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(Posted December 30, 2010:)
Track & Field News has released their 2010 World and U.S. Rankings, and eight former North Carolina high school stars appear on the top-10 lists:

Jesse Williams (who high jumped 7-3 in 2002 at Raleigh Broughton HS) was ranked #2 in the world -- behind Russia's Ivan Ukhov, and #1 in the U.S. in the High Jump for 2010.
Williams was both the U.S. Outdoor and Indoor champion in 2010.

Others ranked in the U.S. top-10:
110HH:  Ronnie Ash (Knightdale HS) - #3. (#5 in World.)
400IH:  Johnny Dutch (Clayton HS) - #4. (#6 in World.)
10,000m:  Blake Russell (Forsyth Country Day) - #6.
100m:  J-Mee Samuels (Winston-Salem Mount Tabor) - #8.
800m:  Karjuan Williams (New Bern HS) - #8.
Triple Jump:  Alphonso Jordan (Charlotte Hopewell HS) - #8.
1500m:  Jack Bolas (Chapel Hill HS) - #10.
100 Hurdles:  Gabby Mayo (Southeast Raleigh HS) - #10.

Source: Track and Field News eTrack Newsletter (Vol. 8, No. 67; Dec. 29, 2010).

(Posted December 20, 2010:)
December 21st. 23rd, 28th and 30th -- Christmas break Pole Vault Clinics -- Hahn's Gymnastics, 18 Legend Drive, Arden, NC
Check the Vaulthouse web sit at From 6:00 to 8:00 at Hahn's Gymnastics which has an indoor pit which Bobby Wilson has set up. Cost is $10. If you are interested in jumping you must have a USATF athlete number. Get them at and fill out the information. Parents must fill out a consent form. This will give insurance to the facility and coach. We will have more depending on numbers of athletes. January 2nd we will be jumping in Hickory NC from 1:00 to 4:00. Cost is $15. Coach Wilson 828-713-6356. Coach Eric Morell 336-392-5708.

(Posted December 3, 2010:)
Robbinsville runner to race internationally -

(Posted November 24, 2010:)
Pacers help produce multiple state champions -

(Posted November 23, 2010:)
Former T.C. Roberson athlete Laura Hoer and former Hickory HS runner Ryan Hill earned All-American status at Monday's NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. Both now compete for the NC State Wolfpack.
Article -   Results -   Story | Feature -   Interview -

Former Pinecrest HS runner Andy Wacker, now at Colorado, placed 37th at the NCAA meet to earn all-american status. Article | Video interview -

(Posted November 22, 2010:)
Former East Chapel Hill athlete Carolyn Baskir, now at Bowdoin College in Maine, earned All-American recognition by placing 26th in the NCAA Division III Championships Saturday.   Story -

In high school Baskir placed 2nd in the State 4-A Cross Country meet her junior and senior years, one second behind Laura Hoer in 2009.

(Posted November 22, 2010:)
An Act of Sportsmanship -

(Posted November 19, 2010:)
Update on former TC Roberson runner Caroline Kirby (now running for UNC) -

Update on former Enka HS runner Jordan Gaddy (now running for Western Carolina) -

(Posted November 15, 2010:)
Here's an interesting commentary on the sport of high school cross country. - Daily Herald, Austin, MN

(Posted November 10, 2010:)
Southern Pines' The Pilot has a story on former area high school runners Andy Wacker (Pinecrest), Bonnie MacDonald (Union Pines), Katie Ballard (Pinecrest), and Hannah Thomas (North Moore).

(Posted November 3, 2010:)
Asheville story on last year's state 4-A champion, Laura Hoer (now at NC State).

New York Times story on Forsyth Country Day grad Blake Russell.  Russell won 11 NCISAA track titles while at Forsyth Country Day School from 1990 - 1993.

(Posted October 30, 2010:)
2010 TC Roberson HS graduate Laura Hoer won today's ACC Cross Country Meet.   Story at

Former Apex runner Andie Cozzarelli was 11th to earn All-ACC honors.

Former Hickory HS star Ryan Hill placed 10th in the men's race with teammate Sandy Roberts (Broughton HS) 19th.
Meet preview. More.

At the Big-12 Meet in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Andy Wacker (Pinecrest HS) placed 5th (24:14) to lead the Colorado men to 2nd.

In the Southern Conference meet in Boone, Alex Taylor (Providence HS) ran #2 for Appalachian State to lead them to their 6th consecutive championship.

(Posted October 18, 2010: ...updated 10/21)
Several former high school stars from North Carolina ran well for NC State at this past weekend's NCAA Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Ryan Hill (Hickory HS) was 2nd in his race, leading State to 5th place. Laura Hoer (TC Roberson HS) placed 4th, indicating that she may possibly be the nation's top freshman runner.

Andie Cozzarelli (Apex HS) ran 37th, helping the Wolfpack women to 8th place. Running #3 for State's men Sandy Roberts (Raleigh Broughton HS) was 35th. Patrick Campbell (Mooresville HS) ran #5 for State, finishing 88th.

Story on   Related story -

Andy Wacker (Pinecrest HS) also ran at Prenats. Andy runs for Colorado and placed 17th in his race.

UNC's men placed 8th. Freshman Jake Hurysz (E. Alamance HS) ran #3 for the Tarheels placing 59th. Mohamed Abushouk (Cary HS), also a freshman ran #4 in 104th. Freshman Isaac Presson (Asheville HS) ran #7 finishing 150th in 25:25. More on

The UNC women's B-Team won the NC Collegiate meet at Guilford College Saturday, with redshirt freshman Ashley Miess (Charlotte Latin HS) placing 2nd. More on

(Posted August 20, 2010:)
Top South Carolina runner transferring to Raleigh private school.
Story -

(Posted August 20, 2010:)
Southern Alamance boys and girls teams win Alamance Country meet.
Results -

(Posted August 19, 2010:)
Wesley Frazier will not be running with her school's team this fall.
Details - News & Observer (scroll down)

(Posted August 18, 2010:)
Northwood boys edge Chatham Central.
Results -

(Posted August 18, 2010:)
Salisbury's Romar Morris commits to UNC
Morris has won back-to-back 2-A championships in the 100 and 200. He set NCHSAA 2-A records in the 100 (10.54 seconds) and the 200 (21.47) as he led Salisbury to the 2-A championship last May.
Story - News & Observer

(Posted August 7, 2010:)
Landon Hunt (Robbinsville HS) pole vaulted 15-6 at the Georgia State Games in Marietta on July 16, 2010. The performance moves Hunt into the top 10 vaulters in North Carolina high school history.
Results.   Meet website.   NC Top 25.

(Posted August 5, 2010:)
Story in today's Charlotte Observer about about a program in Charlotte:  Cross-Country for Youth, beginning its fourth season in an after-school running program designed to combat childhood obesity and promote character-building among middle-and elementary-school students. More than 250 students participate in the 10-week program run by Reggie McAfee, the first African-American to break the four-minute mile barrier. In addition to local practices, which will be held on Monday and Wednesday from 4 to 5:30 p.m., kids will be competing in a series of cross-country meets. The program begins Sept. 13. They are looking for volunteers.   More info on the program.

(Posted July 29, 2010:)
Hannah Hensley Strikes Gold for Sandhills Track Club

(Sacramento, CA) Hannah Hensley, the outstanding rising sophomore from Pinecrest High School has turned in the stellar performance at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics in the Intermediate Girls Heptathlon. The grueling seven event challenge is contested over two day. Hannah was able to amass an impressive 4725 points to easily outdistance the second place finisher.

One mark that clearly stands out in the two day competition is a massive high jump of 5'8" which is worth a hefty 916 points. No other competitor scored more than 800 points in a single event. Hannah's road to her first national title was cleared because of her jumping ability. She also produced an impressive long jump of 5.28 meters (17' 3.87"). She has jump further but few in her age group can come close to that mark.

Five athletes are in Sacramento representing the Sandhills Track Club, They are Eric Upchurch (Harnett Central), DJ Shaw (Red Springs), John Minnot (Union Pines), Hannah Hensley (Pinecrest) and Peter Deucher (Vass, NC). To get updates about the competition at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics, visit .

Peter Deucher set a personal best mark in the 2000 meter steeplechase on Tuesday. His time of 6:36.73 earned him 14th place in a field of 26 runners. Luckily for the Sandhills Track Club Peter is eligible to return to the Championship next year and vie for the title.

In tomorrow's action, John Minnot and DJ Shaw contest the triple jump. Eric Upchurch is set to compete in the shot put. Also on Thursday, Hannah Hensley has one more shot at gold in the high jump. An event where she should be one of the favorites.

The Sandhills Track Club has been a part of the community for over 30 years. it provides opportunities for athletes of all ages and abilities to compete. For more information visit

Individual performances in each event and points totals:
1 Hensley, Hannah 100 Hurd:15.54 HJ:1.75m Shot:8.19m 200:26.11 LJ:5.28m Jav:29.57m 800:2:26.94 Points: Total:4725 100 hurd:(772) HJ:(916) Shot:(412) 200:(788) Day 1:2888 LJ:(637) Jav:(468) 800:(732)

(Posted July 22, 2010:)
Carnival field now up to 40 schools (7/22) -

UNC announces 2010 - 2011 Tar Heel Track and Field Incoming Class (7/21) -

(Posted July 13, 2010:)
Recent Fayetteville Britt graduate Sanura Eley-O'Reilly has been named as an alternate on the U.S. 4x400 team for the 2010 IAAF World Jr Championships in Moncton, Canada. She ran 53.43 at the NCHSAA State 4-A meet (2nd-fastest ever in NC prep history) and was recently named the Gatorade NC girls track athlete of the year. O'Reilly holds school records in the 100, 200, 400 and 800, and will enroll at South Carolina.

Also named to the U.S. team are two former high school stars from NC:
Dakota Peachee of High Point University (West Johnston HS; 2008 State indoor 3200 champion), and Clemson's Stormy Kendrick (Gastonia Forestview; 2-time State 3-A outdoor champion and 2-time indoor state champion; 11.70 & 24.28 high school bests).

Complete list by event of Team USA. (ESPN RISE)

(Posted July 9, 2010:)
North Henderson coach cycling across USA - Asheville
Update (7/14).   Another update (7/19).   Update (7/23).   Update (7/29).   Update (8/3).   Update (8/5).   Update (8/6).   Update (8/7).   Update (8/10).   Update (8/13)   Update (8/14).

(Posted June 30, 2010:)
Story on former Chapel Hill HS standout Jack Bolas. (

(Posted June 7, 2010:)
Chelsea Treadway, a junior at Swain County High School won the girls high school invitational 800 meters at the Music City Distance Carnival in 2:16.45, in Nashville,TN Saturday, nearly breaking the meet record of 2:16.33 set in 2005. Chelsea defeated Patavia Lowery of Knoxville TN who is the current AAA TN 800 meters champion of 2010. Lowery's time was 2:16.50. (Meet results. Video.) This is Chelsea's final tune up before the New Balance nationals in which she will be competing in the emerging elite category at nationals.

(Posted June 4, 2010:)
Brevard High's Kaylan Lance has signed with Western Carolina.   Story -

Also, Aaron Nelson of McMichael HS (2:00 - 800 and 13'6" - PV) signed with Lenior Rhyne University.

Athens Drive hurdler to sign with Wake Forest -

(Posted June 2, 2010:)   (Updated June 7)
Several former North Carolina high school stars qualified this past weekend for the NCAA Division I National Championships, June 9 - 12 in Eugene, Oregon. Among them are:

100H - Gabby Mayo (SE Raleigh HS) - Texas A&M Jr 12.81 (3rd seed)
100 - Gabby Mayo - 11.41 (13th)
4x100 - Gabby Mayo - 42.49 (1st)
400H - LaToya James (Cummings HS) - North Carolina Jr 56.73 (6th)
4x400 - LaToya James 3:37.71 (23rd)
100 - Stormy Kendrick (Gastonia Forestview HS) - Clemson Fr 11.36 (11th)
200 - Stormy Kendrick 23.46 (16th)
4x100 - Stormy Kendrick 43.70 (4th)
4x100 - Gabrielle Glenn (Charlotte Providence HS) - South Carolina Jr 44.29 (9th)
4x400 - Christy Johnson (Raleigh Athens Drive HS) - North Carolina Jr 3:37.71 (23rd)
SP - Lawanda Henry (Cape Fear Christian) - NC State So 15.77m (21st)
110HH - Ronnie Ash (Knightdale HS) - Oklahoma Jr 13.37 (1st)
110HH - Johnny Dutch (Clayton HS - South Carolina Jr 13.53 (3rd)
110HH - Charlton Rolle (W-S Reynolds HS) - Clemson Jr 13.82 (22nd)
110HH - Spencer Adams (Matthews Butler HS) - Clemson Fr 13.84 (23rd)
400IH - Johnny Dutch (Clayton HS) - South Carolina Jr 48.12 (1st)
400IH - Brent LaRue (East Forsyth HS) - Wake Forest Sr 50.29 (12th)
4x400 - Johnny Dutch (Clayton HS) - South Carolina 3:04.76 (9th)
4x400 - Brent LaRue (East Forsyth HS) - Wake Forest 3:06.81 (18th)
400 - Darius Law (SE Raleigh HS) - Charlotte Jr 45.29 (9th)
200 - Darius Law 20.70 (17th)
1500 - Jack Bolas (Chapel Hill HS) - Wisconsin Sr 3:38.47 (2nd)
1500 - Dylan Ferris (East Forsyth HS) - Stanford So 3:46.76 (19th)
Steeple - Adu Dentamo (Charlotte Vance HS) - Charlotte Sr 8:47.89 (15th)
5000 - Ryan Hill (Hickory HS) - NC State Fr 14:11.78 (21st)
4x100 - Antonio Sales (E. Chapel Hill HS) - South Carolina Jr 39.41 (6th)
TJ - Alphonso Jordan (Charlotte Hopewell HS) - Georgia Tech Sr 16.56m (3rd)
Deca - Daniel Keller (Southwest Guilford HS) - North Carolina Sr 7467 (12th)

NCAA Qualifiers (Complete List): Men | Women

Please email and let us know of any that may have been overlooked.

(Posted May 28, 2010:)
12-year old Raleigh seventh grader runs 50.2 400m -

(Posted May 21, 2010:)
Alix Wicker (Riverside) and Erik Kraus (Durham Academy) receive top honors, annual scholarships from the Durham Sports Club:   Story - Durham Herald-Sun

(Posted May 20, 2010:)
Former East Henderson standout earns All-American honors. Story. (On

(Posted May 19, 2010:)
The NCAA Division 1 Track and Field Regionals are Thur. - Sat. May 27-29 at NC A&T.
The Top Places will qualify for the NCAA Track & Field Championships.

Tell your athletes, parents and coaches that one of the best track meets in the USA will be at NC A&T on May 29. LSU, Florida State, Tennessee, South Carolina, Michigan, Kentucky, UNC, DUKE, Indiana and every other D1 college East of the Mississippi will be at one meet in Greensboro.

This will be one of the greatest displays of track talent you will see and for a very cheap price. $10 for adults and $7 for kids. Olympians, NCAA Champions and world class athletes will all have to run on May 27-29 in order to make the National Championships.

Tell all track fans you know as this is the best $10 you will ever spend on a track meet.

Schedule and information
NCAA Track & Field | Runnerspace College Track | USTFCCCA weekly results

(Submitted by Charlie Brown, Greensboro Pacesetters Track Club)

(Posted Apr. 28, 2010:)
Updates on some former North Carolina high school athletes:

Former Durham Jordan HS standout Danielle Thorpe won her 3rd straight Southern Conference triple jump title for Appalachian State last weekend with a jump of 43'2.25(+0.3). She won by over three feet and set a new SoCon record. Her jump now ranks 10th in the nation.

Former North Henderson High standout Felisha Garren helped Western Carolina to the Southern Conference title. (Story on

Good story in the News & Observer on former Fuquay-Varina triple jumper Chris Coleman. (State 2-A champion '90, '91; 50-0 in '91)

A recent News & Observer story on former Hickory HS star Ryan Hill.

(Posted Apr. 18, 2010:)
Summer Track & Junior Crazy Runners
WHAT: 8 weeks of running, jumping, speed and endurance building exercise led by a USA Track and Field certified coach. Athletes will learn the fundamentals of Track and Field, and have the opportunity to compete in 5 track meets. This is awesome conditioning, speed and endurance development to prepare for any sport.
WHO: Junior Crazy Runners is for ages 5 - 7. Summer Track is for athletes ages 8 - 14. Athletes are divided into groups to assure that everyone is challenged.
WHERE: Hanes Park Track
WHEN: May 4th - June 23, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:30 - 4:30pm, 5 Wednesday evening track meets on May 26, June 2, 9, 16 and 23.
COST: Summer Track - $125 Junior Crazy Runners - $100
To register, or for more information, go online: or call or email Coach Holland: 336.287-1639

(Posted Mar. 27, 2010:)
We all know that this state badly needs another venue besides UNC's where indoor track & field meets can be held. The Eddie Smith Field House has a nice 200-meter track, with great field event facilities, but still has a cramped feel at large meets, is hard to walk around and move about, difficult to hear the announcer, and somewhat spectator-unfriendly.

Another, improved facility for indoor track, perhaps near Greensboro or Charlotte(?), is a nice dream of many of us, but not likely to appear during the current economic times -- unless a major donor or sponsor (or two) decides they want to step forward and help to create one.

I recently stumbled across an old photo of UNC's indoor track, in their original "Tin Can" facility (40-years ago and two "Tin Can" versions back). During the late 60s there was only one indoor meet for NC high school athletes every winter. I competed there just once, my senior year in the Mile. This photo brings back old memories, and shows that things have gotten better, although there is still room for improvement toward providing the high school student-athletes of this state a top-quality and spectator-friendly facility for the sport of Indoor Track.

(Posted Mar. 21, 2010:)
7th grader, Alana Hadley, runs 17:09.38 track 5K -

(Posted Mar. 15, 2010:)
Mayo, Nunley earn top-five finishes at NCAA Indoor Track Championships - N&O
Former Knightdale star wins NCAA title -
More on Ronnie Ash -
Complete NCAA results - Flash Results Inc.

(Posted Mar. 5, 2010:)
Turgeon Communications LLC has launched, a website for high school track and field athletes looking to compete in college. features a searchable database of every NCAA track & field conference championship in Division I, II and III. The database includes 76 conference championships and more than 45,000 individual men's and women's performances. The database covers all 19 individual running and field events (the database can also be reached through and

The website, designed by Rhode-Island based technology company Brave River Solutions, allows high school athletes to see how their performances compare to college athletes. High school athletes can see where they rank among all college competitors in any individual event and can see how they would have finished in every conference championship in the country.

"There are plenty of places you can go to look up the academic requirements of a college," explains founder Steve Turgeon, who has coached high school track & field in Rhode Island for five years. "But what about track & field? What does it take to run in college? We think will go a long way in answering that question for a lot of athletes."

(Note: is not a free service, but is subscription-based.)

(Posted Mar. 1, 2010:)
Former Raleigh Broughton athlete (class of '02) Jesse Williams won the high jump this past weekend at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Williams clears 7-8 for U.S. indoor title - Eugene Register-Guard
Williams jumped 7-3 in high school, best-ever in the event by an NC athlete. (NC All-Time List). He was ranked #4 in the world for 2009 by Track & Field News.

Former Crest star Travis Padgett placed 6th in the 60. Results -

(Posted Feb. 24, 2010:)
All Comers Meet & Sprinting Clinic by Olympian Kia Davis:
SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2010 -- 2010 WINTER ALL-COMERS MEET (For All Ages - Families, Youth, Junior Varsity, Varsity, College and Masters). 8:00 a.m. to Noon. At the Meredith Athletic Field and Track Complex, Meredith College Campus, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Meredith College and Fit & Able Productions, Inc. invites athletes of all skill levels to compete in the Winter All-Comers Meet for running events.
MEET SCHEDULE Ė the meet will follow a schedule starting at 9 AM. Registration starts at 8 AM - Registration & check in no later than 30 minutes before gun time. Hand Timing and ALL running events are timed finals. The Duration of the meet will be determined by the number of participants. 8:00 a.m. Ė 9:00 a.m. Registration & check-in at the Meredith Track Field House. 8:00 AM Track opens for warm-ups until the first event. 8:30 Ė Speakers Clinic Ė How to Prepare Mentally for competition by Olympic Sprinter Ė KIA DAVIS. 9:00 The National Anthem followed by the competition: Womenís 4x400, Menís 4x400, Womenís Mile, Menís Mile, Womenís 100, Menís 100, Womenís 4x200, Menís 4x200, Womenís 800, Menís 800, Womenís 200, Menís 200, Womenís 3200, Menís 3200, 50 Yard Dash for athletes 12 years and under (a dollar a dash for children Ė registration required). Noon - Approximate Meet Closure. 4:00 PM Results will be posted on a rolling basis during the meets. All Results posted to the Website. Organizers reserve the right to cancel an event with refund to athletes entered. Cost: Individual: $5 per event, $15 for four events (not including relays). Relay Teams: $10 per race per meet (entry forms must be submitted together Ė use additional form for athletes in individual events. Team per meet: $100 per team per meet, max 4 events per athlete up to 10 athletes per team (may include both males and females). Registration form must be submitted together as a team. Meet Day Registration: $5 late fee per athlete for both individuals and teams. NOTE: All mail in or early registrations MUST be post marked no later than March 3. Note: Each athlete must have a completed waiver form. Forms for athletes 18 and under must be signed by a guardian. No refunds for athletes or teams who withdraw from the meet or an event. Registration Information or Questions please contact: Email or Phone: 919-673-4685. Web:

(Posted Feb. 5, 2010:)
White Oak's Hobbs signs with College of Charleston -

(Posted Feb. 3, 2010:)
Isaac Presson (Asheville HS) commits to UNC.   Story -

More college choices - NCrunners

(Posted Jan. 7, 2010:)
Wednesday's News & Observer has on its Preps Now page an update on author/coach Nicholas Sparks and this year's New Bern HS track and field program:
Keeping track of Nicholas Sparks

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