2017 Misc. News

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(Posted Dec. 22, 2017)
North Henderson's Cole Borlee has earned a four-year scholarship to attend the University of Pennsylvania.

North Student Earns Full Ivy League Scholarship -

(Posted Dec. 19, 2017)
Cameron Ponder broke Winston-Salem Mount Tabor's School Record in the 1000-meters last night at the Spartan Classic at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem. Ponder ran 2:31.22, taking .04 off Kenny Kneisel's best, set at the 2016 State 4A Indoor Meet.  Matt Debole ran a 2:31.55 while at Mt Tabor back in 2001, giving the Spartans three runners that have broken 3:32.

(Posted Dec. 12, 2017)
Former Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons HS/Virginia Tech distance star Sarah Rapp placed 13th at the USATF Club Cross Country Championships in Lexington, Kentucky Saturday (12/9). Her time for the 6K course was 20:17. The winning time was 19:40.0. Rapp ran unattached.

(Posted Dec. 10, 2017)
An article on former Charlotte Providence Day School and current USC hurdler/ sprinter Anna Cockrell:

Getting To Know Anna Cockrell -

(Posted Nov. 27, 2017)
British middle-distance runner Bobby Clay is struggling with osteoporosis but wants her experience to act as a lesson for fellow young athletes:

Bobby Clay's Osteoporosis Nightmare -

(Posted Nov. 10, 2017)
Former Cary Green Hope HS star Elly Henes earned All-American honors Saturday at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in Louisville, KY.

Two other former NC high school stars, Rachel Koon and Ryen Frazier ran in NC State's top 5, helping them to an 8th-place finish.

Pack Women Claim 3rd-Straight Top-10 Finish At Nationals -

Complete Results: Men & Women -

(Posted Nov. 10, 2017)
The following contains good running safety tips, especially for beginners:

Running safety tips, running benefits, resources, etc

(Posted Oct. 27, 2017)
Track & Field and XC Bulletin for Oct 27, 2017 -

(Posted Oct. 25, 2017)
The Eastern High School Challenge will not be contested this indoor season, but will return in 2019.

Durham Striders' Eastern HS Challenge Cancelled for 2018 - NCrunners

(Posted Oct. 23, 2017)
USTFCCCA Convention Speed Symposiums -

(Posted Oct. 19, 2017)
Fall '17 Cedric Walker Development Grants awarded to 17 schools and clubs -

Project Javelin thrives with Coach Kimmo at ESU Fall Clinic -

(Posted Oct. 18, 2017)
Greensboro council OKs $200K to support national track event at A&T -

(Posted Oct. 16, 2017)
Good performances last weekend in Wisconsin for some former NC high school runners now at NC State:

Pack Women 3rd at Nuttycombe Invitational; Men Upset 8 Ranked teams -

Sophomore Elly Henes (Cary Green Hope HS) 22nd (NCSU #2) 20:15.8 PR for 6K.
Redshirt junior Rachel Koon (Asheville T.C. Roberson HS) 41st (NCSU #4) 20:34.1.
Junior Ryen Frazier (Raleigh Ravenscroft School) 59th (NCSU #5) 20:52.6.
Senior Bianca Bishop (Charlotte Providence HS) 21:06.1 (missed PR by < 1 sec.)

Redshirt sophomore Tanis Baldwin (East Henderson HS) (NCSU #2) 24:37.6 PR for 8K.
Redshirt junior Patrick Sheehan (Lake Norman HS (NCSU #4) 24:52.4

"B" Race:
Freshman Isabel Zimmerman (Winston-Salem Reagan HS) 27th, 21:43.8 (first collegiate 6K)
NCSU XC/TF Staff Member Luis Vargas (Harnett Central HS) ran unattached and won the men's "B" race, 23:41.2.

(Posted Oct. 12, 2017)
The Story You Can't Miss This Morning About An Inspiring Indiana Runner - MileSplit

(Posted Oct. 9, 2017)
North Carolina Discus State Record Holder Veronica Fraley Commits to Clemson - NCrunners

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NCHSAA announces 2017 Fall Scholar-Athlete Essay Contest Winners -

(Posted Oct. 8, 2017)
A Case of High School Football Down, Cross Country Up -

(Posted Oct. 7, 2017)
Recovering track coach Britten Olinger returns to Montreat College -

(Posted Oct. 6, 2017)
Mallard Creek All-American Hurdler Akira Rhodes Commits to Tennessee -

(Posted Oct. 4, 2017)
I recall seeing a digital wristwatch for the first time in 1977. (A really hot item at the time!) Back during my high school days in the 1960s, we had inferior training and racing shoes by today's standards, no wind gauges at track meets, nor FAT timing. NC had only three all-weather tracks ...and they were 440-yards instead of 400-meters. And one indoor track ...176 yards.  And no Internet.

I owned a stopwatch, similar to my coach's watches, not digital, that had a 30-second sweep hand capable of recording one time -- to 1/10 of a second. Useful for intervals and speedwork.

We ran our distance workouts using wristwatches with hour, minute, and 60-second sweep hands. I recall waiting for that sweep second hand to reach "12" before our distance group began running 9.0 and 10.0 mile courses from Reynolds HS that either Coach or I had measured, using a car's odometer. (No start/stop buttons on that wristwatch. We had to remember the exact time-of-day that we took off!)

I had a grandfather, born in 1891, who never wore a wristwatch. He was "old school".   ...Always wore a pocket watch.

I love following the progress of technology.   Here's the latest in technology that high school cross country runners are now using here in 2017:

Smart watch technology catching on in high school cross country -

Additional note: The above DyeStat story was written by Marlowe Hereford, whose father, Ed, ran at East Carolina University, later coached at Raleigh Sanderson HS, and was a good friend of mine.

(Posted Sept. 19, 2017)
Former North Carolina Stars Shine Friday at adidas XC Challenge - NCrunners

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NSAF partner Sanford Sports Science Institute debuts "Ask an Expert" for you -

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High Point Andrews announces 13-member Hall of Fame Class -

(Posted Sept. 18, 2017)
Former East Henderson runner places 5th -

Meet Recap: adidas XC Challenge -

(Posted Sept. 17, 2017)
Charlie Adams, longtime leader of NC high school sports, passes away -

Charlie Adams Passes Away at Age 81 -

Remembering Charlie Adams: NCHSAA Staff share their thoughts -

Remembering Charlie Adams: Partner Organizations share their thoughts -

Remembering Charlie Adams' legacy on NC high school sports - N&O

Update: A memorial service has been scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 at University Baptist Church in Chapel Hill, NC, followed by a reception in the Great Hall.

Charlie Adams Obituary/Service Arrangements -

(Posted Sept. 11, 2017)
Results - 5th Avenue Mile -

Results - 5th Avenue Mile -

Simpson, Willis Lead Fast Day on 5th Avenue -

Veterans Simpson, Willis Win Again on 5th Avenue - DyeStat

(Posted Sept. 8, 2017)
Craig Engels (Pfafftown Reagan HS/NC State/U. of Mississippi), Ryan Hill (Hickory HS/NC State) and Graham Crawford (Burlington Williams HS/NC State) are scheduled to compete Sunday in the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile:

Free Broadcasts -

Entries -

Simpson, Coburn Excited to End Season on Fifth Avenue -

21 Things On Kyle Merber's Mind During 5th-Av Mile -

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One of the more unusual tracks I've ever seen...

New London Office Building Has Rooftop Track -

(Posted Sept. 7, 2017)
O'Hare, Lipari Kick to Victory at HOKA ONE ONE Long Island Mile - DyeStat

Complete Results -

Emotional crowd honors spirit of David Torrence - DyeStat

(Posted Sept. 6, 2017)
Two former North Carolina high school athletes will compete tonight in the HOKA ONE ONE Long Island Mile in Huntington Station, NY:

- Craig Engels (Pfafftown Reagan HS/NC State/U. of Mississippi)

- Graham Crawford (Burlington Williams HS/NC State)

Elite Women's Race 9:00 pm; Elite Men at 9:15 pm.

Olympians Lead the Way at the HOKA ONE ONE Long Island Mile - DyeStat

Hoka One One Long Island Mile to Honor Memory of Defending Champ -

Live Webcast: HOKA ONE ONE Long Island Mile - DyeStat

Meet Website

(Posted Sept. 2, 2017)
One former North Carolina high school athlete appears on this list:

NCAA Div. I Preseason Top-30 Women - DyeStat

Men's Top-30 - DyeStat

(Posted Sept. 1, 2017)
Track & Field athletes who continue to compete on a national or world-class level after college nowadays often have an agent. Here's an interesting story of how a former NC State teammate of Ryan Hill worked during college to eventually become a member of the four-person team at Flynn Sports Management.

Sonnenfeldt follows passions to become track agent -

(Posted Aug. 31, 2017)
Several former North Carolina high school stars appear in the following article:

Women's XC Sits Atop ACC Preseason Poll; Men Voted 3rd -

"The NC State women's cross country team has been selected to repeat its ACC title in 2017 in a vote of the league's head coaches, the conference office announced Wednesday morning. On the men's side, the Wolfpack was voted third in the preseason poll."

"The women's team returns all five of its scorers from the 2016 ACC Championship squad. Redshirt-junior Rachel Koon (Asheville T.C. Roberson HS) led the way last year as she placed fourth individually, while returning letterwinners Wesley Frazier (Raleigh Ravenscroft School) (10th), Alyssa Rudawsky (11th), Elly Henes (Cary Green Hope HS) (12th) and Ryen Frazier (Raleigh Ravenscroft School) (14th) also scored for NC State at the conference meet. Earlier this week, the Pack was selected as the No. 6 team in the country in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Preseason National Rankings."

Also mentioned in the article are:
Patrick Sheehan (Lake Norman HS) and Philip Hall (South View HS).

The USTFCCCA Preseason National Coaches Poll was released Tuesday, and State's women are 6th and the men's team was voted 28th.

Men, Women Featured in USTFCCCA Preseason National Poll -

Preseason NCAA Div. I Polls: Men | Women -

(Posted Aug. 26, 2017)
A 16-year-old runs 5K in 13:35 ?! ...on the track!

Video - MileSplit

Jakob Ingebrigtsen Shows Great Range Setting 800 and 5000-Meter Personal Bests on Consecutive Days - DyeStat

More info about this guy.

(Posted Aug. 20, 2017)
News item on former Pfafftown Reagan HS/University of Mississippi runner Craig Engels:

Craig Engels, Hannah Fields Win Falmouth Mile -

(Posted Aug. 15, 2017)
Turf fields, tracks come in $200,000 over budget -

(Posted Aug. 13, 2017)
Quanera Hayes (Gray's Creek HS/Livingstone College) has won a gold medal in the Women's 4x400 at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London. Hayes led off with a 50.60 giving US 2nd-leg runner Allyson Felix a sizeable lead at the first exchange. Felix turned in a split of 48.60. The US finished in a world-leading time for 2017, 3:19.02 with Great Britain winning the silver medal at 3:25.00.

Results -

Recap: Women's 4x400 Final -

Women's 4x400 takes gold with record margin of victory (5.98 secs) -

Video -

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Former Clayton HS/University of Kentucky hurdler Keni Harrison's thoughts after her 4th-place finish at the IAAF World Championships in London:

Harrison not disappointed with performance -

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This news item is a week old (Aug. 7) but is a good update on former Pfafftown Reagan HS /University of Mississippi runner Craig Engels:

Track's Fastest Mullet Is Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow -

(Posted Aug. 12, 2017)
Results for former North Carolina high school stars competing at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London:

Keni Harrison (Clayton HS/Clemson/Kentucky) 4th in the 100 Hurdles, 12.74.

Ryan Hill (Hickory HS/NC State) did not start the Men's 5000 Final.

Ryan Hill Withdraws from Men's 5000-Meter Final - DyeStat

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Fans of the Women's Steeplechase should enjoy these:

Emma Coburn, Courtney Frerichs Shock the World with 1-2 Steeple Finish -

Emma Coburn celebrates her historic steeplechase world title -

Not Fake News: US Women Go 1-2 in Steeple -

You Likely Missed One of the Best Races in History -

Bizarre Moment Causes Chaos in Steeple -

Amazing Stat: The US has won more steeplechase medals in London than Kenya (!) -

(Posted Aug. 11, 2017)
Update on Keni Harrison (Clayton HS/Clemson/Kentucky) at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London:

Report: Women's 100m hurdles semifinals -

Harrison hits hurdle; Is Last to Advance to Final -

Kendra Harrison impresses in hurdles qualifying -

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An article published 8/10 on Quanera Hayes (Gray's Creek HS/Livingstone College) who competed in the 400 at the World Championships in London:

From DII To World Team: The Improbable Rise Of Quanera Hayes & Drew Windle -

Miller-Uibo, Felix Advance to Final -

Results: Women's 400m Semis | Women's 400m Heats -

(Posted Aug. 9, 2017)
Ryan Hill Advances to Third-Straight IAAF Men's 5K Final -

Wolfpack Legend Ryan Hill to Compete at IAAF World Championships -

Bio -

Hill, a 2008 Hickory HS grad, won 3 NCHSAA 3-A cross country titles, 3 at 3200 and one at 1600. He won the 2006 Foot Locker South Regional (14:46 at McAlpine) as a junior and placed 2nd (14:56) the following year. Hill placed 11th at the Foot Locker Nationals his senior year.

(Posted Aug. 4, 2017)
Logan Walters, from Waxhaw placed 3rd in the Boys 11-Yr-Old 400g Turbo JT at the National AAU Junior Olympics in Ypsilanti, MI with a throw of 104-5.


Walters had an almost 15' improvement from the regional meet. He's been voluntarily coached by former Victory Christian thrower Marcus Abraham (62-0.5/ 174-2/ 174-2), who will be transferring to the University of Cincinnati this fall.

(Posted Aug. 3, 2017)
Anna Cockrell (Charlotte Providence Day School/Southern Cal.) appears in the following:

Several Future American Stars Set Long-Term Goals for 2028 Olympics In Los Angeles - DyeStat

(Posted Aug. 2, 2017)
Applications now open for NSAF's Cedric Walker, Tony Wells development grants -

The application process has begun for the NSAF's two annual grants to be awarded in 2017-18, the Cedric Walker Development Grant and the Tony Wells Team/Club Development Grant. These grants are awarded annually - the Cedric Walker typically in late September and the Tony Wells typically in early February.

These grants are for teams and clubs, designed to help them purchase equipment, improve facilities, meet the needs of their student-athletes, enable coaches' education, and much more. They are not available for travel to NSAF events. Usually between 12 and 18 awards are given each cycle with an average amount of $700, and may be used for any reasonable purpose pertaining to the recipient's track and field program.

(Posted July 19, 2017)
Former NC high school athletes Craig Engels (Pfafftown Reagan HS/University of Mississippi), Graham Crawford (Burlington Williams HS/NC State), Kenyetta Iyevbele (Charlotte Olympic HS/NC State), and Sarah Rapp (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons/Virginia Tech) are among the entries for the 2017 Sir Walter Miler Friday night August 4th in Raleigh.

Olympians, National Record Holder highlight Men's field for 2017 Sir Walter Miler

Deepest Women's field yet announced for 2017 Sir Walter Miler

(Posted July 18, 2017)
Ever seen a 5-foot-7 seventeen-year-old high jumper clear 7-4?

Watch this -

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... and this 15-year-old Ukrainian girl cleared 1.92m/6-3.5:

Precocious newcomer Yaroslava Mahuchikh aims to progress one step at a time -

(Posted July 15, 2017)
Three former NC high school athletes will be on the US team competing at the Pan Am Junior Championships in Trujillo, Peru July 21 - 23:

Cravont Charleston Charlotte Mallard Creek HS 4x100

Dylan Peebles Raleigh Wakefield HS 200m

Gabriele Cunningham Charlotte Mallard Creek HS 200m

All three currently compete for NC State.

Team USATF set to compete at 2017 Pan American Junior Championships - DyeStat

Pack Quartet Headed to South America -

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Fans of the Triple Jump likely noticed an astonishing performance yesterday at the 2017 IAAF World U18 (under age-18) Championships in Nairobi, Kenya.

Cuba's Jordan Diaz went 17.30m (56-9.25). (!) It made him the 7th-best triple jumper in the world this year - for any age. The US High School Record by comparison is 16.72/54-10.25 by Kenny Hall, Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 2004.

The US, Great Britain, Canada and a few other countries did not send teams this year due to security concerns.

Records fall on action-packed third evening - IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017 -

(Posted July 14, 2017)
Recruiting Do's And Don'ts - MileSplit

(Posted July 12, 2017)
Important Dates for the Recruiting Season - MileSplit

(Posted July 8, 2017)
Guilford County Schools moving forward with athletics participation fee for 2017-18 -

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The N&O 2016-17 High School Players of the Year, by sport - N&O

A complete list of N&O players of the year from 2000-2017, in all sports - N&O

(Posted July 7, 2017)
Several former NC high school runners participated in Thursday's running of "The Bear" - a 5-mile race from Linville, NC to the top of Grandfather Mountain.

First-timers grab victories at The Bear -

Blowing Rock man sets new course record for "The Bear" -

Results - | Photos | Course Info

(Posted July 5, 2017)
Former Charlotte Central HS/UNC distance star Jim Beatty appears on yesterday's DyeStat Tuesday Tip:

Jim Beatty - Have a Running Hero

Interesting for me to watch since Beatty was one of my heroes when I first started running a lot and became more and more interested in track & field and cross country as an adolescent during the 1960s ... along with Peter Snell, Billy Mills, Roger Bannister, and Ron Clarke.

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Latest news on Keni Harrison (Clayton HS/Clemson/Kentucky):

Keni Harrison Runs World Lead 100m Hurdles in Hungary - DyeStat

Harrison Clocks World-Leading 12.28 in Szekesfehervar -

Results | Complete Results

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As most of us know, doing whatever we can during qualifying/prelims to earn the best lane(s) for a final may be important. Here's an interesting compilation of stats for curve-affected events. (Not thorough scientific analysis/research, but still interesting.)

World Records By Lane -

(Posted July 4, 2017)
Update: Elon runner Molly Offstein continues recovery -

(Posted June 30, 2017)
What does a 75-foot shot put look like on a basketball court? - DyeStat

Ryan Crouser launches big 6th round throw to win USATF Shot Put - DyeStat

(Posted June 29, 2017)
Danny Williamson to coach Lenoir-Rhyne track -

LR Names Legendary Mentor Danny Williamson XC/Track & Field Coach -

(Posted June 19, 2017)
WNC camps, clinics and tryouts -  (scroll down to "RUNNING/TRACK & FIELD")

(Posted June 14, 2017)
A new story on former Pfafftown Reagan HS star Craig Engels:

Who Was That College Runner With the Magnificent Mullet? -

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Here's the latest new innovation for the sport of track & field -- to be in Berlin's Olympic Stadium for a big international meet August 27th:

A stage to bring athletes and fans closer together

The stadium, site of the 1936 Olympics, will host the 2018 European Championships.

(Posted June 13, 2017)
Three Things Athletes Must Understand Going Into The Recruiting Process - MileSplit

(Posted June 12, 2017)
Former Morganton Freedom HS athlete Robert Johnson who competed for Appalachian State and later served as an assistant coach there for 6 years, had a very good weekend at the NCAA Div. I Outdoor Track and Field Championships:

Triple Crown of Titles for UO Women! -

Note: Oregon Head Coach Johnson was 2nd in the 1991 NCHSAA 4A Triple Jump - 47-8.25.

(Posted June 7, 2017)
Anna Cockrell (Charlotte Providence Day School/Southern Cal.) appears in the following:

10 Freshmen Who Could Have A Significant Impact At The NCAA D1 Outdoor Championships - DyeStat

(Posted June 5, 2017)
This story isn't about a former North Carolina high school runner but it is a good story about how a freshman at a smaller NC college program went from 1:55 to 1:47.92 in one year.

UNC-Asheville's Harding 'over the moon' about NCAAs -

UNCA's coach, Jesse Norman, was 1996 and 1997 NCHSAA 3A State Cross Country champion. He also won three 3A titles in outdoor track.

(Posted June 3, 2017)
Pisgah's Alexis Guerrero, Colbie Williamson sign -

(Posted June 1, 2017)
This season's finest: Anna Cockrell running in championship form, again -

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Division I track a dream come true for Callie Rhea -

(Posted May 25, 2017)
North Buncombe senior Callie Rhea has committed to run college track for Gardner-Webb. -

West Henderson's Melena Robinson and Gracie Tate sign with WCU - Citizen-Times

(Posted May 19, 2017)
Former Bearcat Grant Rivers earns ACC honor, NCSU graduate honor -

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TCR graduate Dasha Arnault Southern Conf. Outstanding Women's Track Performer -

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Keni Harrison Back to Hurdling After Surgery - DyeStat

(Posted May 6, 2017)
Latest news on Keni Harrison (Clayton HS/Clemson/Kentucky):

Hurdler Harrison breaks hand, still wins at Doha -

Complete Doha Diamond League Results -

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NCHSAA approves new conference names for 2017-21 -

New high school conference names finalized for realignment -

New NCHSAA student transfer policy should spark discussion -

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Pine Forest's Sean Thomas signs with Mount Olive -

(Posted May 1, 2017)
NC State freshman Elly Henes (Cary Green Hope HS) ran a personal best 3000 of 9:24.93 to place 2nd (out of 43) at the Penn Relays. Her time was the 2nd-best college 3000 in the US last week.

Pack Finishes Day 1 at Historic Penn Relays -

Day 2 Recap -

Wolfpack: Final Day -

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Latest news on Keni Harrison (Clayton HS/Clemson/Kentucky):

Hurdle stars steal the show in Des Moines - DyeStat

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Kokayi Cobb to Charlotte -

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Murphy's Ethan Murray signs -

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Pisgah's Whitted juggles softball, track - Citizen-Times

(Posted Apr. 27, 2017)
5K for Coach Britten in Black Mountain tonight -

(Posted Apr. 25, 2017)
Quanera Hayes (Gray's Creek HS/Livingstone College) ran a 50.73 split to help the US 4x400 team win their qualifying heat (3:29.27) Saturday at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas.

In Sunday's final, Hayes ran the 3rd leg in 50.66 to put the US women out of reach and on to a nearly 4-second win in 3:24.36.

Women's 4x400 Report -

Women's 4x400 Overview -

USA wins Golden Baton -

Saturday recap -

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Also at the IAAF World Relays, Burkheart Ellis (Knightdale HS 2011/St. Augustine's) anchored Barbados' 4x100 which placed 2nd (39.18) behind the US team (38.43).

Source: Track and Field News' eTrack Newsletter, Vol. 16, No. 23 - April 24, 2017

2017 IAAF World Relays Winners:
        Women's   Men's
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4x100:  Germany   USA
4x200:  Jamaica   Canada
4x400:  USA       USA
4x800:  USA       USA
4x400:       Bahamas

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At the Ellis Invitational in Princeton, New Jersey last weekend Kenyetta Iyevbele (Charlotte Olympic HS/NC State) placed 2nd in the 800 in 2:03.12.

Source: Track and Field News' eTrack Newsletter, Vol. 16, No. 23 - April 24, 2017

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A new story on Keni Harrison (Clayton HS/Clemson/Kentucky):

World Record Motivates Kendra Harrison To Do Even More -

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Some interesting points are made is this article:

Should Colorado high school track and field offer javelin? -

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Rivalry Trophies in College Track -

(Posted Apr. 24, 2017)
Today's Charlotte Observer has a story on West Mecklenburg's Khafre and Dyami Brown.

Dyami placed 6th in the 2016 NCHSAA 4A Outdoor Championships 200 (22.02 +1.1) and led off their 6th-place 4x100 (42.89).

Khafre was 2nd in the 200 (21.56 -0.1), ran 10.68q +0.4 in the 100 prelims and 10.69 +1.4 to place 4th in the final. Not bad for a 9th grader.

Later, Khafre won the EE 100 at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor meet (10.57w +2.2) and was 2nd in the EE 200 (21.32 +0.1).

At the USATF National Jr. Olympics in Sacramento he ran 21.33 -1.7 in the 15-16 200 Semis, and 21.61 -2.1 to win the Final.

West Meck brother share talents that have college recruiters drooling -

Earlier story (April 23, 2016):
West Meck freshman Khafre Brown excels -

Follow-up story on Dyami -

(Posted Apr. 23, 2017)
More charges in crash that paralyzed Montreat coach -

(Posted Apr. 17, 2017)
College Track for North Buncombe's Blake Matthews? -

Roll Tide? Run Tide for Brevard's Witherspoon -

Montreat Coach Looks to Future After Devastating Crash -

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Mississippi senior Mary Alex England (Cary Green Hope HS) set a school record and personal best in the 5000 (16:12.19) Friday at the Mt. SAC Invitational in California.

Also at the Mt. SAC Invitational freshman Anna Cockrell (Charlotte Providence Day School/Southern Cal) won the Open 100H in 13.22 -1.0. She also placed 6th in the 400H in 56.81.

University of Mississippi senior Craig Engels (Pfafftown Reagan HS) placed 2nd in the 1500 Friday at the Brian Clay Invitational in Azusa, CA. His time, 3:37.75 ranks him #2 nationally behind winner Josh Kerr of New Mexico (and Great Britain). Engels' time was just .09 seconds off his personal best and school record from last summer's U.S. Olympic Trials.

3rd in the same race was 5000-meter-specialist Ryan Hill (Hickory HS/NC State/Nike) with a 3:37.95.

At the same meet, Ole Miss sophomore Maddie McHugh (Huntersville Hough HS) ran an outdoor 800 personal best of 2:05.23, placing 4th.

Three Ole Miss Records Fall in California -

Kerr, Lobos Shine at Brian Clay Invitational -

Complete Results: Mt. SAC Relays

Complete Results: Brian Clay Invitational

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Keni Harrison (Clayton HS/Clemson/Kentucky) won the 200 (22.85w +2.5) at the Texas Invitational in Austin. She also won the 100H in 12.54w +2.3, fastest time by an American this year. Jacklyn Howell (Southeast Raleigh HS/Kentucky) was 4th in 13.20w.

Sha'Keela Saunders (Fayetteville E.E. Smith HS/Kentucky) won the Long Jump with a 21-6.75w.

UK Gets top Performances Aplenty -

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Gabriele Cunningham (Charlotte Mallard Creek/NC State) won the 100 at the Gamecock Invitational in Columbia, SC in 11.50 +1.7. Alexis Perry (Durham Jordan HS/NC State) was 4th in the 100H in 13.20 +1.2. Spencer Adams (Matthews Butler HS/Clemson/Basics) placed 2nd in the 110H (13.71 -0.8).

NC State Concludes Weekend -

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Tevin Hester (Granville Central HS/Clemson) won the 2nd Section of the 100 (10.06w +3.2) at the Pure Athletics Invitational in Clermont, Florida Saturday.

Source: Track & Field News' eTrack Newsletter, Vol. 16, No. 21 - April 17, 2017

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Burkheart Ellis Jr (Knightdale HS 2011/St. Augustine's) placed 7th in the 100 at the Aggie Invitational in Greensboro, with a wind-assisted 10.26 +3.5.

Ronnie Ash (Knightdale HS/Bethune-Cookman) was 2nd in the 110H in 13.83 +0.5.

Belcher runs Fastest Time in The Nation -

(Posted Apr. 14, 2017)
Texas Tech sophomore Vincent Crisp (North Mecklenburg HS) ran an 800 PR of 1:47.66 at the Sun Angel Classic 4/8 in Tempe, Arizona, placing 6th. Crisp's best 800 in high school was 1:50.71 - 10th best in NC prep history. He ranks 2nd on the all-time indoor 1000-meter list (2:28.32), and also ran a 1:05.65 500m in high school.

Sophomore Andrew Hudson notches new 200-meter dash school record -

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Tavis Bailey (Kannapolis A.L. Brown HS/Tennessee/Nike) placed 2nd last weekend in the Discus at the Tennessee Relays in Knoxville with a throw of 191-6/58.38.

Final Day Wrapup: Tennessee Relays -

Results: Tennessee Relays -

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Trentavis Friday (Cherryville HS/Florida State/Nike) won the 2nd-Section of the 200m 4/8 (20.80 -2.7) at the Grenada Invitational in St. Georges, Grenada.

LaShawn Merritt won the fast section in 20.42 (-1.0).

Source: Track & Field News' eTrack Newsletter, Vol. 16, No. 20 - April 10, 2017

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Southern Cal freshman Anna Cockrell (Charlotte Providence Day School) placed 2nd in the 400H 4/8 at the Battle on the Bayou in Baton Rouge, LA. Norwegian teammate Amalie Iuel won in 55.38 and Cockrell ran 55.51 to move into fourth on USC's all-time list and set the school freshman record. Iuel and Cockrell's times are also the NCAA leaders entering action this weekend, with Cockrell being the American College Leader.

In the 100H Cockrell had a season-best time of 13.18 (+0.3) to place third in the 100m hurdles and move to ninth on USC's all-time list.

Cockrell has NC's fastest high school times ever at 400H (55.20), 300H (40.42), and 100H (13.17 +0.7). She also ran a 54.22 400m, 23.42 (+1.6) 200m, and 11.63 (NWI) 100m.

USC Wins 10 Events At The Battle On The Bayou -

(Posted Apr. 13, 2017)
Eddie Wyatt, cross country and track coach at East Gaston HS for 32 years, is being inducted into the Mount Holly Sports Hall of Fame.   Also being inducted is East Gaston sprinter James Ford.

2017 Mount Holly Sports Hall of Fame induction class -

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Quanera Hayes (Gray's Creek HS/Livingstone College) has been named to the US Women's 4x400 team for the IAAF World Relays (April 22-3).

Strong Team USA Squad with Olympic Experience for IAAF World Relays - DyeStat

Twelve Olympic medallists on US team for IAAF/BTC World Relays -

21 Olympians, 12 Rio medalists highlight 2017 Team USA roster for IAAF World Relays -

Here's an article published 4/12 on Hayes:

For Quanera Hayes, The Best Is Yet To Come - DyeStat

Hayes ran a World Leading 50.04 Saturday at the Hurricane Invitational in Coral Gables:

Quanera Hayes runs 50.04 WL for 400 -

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Also published 4/12 is a Runner's World story on Olympic runner Blake Russell (Forsyth Country Day ('93)/UNC):

High Schoolers help Blake Russell Train for Boston

(Posted Apr. 11, 2017)
Work begins on new McDowell rubberized track -

(Posted Apr. 10, 2017)
15 North Carolina boys have run the 3200 in under nine minutes. Four of them are from Mount Tabor HS in Winston-Salem. Here is the school's current all-time top-5 list:

Matt DeBole     8:50.16 2003 Arcadia, CA 4/12 photo
Ian Milder      8:51.53 2014 Arcadia, CA 4/12
Cameron Ponder  8:56.49 2017 Arcadia, CA 4/8
Kenny Kneisel   8:57.77 2016 Raleigh Rlys 3/25
Kyle Armentrout 9:10.3  1990

(Posted Apr. 8, 2017)
Part Three: The Legend of Maud: Chris McKenzie and the Birth of Women's Track and Field - By Marc Bloom - DyeStat

(Posted Apr. 5, 2017)
Part Two: The Legend of Maud: Chris McKenzie and the Birth of Women's Track and Field - By Marc Bloom - DyeStat

(Posted Apr. 5, 2017)
An interesting story about the early days of women's track and field:

Part One: The Legend of Maud: Chris McKenzie and the Birth of Women's Track and Field - By Marc Bloom - DyeStat

(Posted Apr. 4, 2017)
Duke University sophomore Sydnei Murphy (Apex HS) set a School Record (21-0.5/6.41 -0.1) in winning the long jump last weekend at the Battle of the Blues meet in Morris Williams Stadium in Durham. She also won the 100 (11.70 +0.2), placed 2nd in the 200 (24.32 +0.5) and led off Duke's winning 4x100 (45.48). Murphy's 100 time is #2 on Duke's all-time list.

Vukajlovic Sets Record -

Record-setting performances in the field lift Duke women to home title -

Meet Results | Highlights

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South Carolina senior Tyler Brockington (Greensboro Dudley HS) won the 400H (56.35) last Friday at the Florida Relays.

Brockington Paces Gamecocks at Florida Relays -

Recap - | Florida Relays Results

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University of Mississippi senior Craig Engels (Pfafftown Reagan HS) opened his outdoor season at the Florida Relays with an 800 meter time of 1:46.96 that ranks him fourth in the NCAA this year. It was just off the 1:46.03 that he ran for a fourth-place finish at last year's U.S. Olympic Trials.

Ole Miss sophomore Maddie McHugh (Huntersville Hough HS) ran an outdoor 800 personal best of 2:07.99 to move up to #7 in school history and top 25 in the NCAA this year.

Mississippi senior Mary Alex England (Cary Green Hope HS) ran at the Stanford Invitational and placed 21st in the 10,000 with a 34:07.45.

School Records, Big Marks Highlight Rebels' Weekend -

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East Henderson's Blankenship to North Greenville -

North Greenville University

(Posted Apr. 3, 2017)
Meet the 2017 Chapel Hill/Lincoln High Sports Hall of Fame class - N&O

(Posted Mar. 31, 2017)
Bryanna Hames (Charlotte Myers Park HS/Elon) is the co-Athlete of the Week for field events in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Hames Garners Second CAA Weekly Honor -

Elon's Hames lands weekly track honor -

Throwers Highlight Opener at Raleigh Relays -

(Posted Mar. 28, 2017)
Latest news on former Trask HS athlete Tamarick Bolden:

Trask High's Bolden finding stride quickly with East Carolina track team -

Bolden was 2nd in the 2013 NCHSAA 1A 200 as a junior (22.52 -3.0), 4th in the 100 (11.11 -0.2), anchored Trask's 2nd-place 4x200 (1:30.30), and led off their 2nd-place 4x400 (3:30.33) in helping Trask to the state team championship.

(Posted Mar. 27, 2017)
Wolfpack freshmen Elly Henes (Cary Green Hope HS) and Ryen Frazier (Raleigh Ravenscroft) ran the NCAA's 2nd and 3rd fastest 5000s of the season at the Raleigh Relays this past weekend. They ran 16:01.73 and 16:02.39.

Wolfpack Athletes Shine on Opening Day of Raleigh Relays -

Wolfpace Concludes 2017 Raleigh Relays -

Results -

Joshua Davis (Bartlett Yancey HS) Grows Into A National Competitor -

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Appalachian State's Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill HS) and Taylor Drummonds (Watauga HS) set ASU school records last weekend.

Van Ord ran at the Raleigh Relays and broke her own 10,000-meter record with a new time of 34:04.64. Drummonds competed at the Weems Baskin Invitational in Columbia, SC and won the pole vault with a record 12-7.5

Tristin Van Ord Breaks Program Record in 10,000m -

Drummonds Records Program Record in the Vault -

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Courtland Clavette (Asheville A.C. Reynolds HS/Brown) won the Men's Discus at the Raleigh Relays with a throw of 57.19/187-7.

Clavette won the 2010 NCHSAA 4A Discus Championship as a junior (172-0). He was the Most Valuable Performer at the 2011 NCHSAA 4A Championhips winning the Shot Put (55-0.25) and setting a 4A Meet Record in the Discus (184-03).

Clavette currently ranks 10th on North Carolina's All-Time High School List in the Discus.

(Posted Mar. 25, 2017)
Winston-Salem Mount Tabor's Boys All-Time 3200 List was improved yet again at this year's Raleigh Relays. This is how the current top-5 list looks:

1 - Matt DeBole     8:50.16  2003 Arcadia, CA 4/12 photo
2 - Ian Milder      8:51.53  2014 Arcadia, CA 4/12
3 - Kenny Kneisel   8:57.77  2016 Raleigh Rlys 3/25 Photo
4 - Cameron Ponder  9:03.75  2017 Raleigh Rlys 3/24
5 - Kyle Armentrout 9:10.3   1990 Photo
Source: NCPrepTrack All-Time Lists

(Posted Mar. 24, 2017)
Murphy's Cole West signs with Mars Hill -

(Posted Mar. 23, 2017)
Track & Field News' final 2017 US Indoor Top-40 Lists are out and Tamara Clark (High Point Central) and Kylia Wright (Southeast Raleigh) are ranked 8th (6.89) and 9th (6.93) in the Women's 55. Both times were recorded at the NCHSAA 4-A Championships. (Note that the 60 is run much more often than the 55 at the college and pro level.)

Clark was also ranked 14th in the 300 (37.81). Chantz Sawyers (High Point Christian) is ranked =27th in the 400 (46.74, New Balance Nationals Indoor).

Men's List | Women's List -

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Some Pole Vault trivia:

Lee Barnes (Hollywood, California) became the first high school male to clear 13-0 on May 24th, 1924 (back in the day when vaulting poles were bamboo). 14-0 was not cleared by a high schooler until 1955 - by Jim Brewer (North, Phoenix, Arizona).

Source: Prep Vaulting's Major Barrier-Breakers -

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Former Forsyth Country Day ('93), UNC and Olympic runner Blake Russell has un-retired:

The Un-Retirement of Blake Russell -

A previous story from February 2016:

Last chance at Olympic marathon eludes Winston-Salem native Blake Russell (2/11) -

In high school Russell won 11 of a possible 12 NCISAA state titles in the 800m, 1600m, and 3200m. ...And she won 2 more in cross country.

(Posted Mar. 21, 2017)
Track & Field and Cross Country Bulletin for Mar. 20, 2017 -

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In this 2015 interview, Armory President and CEO Dr. Norb Sander tells the story of the track he knew as a high school student and how, in 1990, he sought to reclaim the Fort Washington Armory for track and field.

Dr. Norb Sander - An Oral History of the Armory - DyeStat

(Posted Mar. 20, 2017)
UNC had its final meet ever Saturday at the Irwin Belk Track at Fetzer Field. The facility, completed in 1935 as a Works Project Administration program during the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, hosted the NCHSAA Track & Field Championships several times during the 1980s and 1990s. A new multi-sport indoor practice facility is set to replace the track in the coming months. UNC's new track & field facility will be off campus at Finley Fields -- near the cross country course and Finley Golf Course.

UNC track & field races last lap at Irwin Belk Track -

Tar Heels Compete In Final Meet At Belk Track/Fetzer Field -

Video Slideshow: UNC T&F History - YouTube

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Charlotte track meet becomes reunion for Polk County athletes -

(Posted Mar. 17, 2017)
Brevard senior Noah Graham commits to NC State -

Graham is a seven-time NCHSAA state champion.

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Murphy senior Cole West signs with Mars Hill -

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Armory Foundation Founder Dr. Norbert Sander passes - MileSplit

Dr. Norbert Sander, Founder of Armory Track Foundation, passes at age 74 -

An excellent story! ..
Visionary: Dr. Norbert Sander, Armory Savior -

Statement from the Chairman of the Armory Foundation about the passing of Dr. Norbert Sander -

When The Armory in New York City fell into a state of decline in the '70s and '80s, Dr. Sander decided to rescue it and formed the Armory Foundation. Today, the Armory Foundation is home to the busiest indoor track facility in the country, hosting over 150 indoor track and field meets each year.

(Posted Mar. 14, 2017)
Update on Elon runner Molly Offstein who was struck by a car one week ago:

'Strongest night yet' for Elon runner Molly Offstein -

(Previous stories)

(Posted Mar. 12, 2017)
Two former North Carolina High School stars, Sha'Keela Saunders (Fayetteville E.E. Smith HS/Kentucky) and Craig Engels (Winston-Salem Reagan HS/Mississippi) won NCAA Division I Championships this weekend.

Mustachioed Men Make History for Ole Miss - DyeStat

Video: Mississippi Distance Medley - DyeStat

Note: Engels led off with a 2:56.47 1200 leg.

Kentucky Senior Sha'Keela Saunders Comes Up Clutch to Win First Long Jump Crown (22-7.75) - DyeStat

Video: Sha'Keela Saunders - DyeStat

Note: Saunders graduated from Nansemond HS in Suffolk, VA, but had performances of 19-4.5 and 24.05 while at E.E. Smith in 2011.

Freshman Anna Cockrell (Charlotte Providence Day/Southern California) placed 4th in the 60m Hurdles (7.99) after being seeded 13th.

Video: Cockrell Interview - MileSplit

Joshua Davis (Bartlett Yancey HS/NC State) placed 5th in the Weight Throw (72-3.75) after being seeded 13th.

Sophomore Rachel Koon (Asheville T.C. Roberson HS/NC State) placed 15th in the 3000.

Davis, Koon Finish Strong at NCAA Championships -

(Posted Mar. 9, 2017)
Follow-up on Montreat coach Britten Olinger and Friday's benefit in Black Mountain:

Warrants: Driver going 120 mph at time of Black Mountain crash -

(Previous stories)

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Updates on Elon runner Molly Offstein:

Elon coach's hopes for Molly Offstein: 'Happy and smiling and running fast again' -

Elon runner Molly Offstein remains critical; GoFundMe page set up -

(Previous stories)

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North Carolina Alum Competing at the NCAA DI Indoor National Championships - NCrunners

(Posted Mar. 8, 2017)
Brevard HS coach Philip Latter writes second book -

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College Recruiting FAQ - MileSplit

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Sha'Keela Saunders (Fayetteville E.E. Smith HS/Kentucky) appears in the following NCAA Preview.

Note: Saunders graduated from Nansemond HS in Suffolk, VA, but had performances of 19-4.5 and 24.05 while at E.E. Smith in 2011.

Preview: 10 Women's Storylines for NCAA Div. I Indoor Championships - DyeStat

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Craig Engels (Winston-Salem Reagan HS/Mississippi) is noted in the following:

Preview: 10 Men's Storylines for NCAA Div. I Indoor Championships - DyeStat

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List of former NC high school athletes qualified for NCAA Championships

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Ole Miss coach Ryan Vanhoy, who ran at Asheboro HS was voted South Region Men's Assistant Coach of the Year.

Vanhoy was 10th as a senior in the 2004 NCHSAA 3-A State Cross Country Championships.

Smith, Vanhoy Named Region Assistant Coaches of the Year -

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Mary Alex England (Cary Green Hope HS/Mississippi) is featured in this National Pancake Day story:

Maple Syrup in My Bag Swag -

(Posted Mar. 7, 2017)
A freshman runner for Elon University from Maryland, Molly Offstein is in critical condition after being struck by a car while running Monday Morning.

Former Maryland State Champion In Critical Condition After Being Hit By Car On Run - MileSplit

Elon student critical after being hit by car - Fox8

Elon student stuck by vehicle -

Maryland hometown praying for Elon runner Molly Offstein -

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Tavis Bailey (Kannapolis A.L. Brown HS/Tennessee), Johnny Dutch (Clayton HS/South Carolina), Quanera Hayes (Gray's Creek HS/Livingstone College), and Tevin Hester (Granville Central HS/Clemson) are among 55 elite track & field athletes receiving development grants from The USA Track & Field Foundation.

USATF Foundation awards Elite Athlete Development Grants to 55 athletes -

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Life-Changing Coaches To Be Recognized By FloSports -

(Posted Mar. 6, 2017)
WCU track celebrates another men's title -

WCU Men Four-Peat; Women 2nd -

Cale McDaniel SoCon Men's Indoor Coach of the Year -

Catamount Men, Women in 2nd after Opening Day -

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Interview: Keni Harrison, 1st, 60m Hurdles - USATF Indoor Championships - DyeStat

Photo: Harrison's 7.74 -

Harrison Dedicated to Details - DyeStat

Ryan Hill (Hickory HS/NC State) placed 3rd in the 2-Mile (8:38.81).

Spencer Adams (Matthews Butler HS/Clemson) was 4th in the 60m Hurdles (7.67).

Scott Houston (Northwest Guilford HS/UNC) placed 4th in the Pole Vault (5.60m/18-4.5).

Tevin Hester (Granville Central HS/Clemson) finished 6th in the 60 (6.61).

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10 Port City TC competitors qualify for nationals -

Results: USATF South Zone Youth Indoor Championships -

(Posted Mar. 4, 2017)
Keni Harrison (Clayton HS/Clemson/Kentucky) at the Pre-Meet Press Conference at the 2017 USATF Indoor Championships:

Keni Harrison Pre-Meet - USATF Indoor Championships 2017 - DyeStat

USATF Indoor Championships: The Big Board - DyeStat

Live Results | Schedule | Start Lists | Live Webcast | Preview -

(Posted Mar. 3, 2017)
Asheville T.C. Roberson senior Elyse King has committed to Charlotte.

King to Charlotte -

(Posted Mar. 2, 2017)
Montreat College's Head Men's/Women's Track & Field and Assistant XC Coach Britten Olinger was involved in a serious five-vehicle collision in Black Mountain Monday evening.

Montreat coach injured in crash may never walk again -

Montreat College coach critically injured in Black Mountain wreck -

Black Mountain picks up pieces after horrific crash -

GoFundMe page for Coach Olinger

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The NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Track and Field and Cross Country Committee has announced the participants for the 2017 NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships March 9-11 in Birmingham, and some familiar names appear on the list:

Freshman P.J. Lotharp (Sun Valley HS/Lenoir-Rhyne) - 60 - 6.80 (Ranked 15th)
Senior Shakinah Brooks (Southeast Raleigh HS/Saint Augustine's) - Long Jump - 5.99m/19-8 (Ranked 7th)
Senior Ty-Leah Hampton (Eden Morehead HS/Winston-Salem State) - 200 - 24.37 (Ranked 10th)

NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships qualifiers announced -

(Posted Mar. 1, 2017)
Ryan Hill (Hickory HS/NC State) will be one of the favorites in the Two-Mile Saturday at the US Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

2017 USATF Indoor Championships: Distance Preview - DyeStat

Tevin Hester (Granville Central HS/Clemson) is entered in the 60.   Spencer Adams (Matthews Butler HS/Clemson) in the 60m Hurdles.   Keni Harrison (Clayton HS/Clemson/Kentucky) in the Women's 60H.   Scott Houston (Northwest Guilford HS/UNC) in the Pole Vault.   Jesse Williams (Raleigh Broughton HS/NC State/Southern Cal) may compete in the the High Jump but has not declared.

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Several recent NC high school stars have qualified for the NCAA Division I Championships March 10th & 11th:

Senior Craig Engels (Reagan HS/Mississippi) - 800 - 1:47.54 (Ranked 15th)
  Engels also in Distance Medley - 9:26.55 (Ranked 1st)
Sophomore Vincent Crisp (North Mecklenburg HS/Texas Tech) - 4x400 - 3:05.49 (Ranked 9th)
Junior Joshua Davis (Bartlett Yancey HS/NC State) - Weight Throw - 21.82m/71-7.25 (Ranked 13th)
Sophomore Rachel Koon (Asheville T.C. Roberson HS/NC State) - 3000 - 9:05.32 (Ranked 6th)
Freshman Anna Cockrell (Charlotte Providence Day/Southern California) - 60m Hurdles - 8.11 (Ranked 13th)
  Cockrell also in 4x400 - 3:30.66 (Ranked 4th)
Senior Tyler Brockington (Greensboro Dudley HS/South Carolina) - 4x400 - 3:32.77 (Ranked 11th)
Senior Briana Haith (Granville Central HS/South Carolina - 4x400 - 3:32.77 (Ranked 11th)
Senior Sha'Keela Saunders (Fayetteville E.E. Smith HS/Kentucky) - Long Jump - 6.82m/22-4.5 (Ranked 1st)
  Saunders also in Triple Jump - 13.32m/43-8.5 (Ranked 14th)

Note: Saunders graduated from Nansemond HS in Suffolk, VA, but had performances of 19-4.5 and 24.05 while at E.E. Smith in 2011.

NCAA men's and Women's indoor track and field championships qualifiers announced (2/28) -

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Here's an interesting story on a former high school star who several years ago was 4th in the Penn Relays Mile (4:48.52). Doesn't have anything to do with NC except that "North Carolina" is mentioned once.

For Anna Shields, college track is a dream that never died - DyeStat

(Posted Feb. 28, 2017)
Former Hickory HS/NC State star Ryan Hill ran the 6th-fastest indoor 5000 ever by an American (13:07.61) Sunday at the Boston University Last Chance Meet. Hill is now 18th on the world all-time indoor 5000 list.

Hill placed 4th behind Mohammed Ahmed (13:04.60), Eric Jenkins (13:05.85), and Ben True (13:06.74) as they produced the four fastest indoor 5000 times in the world for this year.

Canadian star runs national record -

Mo Ahmed wins BU Last Chance 5000 -

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Interview with Clayton HS/Clemson/Kentucky's Keni Harrison -

Ato Boldon talks to Keni Harrison - Spikes

(Posted Feb. 23, 2017)
The NC School of Science & Mathematics, despite never having freshmen or sophomores, has won six NCHSAA boys team championships in cross country, and four individual boys titles. It has won one indoor championship (Steve Mulherin, 9:42.19 3200 - 2012 1A/2A/3A meet), two boys 1A outdoor team titles, eleven individual & relay boys outdoor titles (all in the 4x800, 800, 1600, and 3200), and fourteen individual & relay girls outdoor titles (in the 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 4x400, & 4x800).

I once visited their campus one evening to hear a speaker, and the campus is certainly unique.

Here are some stories/videos on the school that I saw today:

NCSSM: "Best high-school education in the country"

Hospital turned high school

Keep the talent here

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New Cumberland County 4-A/3-A conference dubbed Patriot Athletic Conference -

(Posted Feb. 22, 2017)
ZAP Fitness Foundation Job Opening

(Posted Feb. 15, 2017)
17 schools/clubs awarded with 2017 Tony Wells Development Grants by NSAF -

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A good discussion on

...Other topics

(Posted Feb. 10, 2017)
Track Coach Charged; Resigns -

(Posted Feb. 9, 2017)
Compiled List Of Every Millrose High School Mile Winner Ever - MileSplit

Do you know who the only two winners from North Carolina were?

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Jonathan Williams (Wake Forest-Rolesville HS/NC Central) achieved a career-best of 6.82 in the 60 at the recent Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational at Liberty University.

Williams off to a fast start for NCCU -

NCCU's Williams Fastest Sprinter at Liberty Indoor Meet -

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Keni Harrison (Clayton HS/Clemson/Kentucky) won the 60m Hurdles at her first international indoor meet Saturday in Karlsruhe, Germany.

World-Leading Times in Sprints and Hurdles in Karlsruhe -

(Posted Feb. 8, 2017)
Rachel Koon (Asheville T.C. Roberson HS/NC State) has been named the ACC Women's Track Performer of the Week. Koon ran a 23-second PR in the 3000 of 9:09.99 last weekend at the Camel City Invitational. She currently has the 5th fastest 3000 time in the NCAA, and also the 9th best 5000 (16:04.01).

Koon Named ACC Performer of the Week -

5th Camel City Elite Yields Fast Times -

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Paisley Simmons (High Point T.W. Andrews HS/NC State set a school record for the indoor 200 (23.78) at the VT Elite meet in Blacksburg, Virginia. The old record, 23.88 was set by Ebony Foster in 2006.

Simmons sprints to school record -

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Sydnei Murphy (Apex HS/Duke) ran on Duke's school-record-setting 4x200 (1:36.37) at the Armory Track Invitational in New York City. The time also broke the meet record.

Women's 4x200m Relay Sets Armory Meet Record -

Results: Armory Track Invitational -

Duke University Track & Field All-Time Lists

(Posted Feb. 7, 2017)
Team USA Will Not Participate In 2017 World Youth (U18) Championships - MileSplit

(Posted Jan. 31, 2017)
Name Change:  The Meet Director for the Taco Bell Classic has announced a new lead sponsor of the meet. It is now the Bojangle's Classic.

Spring Valley National-Caliber Meet Gets New Sponsor -

Meet Info | Meet Website

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Sophomore Sydnei Murphy (Apex HS/Duke University) won the TJ at the Bob Pollock Invitational at Clemson last weekend with a jump of 40-3.25. She was also 3rd in the LJ (19-11).

Duke earns 4 first-place finishes - DukeChronicle

Day One Report | Day Two Report | Complete Results -

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My greatest challenge - Kendra Harrison -

(Posted Jan. 28, 2017)
Andrews' Tiffany Holloway commits to Mars Hill -

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USATF Athlete Of The Week: Keni Harrison -

(Posted Jan. 25, 2017)
Former Bearcat Grant Rivers wins at Hokie Invitational -

Rivers Posts Strong Start at Hokie Invite -

(Posted Jan. 24, 2017)
Keni Harrison Looks To Join Yordanka Donkova As Double World Record Holder - DyeStat

(Posted Jan. 23, 2017)
Keni Harrison Runs US#3 All-Time in 60m Hurdle Win (1/21) - DyeStat

Harrison Tops High-Quality Marks in Kentucky -

Keni Harrison opens with 7.75 WL for 60m Hurdles - RunBlogRun

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Also at the Rod McCravy Memorial, sophomore Maddie McHugh (Huntersville Hough HS/Mississippi) ran a Personal Best of 2:09.42 (#6 in Ole Miss history) in the 800.

Another Record-Breaking Weekend for Ole Miss -

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Taylor Drummonds (Watauga HS/Appalachian State) won the Pole Vault 1/21 at the Mountaineer Indoor Meet in the Holmes Center in Boone with a clearance of 13-1.5 (4.00m). She now ranks 2nd all-time in the women's PV in App State history.

Women's Track Finishes Second in Boone -

Drummonds finishes 4th at ETSU meet -

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Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill HS/Appalachian State) has been named the Sun Belt Conference Women's Track Athlete of the Week.

Van Ord Athlete of the Week -

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2017 - 2021 NCHSAA Conference Names -

Current Conferences; Realignment Info -

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Adam Nelson On How To Develop a High School Thrower - DyeStat

(Posted Jan. 13, 2017)
Trentavis Friday (Cherryville HS/Florida State) is now a Nike-sponsored athlete and is based in Orlando, Florida where he is being coached by former Olympic Gold Medalist Dennis Mitchell.

Trentavis Friday Joins Nike and Coach Dennis Mitchell - NCrunners

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Fans of the 4x100 may enjoy this:

Japan's Secret to Relay Success -

(Posted Jan. 12, 2017)
Keni Harrison (Clayton HS/Clemson/Kentucky) shares her tips for on and off the track:

Keni Harrison: Top Tips -

(Posted Jan. 8, 2017)
Quanera Hayes (Gray's Creek HS/Livingstone College) set a new American Record in the 300 Saturday of 35.71.  Hayes' performance came at the Orange & Purple Classic on Clemson's new 200-meter banked track.  It's the 3rd-fastest indoor 300 ever run, and just 0.26 seconds from Irina Privalova's world record set in 1993.

Another facility record was shattered by former Clemson great Tevin Hester (Granville Central HS). Hester clocked 20.96 in the 200.

Six Records Fall in Orange & Purple Classic -

Results -

Gray's Creek alum Quanera Hayes sets 300m American record -

Hayes Delivers Record Run in 300 - DyeStat

(Posted Jan. 6, 2017)
Clemson's new indoor track -

(Posted Jan. 5, 2017)
Florida High Schools To Go To Metric Measure - MileSplit

(Posted Jan. 4, 2017)
Former Northwest Guilford HS vaulter Scott Houston will compete Saturday at the 5th Annual Akron Pole Vault Convention at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.  Houston had the 5th best vault by an American in 2016. He has the best performance in North Carolina high school history, clearing 16-10 (indoors) in 2008.

Field Set for Fifth-Annual Akron Pole Vault Convention -

Suhr, Barber Headline Akron PV Convention -

(Posted Jan. 3, 2017)
A Parent's Guide To The Recruiting Process - MileSplit

(Posted Jan. 2, 2017)
A former Clayton HS track star has won a major award:

U.S. Women's Athlete of The Year: Keni Harrison -

Harrison becomes the 3rd former-North Carolina high school athlete to win the award.   Jim Beatty won the US men's AOY in 1962. Beatty graduated from Charlotte Central HS in 1953.

Kathy McMillan won the women's award in 1976 -- the same year she graduated from Hoke County HS.

T&FN's U.S. Women's Athletes Of The Year

T&FN's U.S. Men's Athletes Of The Year

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Javelin throwers and fans should enjoy this video.

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