2011 Misc. News

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(Posted Dec. 30, 2011)

(Photo contributed by Coach McSwain.)
Crest High School's Harvey McSwain II has made his college decision and will go to Texas Christian University.
McSwain won both the State 3-A 100 (10.83 -0.3) and 200 (21.50 -0.3) last May. His 200 best is 21.18.
Story -

(Posted Dec. 21, 2011)
Chapel Hill HS Cross Country Alumni Run Saturday:   Details -

(Posted Dec. 20, 2011)
Update on former South Central HS (Winterville) star Danielle Butts. (The Daily Reflector)   Butts won three NCHSAA 3-A state titles in the Triple Jump, two in the High Jump, and ran on five state championship relay teams while at South Central. She ranks 7th on NC's all-time high school triple jump list at 40-11 (+2.5). Butts led South Central to state titles in 2010 and 2011, winning the MVP award in 2010.

(Posted Dec. 14, 2011)
Former Roberson sprinter shining at App State -

(Posted Dec. 7, 2011)
Addie Bracy, who ran for Northwest Guilford HS placed 4th in the Las Vegas Half Marathon Sunday 12/4. Bracy's time was 74.10 -- A PR. She was 3 1/2 minutes behind Australia's Benita Willis who set a new Course Record (70:40). Bracy has qualified for the US Olympic Trials marathon next month.
Story -

Bracy is Volunteer Assistant Coach with UNC. Bracy was 13th in the 2003 State 4-A Cross Country, 2nd in the 1600 at the 2004 State Indoor Meet, and 3rd in the 4-A 1600 outdoors.  More on Bracy (

Adu Dentamo, a 2005 graduate of Vance HS in Charlotte, placed 11th in the mens race at Las Vegas, recording a time of 75:08. Result.

Dentamo was 3rd in the 2004 Outdoor State 4-A Meet in the 3200 (9:30.30), and ran a leg on Vance's 5th place 4x800. He placed 4th in the 2005 Outdoor State 4-A Meet in the 1600 (4:18.98).  More on Dentamo (

Las Vegas Half Marathon Results -

(Posted Dec. 6, 2011)
Interview with former Raleigh Broughton HS athlete Jesse Williams -

(Posted Dec. 5, 2011)
Sydney White (East Forsyth HS) competed Saturday 12/3 at the Liberty KickOff meet in Lynchburg, VA, placing 6th against college competition with a 11-3 3/4 vault (3.45 meters). She cleared 3.45 on her 2nd attempt. The bar was then raised to 3.60 (11-9 1/2) where White missed on all three attempts.
Meet Results -

(Posted Dec. 2, 2011)
This isn't a high school track or cross country article, but is about long-time NC State Coach Rollie Geiger -- who has helped many former North Carolina high school runners elevate themselves to the national level.
40 ACC Championships, one coach -

(Posted Dec. 1, 2011)
Broughton High graduate Jesse Williams honored - N&O.
Williams will be presented the Jesse Owens Award Saturday night in St. Louis as the top U.S. male track and field athlete.
More -
Williams high jumped 7-3 in 2002 while at Broughton.

An interesting article on why high school girls are getting much faster. -

(Posted Nov. 30, 2011 ... updated Dec. 1)
The National High School Sports Record Book is now online and can be found on the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Web site at:

The NCHSAA has begun the process of adjusting and realigning conferences. ADM numbers and a first attempt towards modifying conferences are here on the NCHSAA site. Note that this is only the first draft, generated by SAS statistical software, and would not occur next school year (2012-13), but the following year (2013-14).  More on realignment.  Story -  Story | Column - Charlotte Observer.   Story - N&O.

(Posted Nov. 16, 2011)
Profile: Hendersonville Track Coach Pam Bolton (11/15) -
Kultan Keihas project has javelins pointing to Chapel Hill (11/16) -

(Posted Nov. 15, 2011)
Former Hickory HS runner Ryan Hill led NC State to a 70-point win and an NCAA berth Saturday at the Southeast Regional in Louisville, KY.  Hill, who won the ACC Championship last month won Saturday by almost 4 seconds over Paul Chelimo of UNCG. NC State junior Patrick Campbell (Mooresville HS) was 24th.   Story -

Also qualifying for the NCAAs as an individual was UNC sophomore Jake Hurysz (Eastern Alamance HS), who placed 7th. Sophomore Mohammed Abushouk (Cary HS) placed 48th. Freshman Scott Morgan (Calvary Baptist Day Sch.) was 121st. UNC's team placed 5th.  Story -

William & Mary placed 3rd. Sixth-year grad student Lewis Woodard (Providence Day School) was 28th.   High Point University sophomore Patrick Crawford (East Forsyth HS) was 38th.   Story -

Appalachian State junior Alex Taylor (Charlotte Providence HS) was 85th and senior Nick Kelly (Burlington Williams HS) 109th. Story -

Clemson senior Jonathan Sunde (Charlotte Catholic HS) placed 86th. Story -

Elon freshman Luis Vargas (Harnett Central) was 92nd. Freshman Sean Magee (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) was 106th. Senior Clay Sankey (Charlotte Providence Day) was 158th. Story -

Charlotte junior Daweet Dagnachew (Jacksonville HS) placed 93rd. Junior Cody Hodgins (Huntersville Hopewell HS) was 133rd and senior Dakota Lowery (W Johnston HS) was 138th. Sophomore Eleazar Garcia (N Forsyth HS) was 161st.

Western Carolina junior Chase Fisher (Northwest Cabarrus HS) placed 147th. Freshman Jacob Englert (Gastonia Forestview HS) was 149th. Freshman Travis Alfaro (Lincolnton HS) was 168th. Junior Garrett West (Northwest Cabarrus HS) was 198th.

UNC-Wilmington freshman Josh Drew (Jacksonville White Oak) was 191st.

NC State's women placed 2nd to Virginia 107 to 113. Leading the Wolfpack was senior Andie Cozzarelli (Apex HS) who was 7th overall. Sophomore Laura Hoer (Asheville TC Roberson HS) placed 18th and sophomore Kenyetta Iyevbele 45th.

UNC senior Caroline Kirby (Asheville TC Roberson HS) placed 78th. The UNC women were 3rd, behind State and Virginia.

Virginia Tech freshman Sarah Rapp (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) was 49th.

Appalachian State junior Amanda Hamilton (Apex HS) placed 60th. Senior Hannah Orders (Huntersville Hopewell HS) was 81st. Junior Sarah Williamson (Pineville Ardrey Kell HS) ran 22:40.7. Sophomore Allison Cook (Raleigh Sanderson HS) ran 23:02.4.

Elon freshman Haylee Dawe (Charlotte Latin) was 112th.

Charlotte (10th) freshman Jenna Christensen (Cary HS) placed 92nd. Freshman Kristen Stout (Hendersonville HS) was 128th and junior Maraya Slatter (W Johnston HS) was 159th. Story -

East Carolina (11th) senior Tara Wilson (South Caldwell HS) was 61st. Senior Amanda Lapp (Southeast Raleigh HS) was 83rd. Sophomore Chelsea Hollingsworth (Northwest Guilford) was 118th.

Furman (15th) sophomore Catherine Burton (McDowell County) placed 165th. Junior Emily Wirzba (Orange Co. HS) was 209th.

UNC-Wilmington (30th) senior Lindsay Ester (Burlington Williams HS) placed 99th. Senior Liz Roution (Raleigh Millbrook HS) was 150th. Sophomore Haley Kapheim (Weddington HS) was 172nd.

At the Mountain Regional in Provo, Utah Colorado's Andrew Wacker (So. Pines Pinecrest HS) placed 7th. The Colorado men placed 2nd behind BYU to advance to the NCAA meet. Story -

NCAA Regionals Results | Qualifiers -

(Posted Nov. 10, 2011)
An interview with former Forsyth Country Day runner and 2008 Olympic team member Blake Russell -

(Posted Nov. 9, 2011)
For many runners, the cross country season did not end with the State Meet.   This article is one of the best I've ever seen as far as the dilemma of what to do between between the State and Foot Locker or NXN meets. Good training advice. (on

(Posted Nov. 2, 2011)
The Javelin Throw is not a an approved event by the NCHSAA and athletes interested in the event are limited to club/USATF/AAU competition. However, state of the art coaching and training instruction will be available to any coaches and athletes attending the Project Kultan Keihas javelin clinic December 27 - 30 in Chapel Hill.   Contact Jeff Gorski ( ) for more info.

Info/Details -   Klub Keihas website   Story on Project Kultan Keihas   Another story   More javelin stuff

(Posted Oct. 24, 2011)
Metrolina Christian is looking for a Jumps Coach for the Spring. Knowledge and a background in the long jump and triple jump is preferred. It is a volunteer position. Metrolina Christian is an NCISAA 3A school and is located in Indian Trail, which is in Union County. Please contact Brett Honeycutt at if interested.

(Posted Oct. 20, 2011)
Guilford, Winston-Salem State working on big track & field weekend (10/19) -

High Point University sophomore Patrick Crawford (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth HS) has been named Big South Cross Country Runner of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday. Story -

(Posted Oct. 17, 2011) ... (updated Oct. 19)
Several former NC high school runners competed in major college meets this past weekend.

At the Pre-Nationals 10/16 at Indiana State, in the Men's 8K Colorado's Andrew Wacker (Pinecrest HS) was 2nd (23:58), 3 seconds behine winner Leonard Korir of Iona. Colorado won the mem's team title.  Story -

In the Women's 6K, Virginia Tech freshman Sarah Rapp (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons HS) was 42nd (21:47). Story -
Rice University sophomore Lindsay Miller (Charlotte Country Day) was 134th (23:01). Story -
Charlotte placed 15th among 40 schools. Freshman Kristen Stout (Hendersonville HS) was 124th (22:55).   Freshman Jenna Christensen (Cary HS) was 143rd (23:08).  Story -

At the Wisconsin adidas Invitational 10/14, in the Men's 8K NC State placed 11th out of 39 teams. Senior Ryan Hill (Hickory HS) placed 2nd (23:59.9). Junior Patrick Campbell (Mooresville HS) was 69th (24:38). Redshirt Freshman Bryan Spreitzer (Cary Green Hope HS) was 119th (24:54).

UNC placed 20th. Sophomore Jake Hurysz (Eastern Alamance HS) led the Heels in 32nd place (24:19). Freshman Scott Morgan (Calvary Baptist Day Sch.) was 129th (25:00). Soph Isaac Presson (Asheville HS) was 180th (25:24). Freshman Blake Williams (Northern Durham HS) was 210th (25:41).   Story -

William & Mary placed 27th. Sixth-year grad student Lewis Woodard (Providence Day School) was 121st (24:56).  Story -

In the Women's 6K, NC State placed 12th out of 41 teams. Senior Andie Cozzarelli (Apex HS) was 34th (20:46). Freshman Kenyetta Iyevbele (Charlotte Olympic HS) was 142nd (21:35). Sophomore Laura Hoer (Asheville TC Roberson HS) was 173rd (21:43).   Story -

William & Mary placed 39th. Redshirt freshman Lauren Strapp (Raleigh Leesville Road HS) placed 270th (22:41.7). Redshirt junior Heather Beichner (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons HS) was 271st (22:41.8).   Story -

NC State also had runners competing Saturday at the Tribe Open, in Williamsburg, VA:
Freshman Deanna Foshee (Cary HS) - 1st (22:41)
Redshirt soph. Halsey Merritt (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) - 2nd (22:42)
Redshirt junior Leah Vaughn (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) - 3rd (22:43)
Redshirt soph. Ryanna Henderson (Jacksonville HS) - 4th (22:52)
Redshirt soph. Allison Hofmann (Charlotte Myers Park HS) - 8th (23:01)
Redshirt soph. Natalie Rich (Nash Central HS) - (23:24)
Freshman Graham Crawford (Burlington Williams HS) - 3rd (25:21)
Freshman Mitch Mallory (Raleigh Wakefield HS) - 7th (25:45)
Source -   More -

(Posted Oct. 6, 2011)
Latest from New Bern HS volunteer coach Nicholas Sparks.
(Previous update from Jan. 2010 - N&O)

(Posted Oct. 5, 2011)
11th Annual NC Track & Field - Cross Country Coaches Association Clinic

Friday, January 6, 2012:   Registration: 4:30 – 9:00; Clinic Sessions: 5:45-9:00;
  Coaches Social: 9:00-11:00 at Drury Inn & Suites, 3220 High Point Road, Greensboro, NC.
Saturday, January 7, 2012:   Registration: 7:30 – 1:00; Clinic Sessions: 8:30-6:00;
  Lunch will be provided.

Clinic Site: Ben L. Smith High School, 2407 S. Holden Rd, Greensboro, NC 27407.

CEU: 1.0 Continuing Education Units

Clinic Fee: $150.00 ($125.00 if pre-registered by December 15, 2011) Make checks payable to N.C. Track Coaches Association. (Registration includes lunch and membership in the NC Track & Cross Country Coaches Association). ($125.00 fee if you are only attending the NCHSAA Rules Interpretation Session on Saturday.)

Clinic Objective: The objective of the clinic is to improve the knowledge of cross-country and track & field with emphasis on training, conditioning and nutrition for ALL college, high school, middle school, AAU and USATF coaches and athletes.
Official’s Certification: If you are seeking National Federation High School Official’s Certification, bring your track & field rule book with you to the clinic.

Mail Registration to: DePaul Mittman, Clinic Director, 6204 Bay Hill Court, Greensboro, NC 27410

Our roster of clinicians is 75% complete at the present time.   New sessions for 2012 are:
1. Training the Female Distance Runner
2. Starter: Techniques and Best Practices
3. Financial Literacy for Coaches: Make Money for You

The most comprehensive track & field/cross country clinic held in USATF Region 3 (Georgia, North Carolina, Potomac Valley, South Carolina, Virginia).

For further info (directions/hotel info and more), visit or email

(Posted Oct. 4, 2011)
A good story on sportsmanship between Greensboro high school runners is in today's Greensboro News & Record.
(Thanks to Coach Bill Welch, Greensboro Day School, for contributing this.)

Several former North Carolina high school stars helped UNC's men to a 3rd place finish Sept. 24 at the Florida Invitational in Gainesville:
5th - Soph. Jake Hurysz (Eastern Alamance HS) 24:54.63 #1
9th - Fr. Scott Morgan (Calvary Baptist Day Sch.) 25:05.02 #3
15th - Fr. Blake Williams (Northern Durham HS) 25:32.90 #6
24th - So. Isaac Presson (Asheville HS) 26:08 #8

Sr. Caroline Kirby (Asheville TC Roberson HS) placed 14th in the women's race, assisting UNC to a 2nd-place finish.
Story, with complete results -
UNC's women are currently ranked #1 in the NCAA Southeast Regional Poll. The men's team is ranked #2. (Story - TarheelBlue)

NC State Sr. Ryan Hill (Hickory HS) was named the ACC's performer of the week after his 2nd place finish at the Roy Griak Invitational at the Univ. of Minnesota 9/24.  Hill's 23:44.1 (8k) led the Wolfpack to an 18-point victory.  NC State's men are ranked #9 in the NCAA National Rankings.   (Source -

Redshirt Jr. Patrick Campbell (Mooresville HS) was NCSU's #5 man at the Griak Inv., placing 35th.  Redshirt Freshman Bryan Spreitzer (Cary Green Hope HS) placed 58th.  Senior Andie Cozzarelli (Apex HS) ran #2 for State's women, placing 40th (21:38.9).  Story on Cozzarelli (   Redshirt Soph. Ryanna Henderson (Jacksonville HS) ran #5, placing 141st (22:57.1). (Source/Complete Results -

NC State Soph. Allison Hofmann (Charlotte Myers Park HS) placed 11th Sept. 30 at the Great American Festival, leading the Wolfpack women's "B" team to a 2nd-place finish.   Soph. Natalie Rich (Nash Central HS) was 13th.  State's men's team did not compete last weekend.  (Story/Results) -

This story has nothing to do with track or cross country, but is one of those interesting high school sports stories you never expect to see.  (I don't foresee this happening in North Carolina least anytime soon.)

(Posted Sept. 20, 2011 ... Contributed by Gene Cherry ... Updated 9/23)
North Stanly's Jenna Huff is to be presented the 2011 Jack Kelly Fair Play Award at this weekend's 2011 U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Assembly at the Antlers Hilton in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Source:  Press release at

The Jack Kelly Fair Play Award was established in 1985 to honor the late U.S. Olympic Committee President John B. (Jack) Kelly Jr. The award is presented to an athlete, coach or official in recognition of an outstanding act of fair play and sportsmanship displayed during the past year.
Notable past recipients: Michele Akers (1999), Lance Armstrong (1998), Jackie Joyner-Kersee (1997)"

"Jenna Huff
In the fall of 2010, then high school sophomore Jenna Huff displayed an extraordinary act of sportsmanship during a regional cross-country meet. After trailing Deb Guthmann - a senior from an opposing school - for the majority of the three-mile race, Huff came around the final turn to see Guthmann faltering. It was obvious that Guthmann was in a great deal of pain and, rather than pass her by, Huff grabbed the stranger's arm, helped her get through the last 50 yards and pushed her one step ahead at the finish line."

"The gesture helped Guthmann's Cuthbertson High School team win the race and advance to the state meet. The selfless act had specta­tors in tears and resonated throughout the local community, where the story was featured on the front page of the Charlotte Observer's sports section. Huff is now a 17-year-old junior at North Stanly High School in New London, N.C., where she is a five-sport athlete."

Previous stories:
A magic touch | Video | 9/23/11 update -
An Act of Sportsmanship -

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Interesting article attempting to explain why some high school student/athletes really take to cross country but seem to have less affinity for track.  Source:

(Posted Sept. 17, 2011 ...Updated 9/19)
Two North Carolina high school athletes had fine performances in the adidas Cross Country Challenge (college meet), Friday 9/16 at the Wake Med Soccer and Cross Country Park in Cary. Wesley Frazier (Ravenscroft School) placed 6th in 17:42.3, competing unattached. Samantha George (Raleigh Millbrook) was 9th in 17:45.1.

Several former NC high school stars also ran well. Andie Cozzarelli (Apex HS/NCSU) won the women's race in 17:12.0, competing unattached. Kenyetta Iyevbele (Charlotte Olympic HS/NCSU) was 7th in 17:43. Ryanna Henderson (Jacksonville HS/NCSU) was 12th in 18:02.9. Freshman Deanna Foshee (Cary HS/NCSU) was 13th in 18:08.9. Freshman Alexa Harvey (TC Roberson/NCSU) was 20th in 18:38.2 running unattached. Olivia Enright (Green Hope HS/NCSU) was 21st in 18:44.2. Allison Hoffmann (Charlotte Myers Park HS/NCSU) was 23rd in 18:48.8. Sheridan Jordan (Cary HS/NC State TC) was 31st in 19:29.4. Erin Foshee (Cary HS/NC State TC) was 33rd in 19:42.3.

In the men's race Greg Dame (Mount Tabor HS/NCSU) won in 14.57.9. 2nd was freshman Bryan Spreitzer (Green Hope HS/NCSU) in 14:58.1. Ryan Hill (Hickory HS/NCSU) was 6th in 14:59.6. Freshman Graham Crawford (Burlington Williams HS/NCSU) was 12th in 15:21.1. John Harwell (Asheville HS/NCSU) was 17th in 15:27.3. Trey Geiger (Raleigh Middle Creek HS/NCSU) was 18th in 15:27.8. Freshman Mitch Mallory (Raleigh Wakefield HS/NCSU was 20th in 15:30.2. Matt Schick (Raleigh Sanderson/NCSU) was 23rd in 15:39.0. David Cason (W Forsyth/Guilford) was 25th in 16:05.8. Dylan Skinner (Orange HS/Guilford) was 38th in 16.47.2.

Results: Men | Women | Photos | Story | NCSU Roster -
Guilford Men's, Women's Roster -

(Posted Sept. 8, 2011)
Cross Country for Youth, a 10-week program for runners ages 9 to 14, is accepting registration through Sept. 12. The Cross Country for Youth program is partnered with Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation. The objective is to introduce elementary and middle school students to cross country training.
Locations/Schedule/Info -
Source:  News item -

(Posted Sept. 4, 2011)
Former Crest HS/Clemson sprinter
Travis Padgett ran the anchor for the U.S. 4x100 that won Heat 1 in a world-leading 37.79 at the World Track & Field Championships in Daegu, South Korea earlier today. The other members of the U.S. 4x100 were Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin, and Maurice Mitchell.

For the final, the U.S. team consisted of Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin, Darvis Patton and Walter Dix, with the result being a DNF after Patton collided with the 3rd leg from Great Britain (who also DNF'd) as they came in for the final exchange. The team from Jamaica (Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Yohan Blake, Usain Bolt) won in a new World Record 37.04.

(Posted Sept. 1, 2011)
Former Raleigh Broughton HS high jumper and wrestler Jesse Williams won the gold medal in the men's high jump today at the World Track & Field Championships in Daegu, South Korea. Williams cleared 2.20, 2.25, 2.29, 2.32 and 2.35 (7-8 1/2) all on his first attempt, in wet conditions. Williams was the only athlete to clear 2.35 on the first attempt, clinching the gold. The bar was raised to 2.37 (7-9 1/4) but both Williams and silver medalist Aleksey Dmitrik of Russia had 3 misses. Williams became the first American to win this event in 20 years.

Photo -   Story -   Story -   Story, Photos - N&O   Broughton High grad wins world high jump title - N&O   Quotes -
T&FN message board HJ thread.

Williams high jumped 7-3 in 2002 while at Raleigh Broughton HS. He was also 5th in the NCHSAA state wrestling championships as a senior.

(Posted August 30, 2011)
Interview with Madison HS/WCU runner Josey Weaver. Weaver was the 2007 State 2-A Cross Country champion.

High School Sports Participation Continues Upward Climb Nationally.

(Posted August 19, 2011)
Former Asheboro HS runner Ryan Vanhoy is an assistant coach with the UNC cross country and track and field programs. Vanhoy was 10th in the 2004 State 3-A Cross Country Meet, and 6th in the 3200 at the 2005 State 3-A Meet.   More on Vanhoy at

Addie Bracy, who ran for Northwest Guilford HS is Volunteer Assistant Coach with UNC. Bracy was 13th in the 2003 State 4-A Cross Country, 2nd in the 1600 at the 2004 State Indoor Meet, and 3rd in the 4-A 1600 outdoors.  More on Bracy (

UNC's men and women's cross country teams have 11 student/athletes on their 2011 roster who ran for North Carolina high schools.  2011 UNC Roster -

(Posted August 17, 2011)
Story on former Charlotte Olympic HS runner Kenyetta Iyevbele - N&O
(Iyevbele improved from 2:14.33 to 2:04.83 in one year ! )

Latest news on former Broughton HS star Jesse Williams -
Also:  High jumper Williams on Daegu: 'I'll be ready' -

(Posted August 16, 2011)
In today's News & Observer:
Parents' misery playbook - Six ways for a parent to ensure they don't enjoy their child's high school sports season.

(Posted August 11, 2011)
Former East Chapel Hill star Carolyn Baskir heads a list of eight Duke freshmen who could have an impact on the Blue Devil cross-country team.  She was 26th in last November's NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, competing for Bowdoin College in Maine.  Baskir in high school ran 4:56.87 for 1600. She placed 2nd in the State 4-A Cross Country meet her junior and senior years, one second behind Laura Hoer in 2009.
Source: Sports briefs -

Former East Mecklenburg HS/Appalachian State runner Greg Hipp in July was named Head Women's Cross Country Coach at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill.  Hipp was Head Cross Country Coach at Missouri State the past 7 years. While at ASU, he was a member of 6 Southern Conference championship teams in cross country and track and field.  Hipp placed 7th in the 1000 (2:41.74) in the 1998 State Indoor (All-Classification) Championships.
Story -

(Posted August 10, 2011)
Former Roxboro Person HS/Appalachian State star Mary Jayne (Harrelson) Reeves has been named Assistant Cross Country and Track Coach at The University of Tennessee. Reeves was previously Assistant Women's Cross Country/Track Coach at The University of Virginia, and prior to that at Virginia Tech. She was 3rd (2:19.77) in the 800 at the 1996 State 4-A meet, and at Appalachian was twice NCAA 1500m champion, six-time All-American, and won 26 conference championships. Reeves still holds the ASU school records in the 800, 1500, and 3000, and is 3rd-best-ever in the 400.

Story -

Team USA has been named for the 2011 World Track and Field Championships to be held August 27 to September 4 in Daegu, South Korea. Two former North Carolina stars are on the team:
High Jump: Jesse Williams (Raleigh Broughton HS/NCSU/So. Cal).
4x100: Travis Padgett (Crest HS/Clemson).

USATF Press Release

(Posted August 8, 2011)
Former Morganton Freedom HS/Appalachian State athlete Robert Johnson (47-8.25, 2nd - State 4-A TJ 1991) has been selected for induction to the Appalachian State University Athletics Hall of Fame.   Story -

Johnson graduated from Appalachian State in 1996, and was a two-time triple jump All-American (1995, ’96), NCAA high jump qualifier (1996) and school high jump record holder (7-1 3/4). He was '96 Southern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year. Johnson later competed in the Triple Jump in the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Trials, and coached at Appalachian State and UCLA before going to Oregon.

He was named 2011 National Women's Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

A February 2011 story and a March 2011 story on Johnson. (Source:

Follow-up story on induction (10/7) -

(Posted August 4, 2011)
Update on former Mount Tabor sprint star (10.46 +1.2 2008, 21.15 +1.5 2009) Hunter Furr. -

Clavette thwarts shopping mall theft -

(Posted August 3, 2011)
Recent performances in International competition by former NC athletes:

200 (section 2): 1st, 20.91 +0.1 Antonio Sales (East Chapel Hill HS/South Carolina) 7/24, Hampton Games, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.

1500: 6th, 3:41.45 Jack Bolas (Chapel Hill HS/Wisconsin) 7/27, Joensuu, Finland.

HJ: 2nd, 7-7.25 Jesse Williams (Raleigh Broughton HS/NCSU/So. Cal), 7/29, DN Galan, Stockholm, Sweden.
(1st, Ivan Uhkov, Russia 7-8).

Source: eTrack Newsletter (8/2), Track & Field News

(Posted July 27, 2011)
Update on former Asheville HS star Isaac Presson - Citizen-Times

(Posted July 20, 2011)
New coaches at Reynolds HS - Winston-Salem Journal

Story about former N. Forsyth star Bobby Mack. - Winston-Salem Journal

(Posted July 19, 2011)
Frazier not expected to run for Ravens [scroll down] (7/19) - N&O

(Posted July 18, 2011)
Recent performances in Europe by former NC athletes:
100: 1st Travis Padgett (Crest HS/Clemson) 10.13 +0.3 7/13, Naimette-Xhovemont, Belgium.
1500: 8th Jack Bolas (Chapel Hill HS/Wisconsin) 3:42.13 7/13, Nuoro, Italy.
Source: eTrack Newsletter (7/17), Track & Field News

(Posted July 11, 2011)
National High School Track and Field Rule Changes for 2011-2012 -

(Posted July 6, 2011)
NC State coach to hold cross country camp -

(Posted June 27, 2011)
Former Broughton HS star Jesse Williams cleared 7-9 1/4 to claim the meet record and field record Eugene's Hayward Field Saturday at the US National Championships. It was a personal best by Williams and the highest jump by an American in 15 years.
Results -   Story - Eugene Register-Guard   Photo, Story -

UNC freshman Jake Hurysz, who ran at Eastern Alamance HS placed 3rd in the 5000 at the Junior National Championships, held concurrently with the Senior Championships. Hurysz's time, 14:14.84 is a personal best.

Other UNC athletes who performed well at the meet included:
Freshman Tristine Johnson (Durham Jordan HS) 4th in the Junior TJ (40-5 1/2).
Freshman Isaac Presson (Asheville HS) 6th in the Junior 1500 (3:50.85).
Senior LaToya James (Burlington Cummings HS) 7th in the Senior 400H (57.05).
Volunteer assistant cross country coach Addie Bracy (Northwest Guilford HS) 15th in the Senior 10,000 (33:13.75).
Source -
Update -

(Posted June 23, 2011)
Veteran coach Rex Mitchell retires at Surry Central.
Story -   Story -

(Posted June 22, 2011)
UNC Asheville Cross Country & Track and Field head coach Jesse Norman has announced the signing of six student-athletes to national letters-of-intent for the 2011-12 academic year.   Story -
An old photo of the coach.

Two Raleigh athletes are currently the fastest in the U.S. for 2011 in two events:
200 - Sean McLean (Word of God Academy) 20.62 -0.4
5000 - Wesley Frazier (Ravenscroft School) 16:24.83

Joshus McClam (Holly Springs) is the outdoor leader in the LJ (25-0.5 +2.0), but Marquis Dendy (Middletown, DE) had a 25-9.5 indoors.
These stats are from the June 20th issue of eTrack Newsletter by Track & Field News.
2011 U.S. High School Leaders: Boys | Girls.

(Posted June 21, 2011)
Story on former Broughton HS star Jesse Williams - Eugene Register-Guard

Profile on NC A&T's new head coach -

(Posted June 11, 2011)
Former North Forsyth HS/NC State runner Bobby Mack, won the US Men's 8K Championship Saturday in Carmel, Indiana. His time was 23:05.  Article -   Results -

Performances by former NC high schoolers in the NCAA Championships:
(Saturday Results):
4x100 Final: 2nd - Texas A&M, 42.93 Gabby Mayo (Southeast Raleigh HS/Texas A&M) - Leadoff leg
110H Final: 6th - Wayne Davis II (Southeast Raleigh HS/Texas A&M) 13.60 +3.6
4x400: 6th - UNC 3:31.47 Latoya James (Burlington Cummings HS/UNC)
5000: 19th - Ryan Hill (Hickory HS/NC State) 14:09.42
Recap -

(Friday Results):
800: 7th - Kenyetta Iyevbele (Charlotte Olympic/NC State) 2:05.74
PV: 9th - Joanna Wright (Winston-Salem RJ Reynolds HS/Georgia Tech) 13-5.25
4x400 prelims: 15th - Western Carolina, 3:07.97 Aaron Tribble (Highland Technology); Brandon Hairston (Winston-Salem Carver HS) Drew Tucker (West Stokes HS) 46.62 split; Benny Davis (Morganton Freedom HS)
TJ: 20th - Tristine Johnson (Durham Jordan HS/UNC) 40-9 +0.4

Story -  Story -

(Posted June 10, 2011)
Performances by former NC high schoolers in the NCAA Championships:
(Wed./Thurs. Results):
4x100 prelims: 2nd - Gabby Mayo (Southeast Raleigh HS/Texas A&M) 42.99
800 prelims: 8th - Kenyetta Iyevbele (Charlotte Olympic HS/NC State) 2:04.63 School Record
110H prelims: 8th - Wayne Davis II (Southeast Raleigh HS/Texas A&M) 13.54 +0.9
110H prelims: 10th - Spencer Adams (Matthews Butler HS/Clemson) 13.62 +0.9; 11th 4x100 prelims, 39.50
400 prelims: 10th - Aiesha Goggins (Durham Riverside HS)/East Carolina) 52.75
4x100 prelims: 10th - Vashti Bandy (Matthews Butler HS/South Carolina) and Gabrielle Glenn (Charlotte Providence HS/South Carolina) 43.72.
4x100 prelims: 11th - La'Mont Jackson (Winston-Salem RJ Reynolds HS/Clemson) 39.50
10,000: 13th - Andie Cozzarelli (Apex HS/NC State) 35:22.69
400H prelims: 13th - LaToya James (Cummings HS/UNC) 56.95
200 prelims: 13th - Antonio Sales (East Chapel Hill HS/South Carolina) 20.92; 11th in 4x100 prelims, 39.50
100 prelims: 17th - T.J. Graham (Raleigh Wakefield HS/NC State) 10.49 -1.1
DT: 18th - Jake Deaton (Mooresville HS/UNC-Charlotte) 174-1
HT: 21st - Malcolm Styers (Newton Fred T Foard HS/Appalachian) 196-6
400 prelims: 22nd - Darius Law (Southeast Raleigh HS/UNC-Charlotte) 46.27
4x100 prelims: DQ - NC A&T - Zone 2 violation. 3rd Leg: Jarrell Elliott (Winston-Salem Parkland HS/NC A&T)

Results: Women | Men -   Story -   Twitter Feed - T&FN

(Posted June 9, 2011)
Franklin HS senior Ashleigh Culpepper (11-7) has committed to the University of Mississippi track program.
Story -

Former Jacksonville White Oak HS athlete and State 3-A champion, Ryan Oakes cleared 16-8 in the pole vault this spring. He is a junior at Sam Houston State in Texas.

This is not really about track and field, but somewhat interesting:
Top-35 High School Stadiums in NC -
Anybody interested in creating a list of top high school track & field facilities in NC?

(Posted June 8, 2011)
Cross country and track fans have been watching Alana Hadley - an 8th grader in Charlotte who ran a 17:06.16 track 5000m April 17th. As a frame of reference, the top two 5000 times recorded by high school girls this spring have been 16:50.75 (Megan Lacy, Cherokee, Marlton, NJ) and 16:51.71 (Jessie Petersen, Carlmont, Belmont, CA). (2011 Indoor/Out. List)  She has also run a track 10,000m in 36:14, and a 1:21.15 Half-Marathon (U.S. Age 14 Record). Hadley was expected to run cross country this fall as a 9th grader at Ardrey Kell HS. But she has made the decision to compete independently and not run with her school team.
More on her decision at

(Posted June 7, 2011)
Matus Kriska (Mt. Airy HS) won the Boys Mile Saturday (6/4) at the Music City Distance Carnival, setting a PR of 4:14.91.

Former New Bern HS star Karjuan Williams won the Men's 800, setting a new meet record of 1:47.10. Former Havelock HS & ECU runner Ricardo Bell ran a 1:54.87, placing 7th in the "C" race.

Former Charlotte Myers Park HS runner Julia Lucas competed in the same meet, setting a PR in the Mile of 4:35.69 in placing 2nd. The time makes her the U.S. Leader for the event (outdoors) for 2011 according to Track & Field News. Addie Bracy, who ran at Northwest Guilford HS and UNC, placed 2nd in the 5000, setting a PR of 16:06.39. Lewis Woodard, who ran at Providence Day and William & Mary, ran a PR for the Mile of 4:05.70, placing 9th.

Results.   Meet Website.

Interview with former Southeast Raleigh HS sprinter Darius Law. Law will compete for UNC-Charlotte in the 400 at the upcoming NCAA Championships. -

(Posted June 6, 2011)
Former Chapel Hill runner Kent Pecora is the 2011 NCAA Division III steeplechase champion.
Story -   Story -

(Posted June 4, 2011)
Another update on former Crest HS sprinter Manteo Mitchell -   IAAF news

Former North Mecklenburg HS star Stephen Haas performed as a rabbit (photo) in the 2-Mile at the 37th Annual Prefontaine Classic Saturday in Eugene, OR where Lukas Verzbicas broke the National High School Record by almost 5 seconds with a 8:29.46. The old record was 8:34.40 by German Fernandez in 2008. Updated All-Time List.
DyeStat coverage/photos.   More on the Pre Classic.

Former Broughton HS star Jesse Williams placed 3rd in the high jump at the Pre Classic.   Results.  Photo.

Former Knightdale HS hurdler Ronnie Ash was 8th (13.49 +1.8) in the 110mHH.  Complete Results - T&FN

Former Crest HS sprinter Travis Padgett ran a 10.00 Saturday, placing 4th in a meet in Clermont, Florida. Padgett ran a 9.99 (+2.0) 5/21 at the NTC Classic, also in Clermont.  Story -

(Posted June 2, 2011)
Update on former Crest HS & WCU sprinter Manteo Mitchell -

Former Topsail HS athlete April London ran on St. Augustine's 4x400 relay which placed 3rd (3:43.42) May 28th at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships at California State Stanislaus.  Story -

Former Scotland County HS athlete Ashlyn Chavis won the 100 (11.84), LJ (20-3) and ran on Methodist University's winning (46.16) 4x100 relay at the recent NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships in Delaware, Ohio. Freshman Erica Powell, who ran at Lumberton HS ran on the 4x100 in the prelims.   Story -

Northwest Guilford's Chris Eley signs with Furman (5/31) -
Southeast Guilford athletes to sign with UNC-Pembroke (5/31) - News-Record

(Posted June 1, 2011)
Among former North Carolina high school athletes who have qualified for the NCAA Championships June 8-11 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa are:
Latoya James (Burlington Cummings HS/UNC) 400H 56.95, 4x400 3:33.22.
Tristine Johnson (Durham Jordan HS/UNC) TJ 42-3.5.
Ryan Hill (Hickory HS/NCSU) 5000 14:06.99.
T.J. Graham (Raleigh Wakefield HS/NCSU) 100 10.43 -0.4.
Andie Cozzarelli (Apex HS/NCSU) 10,000 33:51.89.
Kenyetta Iyevbele (Charlotte Olympic HS/NCSU) 800 2:05.87.
Antonio Sales (East Chapel Hill HS/South Carolina) 200 21.08 +0.1, 4x100 39.54.
Vashti Bandy (Matthews Butler HS/South Carolina) 4x100 44.31, 4x400 3:36.72.
Gabrielle Glenn (Charlotte Providence HS/South Carolina) 4x100 44.31.
Sanura Eley-O'Reilly (Fayetteville Jack Britt HS/South Carolina) 4x400 3:36.72.
Radiance Basden (Western Guilford HS/South Carolina) 4x400 3:36.72.
Spencer Adams (Matthews Butler HS/Clemson) 110H 13.55 +1.7.
La'Mont Jackson (Winston-Salem RJ Reynolds HS/Clemson) 4x400 3:05.73.
Ebony Scott (Southeast Raleigh HS/Virginia Tech) 4x100 44.74.
Zakiya Tyson (Durham Jordan HS/Virginia Tech) 4x100 44.74.
Joanna Wright (Winston-Salem RJ Reynolds HS/Georgia Tech) PV 12-7.5.
Wayne Davis II (Southeast Raleigh HS/Texas A&M) 110H 13.58.
Gabby Mayo (Southeast Raleigh HS/Texas A&M) 100H 13.29, 4x100 43.60.
Malcolm Styers (Newton Fred T Foard HS/Appalachian) HT 201-8.
Aiesha Goggins (Durham Riverside HS)/East Carolina) 400 52.61, 4x400 3:35.75.
Jarrell Elliott (Winston-Salem Parkland HS/NC A&T) 4x100 40.04.
Aaron Tribble (Gastonia Highland School of Technology/Western Carolina) 4x400 3:06.25 (46.74 split).
Brandon Hairston (Winston-Salem Carver HS/Western Carolina) 4x400 3:06.25 (46.52 split).
Benny Davis (Morganton Freedom HS/Western Carolina) 4x400 3:06.25 (46.17 split).
Drew Tucker (West Stokes HS/Western Carolina 4x400 3:06.25 (46.58 split).
Darius Law (Southeast Raleigh HS/UNC-Charlotte) 400 46.33.
Jake Deaton (Mooresville HS/UNC-Charlotte) SP 60-0.5, DT 180-6.
Stories: UNC | NCSU | Duke | South Carolina | Clemson | Virginia Tech | Georgia Tech | Texas A&M | Appalachian | NC A&T | East Carolina | Western Carolina | UNC-Charlotte

(Posted May 29, 2011)
Bryson Love, who runs for the Carolina Elite ran a 48.67 and 10.87 FAT in the Durham Strider Developmental Meet Held Saturday (5/28) at the Durham County Stadium. (Complete Results). He came through 300 meters in 35.7. Love is in the 8th grade and will be a 9th grader at Wake Forest-Rolesville HS for the 2011-2012 school year.

I am looking for someone who might have DVD of the 1987 High School State Track Meet Held in Chapel Hill at UNC. If you know anyone or would you please get the information out to help me find a copy DVD copy of that meet it will be greatly appreciated.

Thanking you in advance
Earl Chestnut Assistant Coach under Coach Russell E.Blunt in 1987

Former Southeast Raleigh HS athletes Wayne Davis II and Gabby Mayo qualified for the NCAA Championships with excellent performances for Texas A&M at the West Regional in Eugene, Oregon.  Davis recorded a career best of 13.58 for the 110 hurdles. Mayo ran a 13.29 in the 100 hurdles and also qualified with A&M's 4x100 (43.60).   Story -

(Posted May 25, 2011)
Former Crest HS athlete Travis Padgett (10.46 in high school) ran a 9.99 (+2.0) Saturday at the NTC Classic in Clermont, Florida. Padgett placed 2nd behind Jamaican Steve Mullings, who ran a world-leading 9.89.
BBC story.  JamaicaObserver story.

(Posted May 24, 2011)
Whitney Thornburg to Harvard -

Among athletes from North Carolina entered in this week's 35th Annual Golden South Classic (5/27-28) in Orlando, FL, are:
Harvey McSwain II (100, 200), Eric Winfrey (100, 200), Blake Williams (Mile), Matus Kriska (Mile), Chelsea Treadway (800, Mile).

Marvin Ridge athletes sign with colleges -

(Posted May 20, 2011)
Ariah Graham (Raleigh Wakefield HS) and Samantha George (Raleigh Millbrook HS) have been selected to compete in the Caribbean Scholastic Invitational June 3rd and 4th.  -

Charlotte Latin's Ally Finical has signed with Miami. -

(Posted May 19, 2011)
Visitors to NCPrepTrack may want to vote in DyeStat's "Performance of the Week" poll. Clayton High's Keni Harrison's 41.41/13.69 double in Saturday's State 4-A championships is on list. The 41.41 is the fastest in the U.S. so far for 2011.

Her 41.41 on a wet track took a huge .59 seconds off the All-Time Best 300H ever run by a North Carolina girl -- the legendary 42.00 NCHSAA All-Classification Record set back in 1986 by Greensboro Dudley's Pam Doggett. That state record lasted 25 years. Harrison, Doggett, and Brenda Taylor (Watauga, 1997) are the only NC hurdlers in history to run under 43 seconds for the 300m Hurdles.

East Burke graduate and Duke freshman Tanner Anderson set a new personal record of 7-4.25 Sunday at the IC4A/ECAC Championships at Princeton University. Anderson is now 5th in the current NCAA rankings.
Story -  Photo, more -

The NCHSAA State Outdoor Track & Field Championships will continue to be held at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro through 2014.
Press Release (

(Posted May 17, 2011)
Story on St. Augustine's new track - N&O

On the Recruiting Front: Track stars: Foshee, Christensen, Walton, Briggs, Mulebya - N&O

Several former North Carolina high school athletes performed well Saturday (5/14) at the Kent Taylor Carolina Relays at UNC:
1500 - Ryan Hill, NC State (Hickory HS) - 3:40.80 - 1st.
1500 - Isaac Presson, UNC (Asheville HS) - 3:45.67 - 7th.
1500 - Jacob Hurysz, UNC (Eastern Alamance HS) - 3:45.97 - 8th.
1500 - Greg Dame, NC State (Mount Tabor HS) - 3:46.46 - 9th.
1500 - Patrick Campbell, NC State (Mooresville HS) - 3:51.86 - 15th.
TJ - Austin Davis, UNC (Northern Durham HS) - 51-7 - 1st.
LJ - Jacinda Evans, UNC (Southern Durham HS) - 19-8.75. - 1st.
TJ - Tristine Johnson, UNC (Durham Jordan HS) - 41-2.25 - 1st.
TJ - Chrishawn Williams, UNC (Southeast Raleigh HS) - 39-4 - 4th. Also 2nd in LJ - 19-2.5.
HJ - Patience Coleman, UNC (Southern Durham HS) - 5-10.75.

Former New Bern star Karjuan Williams ran a 1:47.17 May 14 to place 2nd at a meet in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Former Clayton HS star Johnny Dutch, currently competing unattached, won the 400H (49.03) May 12 in an international meet in Daegu, South Korea.

(Posted May 12, 2011)
Charlotte Latin's Finical signs with Miami - South Charlotte Prep Sports

Hawks, Titans unite on club track team -

(Posted May 10, 2011)
Students, parents sound off about cutting athletics (5/9) -

(Posted May 9, 2011)
Former Crest HS athlete Travis Padgett won the 100 in 10.11 Saturday at the Bob Pollock Invitational at Clemson. Story/Interview.

Former Matthews Butler star Spencer Adams won the 110HH in 13.93. Clemson freshman La'Mont Jackson, who competed for Winston-Salem RJ Reynolds HS, won the 400 in 47.80.

Full Meet Results/Photos -

At Saturday's Dick Taylor Relays at UNC, former Northern Durham HS star Austin Davis recorded a season-best in the TJ of 51-11 3/4. Also on is an interview with former Burlington Cummings HS star Latoya James.  Full results.  Photos.

Saturday, the Atlantic 10 Conference Championships were held in Charlotte. Darius Law won the 200 (20.73w) and the 400 (46.14) and ran a leg on the winning 4x400 (3:11.48) for UNCC.  Results.  Photos -

(Posted May 8, 2011)
Story on former Weddington HS athlete Brittany McCain. - N&O

(Posted May 7, 2011)
Story on former Southeast Raleigh sprinter Darius Law. - N&O

(Posted May 6, 2011)
East Burke student/athlete embarks on an ambitious senior project:   Hoffman helps E Burke HS compile girls track records (5/5) -

State 55m champion Romar Morris (Salisbury HS) was named NCHSAA male athlete of the year. Morris won both the 100 and 200 as a sophomore and junior at the State 2-A meet. He set 2-A State records of 10.54 (+1.0) and 21.47 (+1.0) at the 2010 meet. Morris will attend the University of North Carolina next year on a football scholarship.
Press Release -   Story | Photos | Column -

Middle School Track:  Table Rock MS boys win 6th straight Foothills Athletic Conference | Heritage MS girls stroll to FAC crown (5/2) -

(Posted May 5, 2011)
Andy Wacker of Colorado (former Pinecrest HS athlete) ran 13:41 (5000m) at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational (section 2).

East Bladen senior Courtney Melvin has been named NCHSAA female athlete of the year. Melvin stars in volleyball, girls basketball and track and field. She has qualified for the regionals in the shot put.  Story -

NCHSAA sticking to 4 classes (5/5) -
Forsyth County Middle School Championship (5/4) - NCrunners
Blue Ridge Middle School Meet (5/3) - NCrunners

(Posted May 4, 2011)
The News & Observer is reporting (tweeting) a few interesting news items from today's annual NCHSAA meetings in Chapel Hill:
First day of practice for Fall Sports will be July 30th this year.
A proposal for 10 days of spring football practice was voted down in committee.
Cross Country attendance reached an all-time high at the state championship.
It appears that the NCHSAA will remain with four classifications, and NOT change to 3 or 5.

Former Chapel Hill HS runner Kent Pecora, now a senior at Dickinson College, had an excellent weekend at the Centennial Conference meet.   Story -

Texas A&M's Wayne Davis II (Southeast Raleigh HS) was 4th at the Penn Relays in 13.80. A&M's Gabby Mayo (Southeast Raleigh HS) ran on the winning Shuttle Hurdle Relay and was 8th in the 100H final. South Carolina's Antonio Sales (E Chapel Hill HS) ran a 47.22 split at the Penn Relays, and also ran the 4x100 and 4x200.  Source.

Former Hickory HS runner Ryan Hill, currently a junior at NC State, ran a personal best of 13:31.67 in the 5000m last weekend at the Cardinal Invitational at Stanford University. The time is also a school record.

Other NCSU runners competing who ran for NC high schools: junior Andie Cozzarelli (from Apex HS) won the 3rd section of the women's 5000 in 16:36.96. Sophomore Patrick Campbell (Mooresville HS) ran a 14:29.32. Junior Greg Dame (Mount Tabor HS) ran a 3:47.44 1500.

Recap -

This is not scholastic-related, but a youth club event held this past weekend in Charlotte:
Bring the Heat Invitational (4/30) - NCrunners | Results - CoachO

(Posted May 2, 2011)
The cross country scheduling meeting for coaches in the Charlotte area (mostly for CMS but several other counties and schools attend - Union, Cabarrus, Gaston, Charlotte Cath. etc) will be on MONDAY, MAY 9 at Providence HS in room 215 at 6:30 pm (same room as usual) - bring meet information.

Tarboro's Kearra Brinson has been named one of the recipients of the sixth annual Clary Medal and scholarship. Press release -

Guilford County Middle School Championships (4/30) -

(Posted April 29, 2011)
This is not North Carolina news (it's Louisiana) but it's one of the coolest videos I've seen lately . . . Morgann LeLeux setting a National High School Record (14-2.75) in the Girls Pole Vault.   Video (:50).
Story -   More -

(Posted April 27, 2011)
Former East Rowan HS softball star is now a college javelin thrower.   Story -

The inaugural Guilford County Middle School Track and Field Championship will be held Saturday at High Point Central HS.  Story - Greensboro News-Record

(Posted April 26, 2011)
The NCHSAA is presenting North Stanly HS cross country runner Jenna Huff the North Carolina Spirit of Sport Award. (NCHSAA press release)

Swain County HS cross country runner Holly Monteith has been named one of the winners of the second annual Charles Adams Endowed Scholarships. (NCHSAA press release)

Davidson Day track and field coach Tim Weir is stepping down.
Story -

For non-subscribers, Track & Field News is offering its April 2011 issue online free of charge.

Transylvania County to consider cutting some sports - Citizen-Times
Consideration is being given to eliminating high school non-revenue sports.
Budget May Mean Cutting Sports Programs -

(Posted April 25, 2011)
Former Gastonia Forestview HS star Stormy Kendrick, now at Clemson, was named the track MVP at the ACC championships, getting wins in the 100, 200, and 4x100.  More - Durham Herald-Sun.

UNC senior LaToya James, who starred at Burlington Cummings HS, won the ACC 400-meter hurdles in 55.83, crushing her own school record of 56.63. The time is the fastest by an American (college or pro) for 2011. James also ran on UNC's winning 4x400 (3:34.42).  Recap at

Also at the ACC meet, NCState junior Ryan Hill, who ran for Hickory HS, won his 2nd consecutive title in the 10,000 meters.  More at

Former North Henderson track standout Felisha Garren, now at WCU, was named the most valuable performer of the Southern Conference track championships on Saturday.   Story - Asheville

(Posted April 22, 2011)
Former West Henderson track standout Lindsey Pate broke Charlotte's school record for the javelin for the second time last week.   Story -

(Posted April 20, 2011)
Former Morganton Freedom HS athlete Robert Johnson (47-8.25, 2nd - State 4-A TJ 1991) was recently named National Women's Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).  Story -

Johnson graduated from Appalachian State in 1996, and was a two-time triple jump All-American (1995, '96), NCAA high jump qualifier (1996) and school high jump record holder (7-1 3/4). He was '96 Southern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year. Johnson later competed in the Triple Jump in the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Trials, and coached at Appalachian State and UCLA before going to Oregon.

A February 2011 story and a March 2011 story on Johnson. (Source:

(Posted April 19, 2011)
Alton Tyre, head men's and women's indoor and outdoor track coach at Southeast Guilford HS has been selected as one of the eight 2011 "Coaches who make a difference" by the NCHSAA.

Current UNC freshman and former Asheville HS star Isaac Presson preps for ACC title shot -

Middle School results from S. Caldwell (4/18) - NCrunners

Erwin HS seeks girls cross country coach -

Two controversial bills in the N.C. General Assembly could open up interscholastic competition to high school students not enrolled in public schools. Story -

(Posted April 17, 2011)
Pine Forest HS in Fayetteville sustained significant damage to its athletic facilities Saturday afternoon from a tornado. Pine Forest will be closed Monday, as well as Ben Martin Elementary School, which had part of its roof ripped off. Other Cumberland Co. schools will open on a two-hour delay. Pine Forest athletic events for Monday were cancelled or postponed.

Pine Forest sports fields heavily damaged by storm -
2 Cumberland schools closed, others delayed Monday -
1 dead, 85 hurt by Fayetteville tornado -

Bill would let home-schooled students play for public school teams - Sunday's Raleigh News & Observer.

(Posted April 15, 2011)
From Coach Scott M. Harding, Polk County,  Subject: Polk County Throws Clinic.
Due to a rescheduling of ASU's meet this weekend, April Smith will not be able to conduct her clinic on Sunday, April 17. She will have the clinic at Polk County High on May 1. All of the information on the previous flier is correct. Just change the date to May 1.

Other news items:
Financial issues dominate meeting of NC athletic directors - Wilmington Star-News

More from the meeting - Star-News

(Posted April 12, 2011)
Former RJ Reynolds HS vaulter Joanna Wright, now at Georgia Tech, set an all-time personal best of 14-1¾ (4.31m) last weekend in Tallahassee at the Seminole Invitational. It was the 2nd school record Wright has set in two weekends and currently ranks her 3rd in the country.  Story -

At the same meet, former Charlotte Harding star Kamorean Hayes, now at Florida State, won the DT (151-7) and placed 2nd in the SP (49-0.25). FSU Freshman Miles Sparks, who competed for New Bern HS, ran 55.53 for the 400H, placing 9th.   Recap -

At the Duke Invitational, former New Bern HS star Karjuan Williams, now competing for HPC Elite won the 800 in 1:48.03. Duke junior Sophia Treakle, who competed for Asheville HS, placed 4th in the 400H (1:01.82). He time is the 4th fastest ever by a Duke athlete.   Results -

Former East Chapel Hill HS star Antonio Sales, currently a senior at South Carolina, placed 2nd in the 100 (10.45) and 200 (20.81) at the Spec Towns Invitational in Athens, Georgia. Former Charlotte Providence athlete Gabrielle Glenn placed 4th in the 100 (11.64) with former Matthews Butler sprinter Vashti Bandy 5th in a personal best 11.75. Bandy, a freshman, ran another personal best (23.97) placing 4th in the 200.

Former South Central sprinter Kelsey McCorkle placed 3rd (23.73) in the 200. South Carolina freshman Sanura Eley-O'Reilly placed 2nd in the 400 (55.20). Former Western Guilford athlete Radiance Basden was 2nd in the 400H (1:00.26). Former Clayton HS star Johnny Dutch, currently competing unattached, won the 400H in 50.34.

Recap -   Results

(Posted April 7, 2011)
2003 Huntersville Hopewell HS grad Eric Frasure is now a world-record holder.   Story -
2010 Story -   2010 GMHG results
Frasure was 2003 NCHSAA State 4-A Outdoor Shot Put Champion (55-6).

(Posted April 6, 2011)
Former Asheville HS star Isaac Presson wins UNC honor - Asheville Citizen-Times

2008 North Henderson High grad Felisha Garren, now a junior at Western Carolina University, set two season bests times Saturday at the Tiger Track Classic at Auburn University in Alabama.
Story -   Wrap-up -

(Posted April 1, 2011)
Middle School Track:  Speed takes precedence on opening day (3/28) -

(Posted March 31, 2011)
Scott Morgan (Calvary Baptist) was not the only North Carolina high schooler who competed agaist college competition at the recent Raleigh Relays. (Scott was 12th in the 5000, running the 3rd best time - 14:38.68 - so far in the US for 2011).

NCPrepTrack overlooked Carl Marant of Raleigh Sanderson HS who competed as a club athlete in the Triple Jump, placing 8th with a jump of 45-11.75 (-0.9).  Marant was 2011 NCHSAA Winter Track State 4-A Champion in the TJ (46-10) and placed 3rd in the LJ (22-2.25). He recently signed to compete for N.C State.

(Posted March 30, 2011)
Watauga's Sydney Cook to sign with ASU -

(Posted March 28, 2011)
Cougars jumper to join Tar Heels - Asheville

Bills would open athletics to home, private schools - Fayetteville Observer
Discussion -   Column - Jacksonville Daily News   Article - Greensboro News-Record

(Posted March 25, 2011)
Butler HS Senior Nick Sansotta, has signed with Appalachian State. Sansotta was 2011 NC 4-A Winter Track Shot Put Champion with a throw of 53-09.
Source - The Charlotte Observer

Swain County senior Chelsea Treadway (2:19.56) has signed with the Samford track program.
Story - Asheville Citizen-Times

(Posted March 24, 2011)
Bills Target Home-School Athletes - Asheville Citizen-Times

(Posted March 23, 2011)
Home-schooled Athletes Coming to NCHSAA? (3/23) - Citizen-Times
"Two bills which have been introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly which could have some very damaging effects on the North Carolina High School Athletic Association and high school athletics in our state."

(Posted March 22, 2011)
Aleshia Reese (Madison HS) has signed with Western Carolina University.   Story - Asheville Citizen-Times
Several North Carolina high school athletes are mentioned in this article on ESPN/RISE about contenders for the US team for the 2011 World Youth Championships in France in July.
Cornell Freshman John Schilkowski (Morganton Patton HS) had the US's 15th fastest 1000m time for the 2011 indoor season, 2:34.35 January 15th in a meet at Penn State. Last weekend Schilkowski ran a 1:51.84 800 to place second in an outdoor meet at UC-Irvine. (Source: Track & Field News's eTrack Newsletter.

Other former NC high school athletes in the top 20 on this national list:
Jesse Williams - Nike (Raleigh Broughton HS) 1st - High Jump 7-8
Karjuan Williams - adidas (New Bern HS) 5th - 600m 1:17.46
Alphonso Jordan - unattached (Huntersville Hopewell) =7th - Triple Jump 54-4.5.
Joanna Wright - Georgia Tech (Winston-Salem RJ Reynolds) =9th - Pole Vault 14-1.25
Ronnie Ash - unattached (Knightdale HS) 14th - 60m Hurdles 7.66
Stormy Kendrick - Clemson (Gastonia Forestview HS) 14th - 60m 7.22; 17th - 200m 23.29
Gabby Mayo - Texas A&M (Southeast Raleigh HS) 16th - 60m Hurdles 8.09
Patience Coleman - UNC (Southern Durham HS) =16th - High Jump 5-11.5
Ryan Hill - NC State (Hickory HS) 19th - 3000m 8:03.57

Expanded US Lists:  Men | Women -

(Posted March 14, 2011 ... Updated March 21)
Former Southeast Raleigh HS athlete Wayne Davis II earned All-American status with an 8th place finish in the 60m Hurdles at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.   Story on   All-American List -

Former Hickory HS runner Ryan Hill, an NC State Sophomore, placed 9th in the 3000 (8:06.17).

NC State Junior T.J. Graham (Wakefield HS) finished 11th in the 60.

Duke Senior Amy Fryt (Charles B. Aycock HS) placed 12th in the vault (13-1.5).

Georgia Tech Senior Joanna Wright (Winston-Salem RJ Reynolds) finished 9th (13-5.25) in the NCAA championship in the vault. Story. Her PR is 14-1.25.

Results -

(Posted March 9, 2011)
2010 East Burke graduate Tanner Anderson qualified Saturday for the NCAA Indoor Championships, clearing 7-2 1/2 at a last chance meet at Virginia Tech. The performance also set a new Duke school record for the high jump.
Story - Morganton News-Herald.

(Posted March 7, 2011)
Former Concord Robinson athlete Erin Tucker set an new East Carolina school record 2/27 in the 60 hurdles at the Conference USA indoor championships. Her time was 8.66. She won the outdoor 3-A state in the 100 hurdles in 2010, setting a Meet Record of 14.54.

(Posted March 2, 2011)
Former East Forsyth runner Dylan Ferris placed 4th in the mile (4:03.37) at the Mountain Pacific Conference Meet Saturday in Seattle. Ferris, currently a Junior at Stanford, ran 1:49.27 and 4:08.1y (4:06.7 converted) while at East Forsyth in 2007.

(Posted March 1, 2011)
Former Hopewell HS star Alphonso Jordan placed 2nd in the Triple Jump (54-4.5) at the USA Indoor T&F Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico last weekend.  Jordan won the TJ at the 2006 NCHSAA 4-A Outdoor Championships.

In the same meet, Jesse Williams (who high jumped 7-3 in 2002 while at Raleigh Broughton HS) won the HJ, clearing 7-5.75 on his second attempt.

Former North Carolina high school athletes won events this past weekend at the ACC Indoor Championships in Blacksburg, Virginia:
NC State soph Ryan Hill (Hickory HS) - 3000 (8:03.57),  DMR (3:57.39 anchor).
NC State junior Greg Dame (Mount Tabor HS) - DMR.
NC State junior Miles Walker (Charlotte Providence HS) - DMR, plus 2nd in 4x400 (47.95 split).
UNC senior Patience Coleman (Southern Durham HS) - HJ (5-11.5).
Clemson soph Stormy Kendrick (Gastonia Forestview HS) - 60 (7.28), 4x400 (3:37.26), plus 2nd in 200 (23.29).

2nd, 3rd placers:
NC State soph TJ Graham (Raleigh Wakefield HS) - 2nd in 60 (6.62), 200 (20.79), and 4x400 (47.53 split).
NC State soph Benjamin Major (Fayetteville EE Smith) - 2nd in 4x400.
Clemson soph Spencer Adams (Matthews Butler HS) - 3rd in 60H (7.94).
UNC senior Latoya James (Burlington Cummings HS) - 3rd in 60H (8.29)

Meet Recap -
More coverage:
TJ Graham story | Friday coverage | Final story -
Friday coverage | Clemson women win 2nd straight championship -

(Posted February 26, 2011)
Story on 2010 Asheville HS grad Isaac Presson - Asheville Citizen-Times

(Posted February 24, 2011)
2010 State 4-A Discus champion (172-0) Courtland Clavette of A.C. Reynolds HS has committed to play college football for Brown.   Story - Asheville

Clavette's best throw of 179-3 (#13 best NC high school all-time) occurred at the 2010 USATF Jr. Olympics Nationals last July 31st.

(Posted February 22, 2011)
Earlier this evening I received an email update from the NSSF on the New Balance Indoor Nationals (March 11-13 at The Armory in New York City.)

It contained this item that caught my eye:

"Assistance for Kentucky Athletes: The Kentucky Milesplit website reports that travel grants are available through the Kentucky Track and Cross Country Coaches Association for any Kentucky high school athlete who chooses to compete at the New Balance Nationals. This is strictly a reimbursement based on the athlete supplying receipts showing their costs of staying overnight, eating, and traveling to the meet. For details please read the article here."

I'm not sure that anything like this has ever been available for NC high school athletes. But it's one of those "What if ...?" questions. The KTCCCA is obviously different from our NCTCCCA, but wouldn't it be nice if some donors pledged funding or fundraisers helped to provide assistance to qualifying student/athletes from our state?

A few months ago I was thinking one of our major "needs" was a quality indoor track facility in NC that would be an alternative to UNC's. (But quality facilities cost in the multi-millions and are really built to be indoor practice facilities/ recruiting-tools for college football programs for inclement weather.)

I'm now thinking this kind of assistance program like Kentucky has is one that we should think about attempting to implement here. (I'm certainly not in any financial situation currently to be able to help out) ... but I encourage others to discuss and consider possibly setting up and finding funding to assist North Carolina kids who could benefit from such help.

(Posted February 22, 2011)
Gastonia Forestview's Tatyana Brewton signs with UNC Wilmington - Gaston Gazette

(Posted February 22, 2011)
2010 Asheville HS grad Isaac Presson placed 4th in the Mile Saturday at the Virginia Tech Challenge. His time of 4:03.81 was the fastest Mile by a freshman in UNC history.   Results -

2010 East Burke grad Tanner Anderson, a freshman at Duke won the High Jump at 7-0.5.

The ACC Indoor Championships will be held Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 24-26, in Blacksburg, Virginia.

(Posted February 22, 2011)
Several former North Carolina high school athletes had winning performances for UNC-Charlotte at the Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships in Newport, RI.
Senior Darius Law (Southeast Raleigh HS) won the 200 (21.76) and 400 (47.73). Law also anchored the winning 4x400 and was named Men's MVP.
Junior Sam Jordan (Wilmington Laney HS) won the 55 (6.34 PR).
Senior Dakota Lowery (W Johnston HS) won the Mile (4:14.54).
Senior Chalonda Silver (Rocky Mount HS) won the 55 (7.09).
Sophomore Ciera Ginyard (N Gaston HS) won the 200 (24.90).
Teaming with Laws on the championship 4x400 (3:17.42) were Handy Dawes (Nash Central HS) and Devonte Guyon (Fayetteville Grays Creek HS).
More at

(Posted February 21, 2011)
This story isn't a track story, but I thought it was neat and wanted to share it with NCPrepTrack visitors.

Spirit of Sportsmanship Alive and Well in North Carolina (2/19) -

(Posted February 20, 2011)
Story on a good summer track club (The Charlotte Flights):
Charlotte-area youth track-and-field program celebrates 20th anniversary -

(Posted February 14, 2011)
Swain County's Chelsea Treadway has committed to Samford -

2011 Cumberland Co. Middle Schools Track Schedule -

(Posted February 10, 2011)
New Bern's Miles Sparks signs letter of intent with Florida State - Story -

State champion Eric Winfrey signs letter of intent with South Carolina - Story -

(Posted February 7, 2011)
UNC freshmen Isaac Presson and Jacob Hurysz had excellent performances Saturday at the GaREAT Collegiate Invitational in Ohio. Presson was 4th in the Mile in 4:05.36 (#3 in ACC). His second half was run in 1:57. Hurysz placed 7th in the 3000 with a No. 1 ACC time of 8:01.97. Hurysz became the 5th-fastest TarHeel ever at 3000 indoors.
Story on

Runners with North Carolina connections ran well Saturday at the USATF Junior XC Nationals in San Diego.
Overview -
Coverage - ESPN/RISE   Coverage - Milesplit
Photos -

(Posted February 4, 2011)
Burlington Cummings' Sherice Walker signs with NC A&T -

(Posted February 3, 2011)
College Signings:
-- Charlotte area -
-- Greensboro area News & Record
-- Wilmington area -
-- Asheville area -
-- Hendersonville story -
-- E Henderson's Jessie Russell commits to UNC-Wilmington -
-- ESPN/RISE list
-- NCrunners list | Photos

(Posted February 2, 2011)
Charlotte's Jarrett Samuels has been named to team of U.S. junior athletes will compete in the 2011 Germany-Japan-USA Trilateral Friendly Indoor Meet on Saturday, February 5 in Osaka, Japan. (Press Release -

Samuels (who also goes by Leon) has a Long Jump best of 24-11 (+0.5), performed at the 2010 Russell Blunt Invitational in Durham 7/25. Samuels formerly competed for Vance HS and now attends Evelyn Mack Academy in Charlotte.

Qualifiers from a Polar Bear Meet Tuesday 2/1 at Swansboro (scroll down) - Jacksonville Daily News

(Posted February 1, 2011)
Former North Mecklenburg star Stephen Haas won the 2-Mile Saturday night at the 104th Annual Millrose Games in Madison Square Garden in New York City. Haas ran 8:48.61 on the Garden's tightly-banked 11-lap-to-the-mile (146 meters) track. Second was Harbert Okuti of Uganda in 8:57.99. Haas Photo.

Former New Bern star Karjuan Williams placed 2nd in the 600-yard run in 1:12.23.   More Millrose Games info.

Former Southeast Raleigh sprinter Gabby Mayo, now a senior at Texas A&M, received an award Monday evening in Philadelphia. Story on

(Posted January 31, 2011)
Longtime Burlington Cummings coach Donnie Davis Sr. was inducted Saturday night into the school's Hall of Fame. Davis has been involved with 19 state championship teams at Cummings in indoor and outdoor track and field.
Story - Burlington Times-News

An Interview with Northwest Guilford runner Taylor Rhodes - Greensboro News & Record

Former East Forsyth runner Dylan Ferris, now at Stanford U., ran a 1:50.47 leg to help Stanford's Distance Medley to a 9:29.22 win at the Razorback Inv. at Arkansas Saturday. The time is the fastest in the nation this season. It is the fastest time any collegiate DMR team has ever run in the month of January.   Story -

Update on former Asheville HS runner Isaac Presson and former W Henderson runner Alex Cremer -

Update on former Crest HS star Manteo Mitchell -

(Posted January 27, 2011)
Update on former Polk County HS star John Spencer Wolfe -

(Posted January 25, 2011)
Incoming weather postpones big WNC Polar Bear meet.
Story -

4-A discus champ Courtland Clavette weighs ACC, Ivy League options.
Story, photo -

(Posted January 24, 2011)
Former Gastonia Forestview HS star Stormy Kendrick, now running for Clemson University, currently has the 2nd fastest time in the world this year in the 60m Dash.  Kendrick sped to a 7.22 Friday at the Hokie Invitaional in Blacksburg, VA.  The 5-3 sophomore won at the IAAF World Junior Championships in the 200m and 4x100 in 2010. The fastest 60 in the world this year is 7.14 by Ukranian Olesya Povh.

Sources: Clemson Track & Field, T&FN eTrack Newsletter and

(Posted January 11, 2011)
'Out front' strategy pays off as Durham 10-year-old runs to national title - News & Observer

(Posted January 4, 2011)
CHHS annual 5K Alumni Run -

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