28 - 29, 2008 in New Orleans. The two-day Sugar Bowl Classic is the largest high school track and field invitational in Louisiana and features more than 150 boys and girls teams from Louisiana and surrounding states such as Alabama, Texas, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Tennessee, and even as far as California. Tad Gormley Stadium is a multipurpose outdoor stadium located in City Park in New Orleans, Louisiana, it has been used for football, track & field, and soccer. It played host to the US Olympic Track & Field Trials for the 1992 Summer Olympics It seats 45,600 and has a 400 meter polyurethane track. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina flooded the stadium, which remained structurally sound. The stadium required major work to the electrical system and the field. As of February 21, 2008, both the inside and outside tracks have been resurfaced, and all facilities have been renovated. The state of the art Beynon Surfaces track will provide the competitors in the 16th annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Track & Field Classic a great opportunity to turn in their best performances. With support from the Allstate Sugar Bowl committee, as well as long-time Sponsors Brooks Sports and Gill Athletics, the 2008 Allstate Sugar Bowl Track and Field Classic promises to be an exciting event.
About the city of New Orleans, it's the most culturally unique city in America, with all its old-world charm and tale-telling mystique; a city known for jazz, Mardi Gras, the French Quarter, Congo Square, and the St. Louis Cathedral, gumbo, beignets, King Cake and much, much more; a truly historic city that has endeared itself to millions of visitors from around the world. New Orleans was hit by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and has been rebuilding ever since thanks to the millions of donations from around the country.
The Wakefield track team will be the "first team ever from North Carolina" to attend the Annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Track and Field Classic in New Orleans and will be interviewed and observed by the media, fans, and community. This is a unique and maybe once in a life time trip for the kids from Wakefield, and the opportunity to represent Wakefield high school and the state of North Carolina on a national level.
The coaches would like to thank all the parents for their support and sacrifice to make this trip possible.
Meet website: www.sugarbowltrackclassic.com
Contributed by Coach Harris, Asst. Track Coach, Wakefield High, Raleigh, NC
Asheville HS meet (3/20) - NCRunners
Marvin Ridge meet (3/20) - NCRunners
Chatham Central meet (3/20) - NCRunners
Pamlico track improves to 6-0 (3/19) - SunJournalSports.com
Ragsdale, E Alamance win meets (3/18) - TimesNews
Cummings, E Alamance win (3/18) - TimesNews
West Davidson splits 4-way meet (3/18) - The Lexington Dispatch
Pitt County meet (3/15) - Reflector.com
Results from 3/13 and 3/18 meets: (on NCRunners.com)
GNR quad meet at Clayton (3/18)
Two Rivers Meet #2 at South View (3/13)
Meet at Kannapolis A.L. Brown (3/13)
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Posted Friday - March 14, 2008
Three West Henderson High School students have been chosen to participate in two cross country races in Australia this summer. Story on BlueRidgeNow.com
Posted Thursday - March 6, 2008
Blake Russell won 11 NCISAA track titles while at Forsyth Country Day School from 1990 - 1993. Russell was recently interviewed for BostonTrials2008.com
Posted Tuesday - March 4, 2008
Former Raleigh Broughton HS athlete Jesse Williams is featured in an article in today's Eugene Register-Guard. More on Williams.
Posted Friday - February 29, 2008
Fans of indoor track should enjoy John Nepolitan's photos and Dave Devine's essay "One Ring Circus - the essence of indoors" on DyeStat.com
Posted Wednesday - February 27, 2008
Olympic champion Frank Shorter will talk specifically to high school athletes Saturday, March 1st at 10:30 am in Winston-Salem at the Mount Tabor High School Auditorium. More at NCRunners.com
The Twin City Track Club is bringing Shorter to Winston-Salem for this and another event.
Posted Thursday - February 14, 2008
Jack Bolas sets UW indoor mile record (posted 2/14/08)
Former Chapel Hill HS runner Jack Bolas broke a 30-year-old UW record with a 3:59.40 mile at an invitational meet at Notre Dame. The performance qualifies Bolas for the NCAA championships, and he was named the Big Ten Conference co-Athlete of the Week. Story at DailyCardinal.com