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(Posted Nov. 30, 2018)
High School Track 2019 ...The 61st edition is now available.

This booklet has a complete statistical wrap-up of the historic 2018 prep season, boys & girls, indoors and out. National, age and class records. 2018 and all-time performance lists. An indispensable resource for the high school track fan.

68 pages. $12.00, includes postage/handling. Prepared by Track & Field News high school editor Jack Shepard.

Make checks payable to and order from:

Jack Shepard, 14551 Southfield Dr., Westminster, CA 92683.

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(Posted Nov. 17, 2018) *** Updated 11/18 ***
Some former North Carolina high school stars helped NC State's men & women's teams to top-15 finishes at the 2018 NCAA Cross Country Championships today in Madison, WI.:

Leading State's #16-ranked men to an 11th-place finish was soph. Ian Shanklin (Greensboro Page HS), 54th.

NCSU's 6th man was Patrick Sheehan (Lake Norman HS), 180th.

The Wolfpack men were 17th the year before.

State's women placed 13th, led by junior Elly Henes (Cary Green Hope HS), was 16th and qualified as an All-American for the 2nd-straight season. She was 32nd in 2017 to become a first-time All-American.

Redshirt Freshman Nevada Mareno was NC State's 5th-placer in 172nd.

Soph. Isabel Zimmermann was their #6 runner at 179th.

#PackXC Secures Pair of Top-15 Finishes at NCAA Championships -

Men's 10K Results | Women's 6K Results -

Prior Article | Another Prior Article -

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The Men's University of Michigan team placed 19th with their #2 runner being Freshman John Tatter (Winston-Salem RJ Reynolds HS), 79th. Tatter was the 8th freshman across the line.

Michigan Men 19th at NCAA -

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Sydney Foreman (Charlotte Ardrey Kell HS) was Notre Dame's 4th runner (185th). The Irish placed 8th overall.

Irish Find Success at 2018 NCAA Championships -

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Ben Savino (Apex HS) was Mississippi's #6 man (183rd).

Maddie McHugh (Huntersville Hough HS) ran #7 for Ole Miss (229th).

Rebel Men Finish 17th, Women 22nd -

(Posted Nov. 16, 2018)
Track & Field and Cross-Country Bulletin for Nov 16, 2018 -

(Posted Nov. 11, 2018)
NC State's Women won the NCAA Southeast Regional in Rock Hill, SC with junior Elly Henes (Cary Green Hope HS) finishing 2nd (19:47.6 6K PR).

Sophomore Isabel Zimmermann (Pfafftown Reagan HS) was State's #4 runner (21st in 20:34.5 PR). Nevada Mareno (Raleigh Leesville Rd HS was NCSU's #7, 35th with a PR 20:58.3.

NC State's Women are ranked #11 Nationally.

Complete Results: SE Regional -

NC State's 26th-ranked men upset #16 Eastern Kentucky and #20 Furman to win the Southeast Regional.

The Wolfpack were led by sophomore Ian Shanklin (Greensboro Page HS) placing 11th in 30:17.6 in the 10K race.

Patrick Sheehan (Lake Norman HS) placed 93rd in 32.04.6 as State's #7.

NC State will finish its season Saturday, Nov. 17 at the NCAA Championships in Madison, Wisconsin

Pack Sweeps Regional Crowns -

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Former Winston-Salem RJ Reynolds and 2017 NCHSAA State 4-A Cross Country Champion John Tatter, a freshman at the University of Michigan, placed 20th (31:34.6 10K PR) in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional to be their #3 man and help Michigan to a 3rd place finish and at-large bid to the NCAA Championships

Michigan men 3rd | Michigan receives invitation to NCAA Championships -

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NCAA South Regional: Ole Miss sophomore Ben Savino (Apex HS) placed 20th to help Mississippi's Men to advance to the NCAA Championships.

Story -

Mississppi is coached by former Asheboro HS's Ryan Vanhoy.

(Posted Oct. 26, 2018)
Elly Henes (Cary Green Hope HS/NC State) placed 2nd in today's ACC Championships in Boston, leading the Wolfpack to the team title 67 - 68 over Notre Dame. Nevada Mareno (Raleigh Leesville Road HS) was State's #4 runner, finishing 22nd.

NC State's men placed 3rd, with Ian Shanklin (Greensboro Page HS) finishing as their #1 runner in 7th (23:54.1 for 8K).

Wolfpack Women Claim 3rd-Straight ACC Title -

Complete Results: 2018 ACC XC Championships

Meet Central -

Preview: Wolfpack set for ACC cross country championships -

(Posted Oct. 23, 2018)
Track & Field News has announced its 2018 High School Girls All-America Team, which includes two athletes from NC

- Morgan Smalls (Cary Panther Creek) - High Jump.

- Veronica Fraley (Raleigh Wakefield) - Shot Put & Discus.

Details/Full All-American List (may require a subscription to view)

Related: 2018 HS Girls Top 25 Lists

(Posted Oct. 19, 2018)
Track & Field News has announced its 2018 High School Boys All-America Team, which includes several athletes from NC:

- Cameron Ponder (Winston-Salem Mount Tabor) - Mile.

- Cary Green Hope's 4x800.

Details/Full All-American List (may require a subscription to view)

Related: 2018 HS Boys Top 25 Lists

(Posted Oct. 19, 2018)
Performance Clinics (Triple Jump, Javelin), Phoenix, Arizona, Nov. 8 - 11:

Clinic is open to all athletes, coaches and interested parties.


(Posted Oct. 7, 2018)
The importance of having a handy pencil in case the tape measure isn't long enough:

(Andy Bloom was a NY high school graduate who was later an NCAA champion thrower at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem):

Bloom wrote quite a story -

(Posted Oct. 2, 2018)
Georgia HS Association Votes Against Adding 4x800 to State Meet -

Georgia committee rejects adding 4x800 -

(Posted Sep. 23, 2018)
New York runner runs Fastest Girls XC 5K All-Time - MileSplit

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The NCHSAA has great scholarship opportunities for the Class of 2019 -

(Posted Sep. 13, 2018)
NC State's Women's Cross Country team, with several former NC high school stars, is ranked 5th in the NCAA National Pre-Season Poll by Track & Field News, and 6th in the USTFCCCA Preseason poll.

Their team includes Elly Henes (Cary Green Hope HS) 32nd at last year's nationals, Ryen Frazier (Raleigh Ravenscroft School), and redshirt frosh transfer from Stanford Nevada Mareno (Raleigh Leesville Road HS)

NC State Current Cross Country Roster -

Wolfpack Women ranked 6th in NCAA PreSeason Poll -

NCAA Cross Country Preview: Women's Top 10 Teams -
(above link may require subscription to T&FN)

(Posted Sep. 10, 2018)
From   2018 Cedric Walker Development Grant deadline extended to Sept. 30

Since the inception of the NSAF's Development Grants in 2010, these have helped track and field teams and clubs defray expenses, purchase equipment, and uniforms, enable coaches education, and much more. Average grants of $700 are awarded and may be used for any reasonable purpose pertaining to the recipient's track and field program. As an additional dimension to the program, each recipient must also participate in a volunteer service program in their community. The NSAF typically disperses 12-18 of these grants each year.

More info/details

(Posted Sep. 7, 2018)
From  Document community service projects that your team or school does throughout the year and then enter to win the Commissioner's Cup! This award recognizes great community service projects!

Two teams or schools from each classification (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A) will be awarded the NCHSAA Commissioner's Cup at the NCHSAA Annual Meeting in May. Each will receive a $1,000 stipend for their respective team or school athletic program, earmarked for use by that sports team.

Info/Details -

(Posted Sep. 3, 2018)
Catching up on some news from last month involving former NC high school stars:

Craig Engels (Pfafftown Reagan HS/NC State/U. of Mississippi/Nike) won the Falmouth Mile at Falmouth, Massachusetts August 18 in 3:58.88. 8th was Graham Crawford (Burlington Williams HS/NC State) in 4:01.52.

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Ryan Hill (Hickory HS/NC State) placed 2nd at the Murphey Mile in Memphis, Tennessee August 25 with an outdoor PR of 3:55.48. Craig Engels was 3rd, 3:55.51. Graham Crawford was 7th, 3:56.42.  2018 Results   Story -

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At the Van Damme Memorial (IAAF Diamond League Final) in Brussels, Belgium Aug. 31st, Keni Harrison (Clayton HS/University of Kentucky) placed 2nd in the 100m Hurdles in 12.63 (0.1), behind fellow American Brianna McNeal (12.61).  Meet Results   Meet Info

(Posted Aug. 30, 2018)
Dear Running: You've Helped Me Discover The Meaning Of Team - MileSplit

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Latest on Clayton HS/University of Kentucky grad Keni Harrison:

Keni Harrison Seeks Diamond League Title - DyeStat

Catching up with hurdles queen Kendra Harrison -

(Posted Aug. 27, 2018)
College Coach Shares The Benefits Of Weight Lifting For Distance Runners - MileSplit

(Posted Aug. 6, 2018)
This story does not involve North Carolina, but fans of cross country should find it fascinating.

THE ROADS NOT TAKEN, the untold story of Janet Bristol, by Rich Englehart - RunBlogRun

Note that Englehart's story doesn't begin until a quarter-page down following a lengthly introduction by Larry Eder. The story includes excellent photos by Jeff Johnson, who happened to be the guy who came up with the brand name Nike.

(Posted July 18, 2018)
Junior track team denied travel to North Carolina meet; parents appeal to city (7/17) - (Staten Island, NY)

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Follow-up to the above story:

Despite travel ban, Mayor de Blasio allows Staten Island track team to compete in North Carolina (7/18) -

(Posted July 15, 2018)
Fans of Cross Country may enjoy this article written in 2013 by DyeStat Illinois Editor Michael Newman, about his experience in 1978 running for York HS in Elmhurst, IL, coached by the late legend Joe Newton.

He wrote about his junior cross country season and the team's journey to a state championship, and included several old and interesting photos. It was originally published as a weekly blog, but the link below will take you to links to all 18 parts.

Put Your Hand on Seven: A Journey to a State Championship -

(Posted July 13, 2018)
Michael Holland, a 2015 graduate of Watauga HS won Thursday's running of The Bear -- the annual 5-mile race up Grandfather Mountain which climbs 1568 feet in elevation. Holland's time was 33:13.1

Third in the men's race was former Raleigh Broughton HS star Sandy Roberts, in 34:37.5. Roberts was 2004 NCHSAA 4A State Cross Country Champion and placed 16th at the Foot Locker Nationals that year. He ran a 8:55.64 3200 as a senior in 2006.

2nd in the women's race was rising Watauga HS junior Sophia Ritter in 38:33.1.

The Bear is part of the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.

Beech Mountain, Boone Residents Finish Tops in The Bear -

Watauga County cleans up at The Bear -

WNC runners win 'The Bear' -

2018 Results -

(Posted July 11, 2018)
The latest on 2013 Hendersonville HS grad Hailey Cook:

Cook is 'home' as new HHS volleyball coach -

Cook was NCHSAA 1A Champion in the Shot Put and Discus all four years in high school, setting the 1A meet record (146-5) in 2013. She was also 1A/2A/3A Indoor Champion in the Shot Put in 2012 & 2013. Her high school bests were 45-0.5 (#12 NC All-Time) and 146-5 (#12 NC All-Time).

(Posted June 24, 2018)
The recent Women's NCAA Championships ended with a team score of:

1. Southern California 53, 2. Georgia 52, 3. Stanford 51.

How much closer can that get?!

A North Carolina high school graduate, sophomore (Anna Cockrell (Charlotte Providence Day/Southern Cal) contributed to that team victory as follows:

100H: 3rd in semi-final, 12.88 =PR (Fastest NCAA non-qualifier ever)

400H: 2nd, 55.71

4x400: Cockrell ran the 2nd leg (51.3 split) on USC's winning final event, 3:27.06.

(Posted June 12, 2018)
An update on Montreat College track coach Britten Olinger, who was severely injured in a horrific February 2017 crash in downtown Black Mountain:

Driver sentenced in crash that paralyzed Montreat coach -

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Craig Engels (Pfafftown Reagan HS/NC State/U. of Mississippi/Nike) placed 2nd in the 800 at the Portland Track Festival in Oregon last weekend, running 1:47.96.

Engels: Postrace Interview - DyeStat

(Posted June 3, 2018)
After last weekend, this is what Winston-Salem Mount Tabor's All-Time 1600m/Mile List now looks like:

1. Cameron Ponder   4:02.83#  2018 (4:04.24y) Music City, Nashville, TN 6/2
2. Matt DeBole      4:08.28#  2002 (4:09.73y)
3. Kenny Kneisel    4:10.24#i 2016 (4:11.70yi) NBNI, New York 3/12
4. Ian Milder       4:11.25#i 2014 (4:12.71yi) UCS Inv, JDL 2/15
5. Michael Moerk    4:12.16#  2018 (4:13.63y) Music City, Nashville, TN 6/2
6. Brant Armentrout 4:12.43#i 1990 (4:13.91y)
7. Kyle Armentrout  4:13.46   1990
# = converted time; y = yard distance; i = indoor track

(Posted May. 30, 2018)
An addition to the NCAA qualifiers list in the 5/28 post below:

Malcum Tatum 2. (Charlotte Providence HS/Mississippi State) 400H 50.62 PR   Story -

(Posted May. 28, 2018)
Did you see about the 17-year-old from Norway who ran a 3:52.28 Mile Saturday at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon?

Ingebrigtsen Smashes 39-year-old European U20 Mile Record -

Final Pre Classic at Hayward Field Delivers Great Results -

Records, world-leads highlight 44th Nike Prefontaine Classic -

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Former North Carolina high school athletes who have qualified for the NCAA Division I National Championships June 6-9 in Eugene:


Elijah Cole (Raleigh Millbrook HS/Charlotte) Pole Vault 17-2.75 =PR.   Story -

Mihret Coulter (Apex HS/Charlotte) Steeplechase 8:43.52 School Rec.   Story -

Vincent Crisp (North Mecklenburg HS/Texas Tech) 800 1:48.00.   Story -

Markel Dalton (Concord Jay M. Robinson HS/Charlotte) Triple Jump 51-6.5.   Story -

Tom Nobles (Cary Green Hope HS/Charlotte) Steeplechase 8:46.68 PR.   Story -

Rodney Rowe (Clayton HS/NC A&T) 200 20.26 +0.1, 4x100 39.21.   Story -

Chantz Sawyers (High Point Christian Academy/Florida) 400 45.40 PR, 4x100 38.86.   Story -


Tamara Clark (High Point Central HS/Alabama) 11.21 +1.9, 200 22.73 +0.5, 4x100 43.41.   Story -

Anna Cockrell (Charlotte Providence Day/Southern Cal) 100H 12.99 +2.6, 4x400 3:30.57.   Story -

Lauren Evans (Fayetteville Pine Forest HS/NCState) Shot Put 53-10.25 PR.   Story -

Charminiqu Hackney (Southeast Raleigh HS/Alabama State) 4x100 44.72.   Story =

Elly Henes (Cary Green Hope HS/NC State) 5000 16:15.24.   Story -

Ebony Williams (Winston-Salem Parkland HS/Clemson) 4x100 44.07.  Story -

Let NCPrepTrack know of anyone left off this list. (NCPrepTrack email)

(Posted May. 23, 2018)
Story on former Hendersonville HS star Grant Rivers:

With outdoor track over, Rivers focusing on Ph.D. -

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NC State Extends Contracts of Geiger and Henes -

(Posted May. 17, 2018)
What may be the fastest ever recorded (MPH) sprint in history:

Jamaican's 150m in Manchester in 2009 was the fastest race of all time -

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What sets track and field recruiting apart from other sports - USA TODAY High School Sports

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Former West Carteret HS star Emme Fischer has won an award at UNC-Wilmington:

Former county athletes rack up honors -

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News items on Sandhills Community College:

First-year Flyers Make Big Statement at NJCAA Track and Field National Championships -

'Cinderella Story': First-Year Flyer Program Shines at National Track Event -

Results: National Junior College Athletic Association Div. III Championships -

Sandhills Community College Track & Field

(Posted May. 16, 2018)
Attention Pole Vault athletes, coaches & fans:

The Freedom Vault will be held Saturday, June 30th on Oak Island, NC.


(Posted May. 8, 2018)
Those of you who are fans and/or subscribers to Track & Field News already know this, but the magazine will be free online until May 3, when most of the magazine will be hidden behind a paywall, for subscribers only.

This is part of TFN's transition from a printed paper monthly magazine to an all-digital format. That was a sad step, but necessary for the survival of the magazine.

Track & Field News was a printed paper product from February 1948 to December 2017. I began subscribing in 1966, and although I've given away many back issues or tossed them in the recycling bin, I still have several boxes of old issues.

Back in the mid-1970s while I was in grad school at Oregon, Track & Field News had an opening for a staff writer, which I applied for. I didn't get the position, but enjoyed a nice flight to San Francisco and a day meeting with T&FN's small staff in their Los Altos and Mountain View offices at the time.

Track & Field News' current issue is available at this link:

The magazine has had a website with some free material for over 20 years now, and much of that will remain available at no cost:

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Picking The Correct Board In The Triple Jump -

(Posted Apr. 30, 2018)
A video from this past weekend with Keni Harrison (Clayton HS/University of Kentucky):

Keni Harrison - 1st Women's 100m Hurdles - Drake Relays 2018 - DyeStat

Keni Harrison won the women's 100-meter hurdles at the 109th Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. Harrison clocked a wind-aided 12.37 seconds, the fastest time in the world this year under all conditions, securing her third consecutive title.

(Posted Apr. 22, 2018)
An interesting article on pay for high school coaches:

Here's how CMS coaches, athletic directors finally received raises -

(Posted Apr. 21, 2018)
Keni Harrison (Clayton HS/University of Kentucky) appears in the following Track & Field News story about Coach Edrick Floreal:

Edrick Floreal In Charge At Hurdles Central -

(Posted Apr. 20, 2018)
A story on former Wake Forest-Rolesville HS sprinter Bryce Love:

Why Wake Forest's star runner Bryce Love passed up the NFL and returned to Stanford - N&O

Love anchored as a sophomore the winning 2013 NCHSAA 4A 4x100 team that ran 41.30, and still ranks as the 12th fastest ever on the NC All-Time List.

(Posted Apr. 16, 2018)
Araybian Lilly (West Montgomery HS) has signed a NLI with Appalachian State University. Araybian will participate in the sprints.

Araybian Lilly: Signing Photo

Lilly has personal bests of 12.50 (100), 24.97 (200), 57.41 (400, indoors). Indoors she also has bests of 26.13 (200), 41.21 (300), and 1:16.79 (500).

Lilly was named the M.V.P. at the 2017 NCHSAA 1A Championships, winning the 100 (12.65 +0.7), 400 (58.33) and 200 (25.36 +0.3). She won the 500 in both the 2017 and 2018 1A/2A Indoor Championships (1:16.79 & 1:17.99) and also the 300 (41.34) in 2018.

Appalachian State University Website

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Alabama freshman Tamara Clark (High Point Central HS) had the fastest 200 time (22.57 -0.7) Friday at the Tom Jones Memorial in Gainesville, Florida. Her time ranks 7th all-time on the US Junior list.

2nd in the same section was NC State junior Gabriele Cunningham (Charlotte Mallard Creek HS) in 23.31. Cunningham also ran a 11.25w (+2.4) 100 to place 4th.

In the Men's 100, NC State sophomore Cravont Charleston (Charlotte Mallard Creek HS) was 4th in 10.10w +4.1.

At the same meet, Florida freshman Chantz Sawyers (High Point Christian) was 3rd in the 400 with a 45.71.

NC State wraps up at Tom Jones Memorial, Charlotte Invitational -

Gators rack up NCAA Top 10s -

Results: Tom Jones Memorial -

Who was Tom Jones?  No, not that one. (It's not unusual to think of him first.)  Tom Jones was a NCAA Champion sprinter at UCLA in the 60s and later helped to build NC State's track program as head coach for 6 years before moving on to successful jobs at Texas-ElPaso, Arizona State, and Florida.

I recall attending several coaching clinics back in the 80s where he gave excellent presentations.

Tom Jones bio #1 - | Tom Jones bio #2 -

(Posted Apr. 15, 2018)
Gray Creek's Crosby signs with Coker track -

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A news item on former Tarboro HS star Todd Gurley:

Tarboro's Todd Gurley gives back with football camp -

Gurley was the 2011 NCHSAA 2A Champion in the 110 Hurdles (14.13 -0.4) and anchored Tarboro's 4x100 relay in 2010 that set a 2A meet record of 42.50.

(Posted Apr. 12, 2018)
Hendersonville track standout to run in college -

(Posted Apr. 11, 2018)
Kannapolis A.L. Brown senior Cambrea Sturgis has signed with NC A&T. Sturgis has best performances of 11.71 (+1.9), 23.65 nwi, and 55.24, and indoor bests of 7.08 (55m), 7.64 (60m), 24.50 (200m), and 40.00 (300m).

Cambrea Sturgis: Signing Photo

NC A&T Website | Aggies Track & Field -

NC College Signings Page -

MileSplit Signings Hub

(Posted Apr. 9, 2018)
Former North Mecklenburg HS runner Vincent Crisp won the 800 at Saturday's Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Arizona. His time, 1:46.31 is the fastest by an American outdoors this year.

Anna Cockrell (Charlotte Providence Day School/University of Southern California) won the Women's 100m Hurdles at the same meet, running 12.89 (-0.9), the fastest time by a college athlete this year. Cockrell also won the 400m Hurdles in 58.30.

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Friday at The Battle Of The Blues (triangular meet between Duke/UNC/Michigan) in Durham, UNC's Marcus Krah (Durham Hillside HS) won the 110m Hurdles in 14.21 (+0.5). The time is 6th-best in the ACC this season.

Duncan Becomes Fastest Woman in UNC History -

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At the Gamecock Invitational Saturday in Columbia, South Carolina, Isaiah Moore (Burlington Cummings/South Carolina/unattached) was 2nd in the 110H, 13.88 (+1.0). Earlier in his heat Moore ran 13.73 (+1.7).

In the same meet Dylan Peebles (Raleigh Wakefield HS/NC State) won the 200 in a PR 20.66 (+1.4).

NC State Wins Seven Events at Gamecock Invitational -

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At the Crimson Tide Invitational Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Alabama freshman Tamara Clark (High Point Central HS/Alabama) won the 100 in 11.33 (+1.0). Clark also ran on Alabama's winning 4x100 and 4x400 relays. They ran 43.48 (5th-fastest in school history) and 3:38.87.

Field Events Shine for Alabama -

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2018 Collegiate Outdoor Lists (as of 4/3) -

2018 US Lists (as of 4/4): Women | Men -

(Posted Apr. 8, 2018)
Darrin Ball, who served as Girls Track Coach for 13 years (1989-2003) at T.C. Roberson High School in Asheville, is one of the 2018 inductees into the school's "Ring of Gold" which honors those demontrating excellence in Roberson athletics. Ball's teams won three State 3A championships and ten 3A Regional Championships and 12 conference championships.

Roberson to honor past standouts -

(Posted Apr. 6, 2018)
Highlighting Acceleration Training For Distance Runners - MileSplit

(Posted Apr. 2, 2018)
I discovered this interesting sidenote yesterday but didn't post it because it might have been taken as an April Fool's joke.

At February's NCHSAA 4A Indoor Championships in the Boys 3200, the top 13 finishers were all from the same county ... Wake.

Results: 2018 NCHSAA 4A Indoor Championships

(Posted Apr. 1, 2018)
Recent High Point Christian Academy grad and current University of Florida freshman Chantz Sawyers ran the 3rd leg on Florida's 3:01.00 4x400 this weekend at the 74th Florida Relays. The time leads the NCAA Division I. Sawyers' split was 45.29.

Sawyers also ran the 2nd leg on Florida's 39.16 4x100, which is currently #5 in NCAA Division I.

Gators Close Pepsi Florida Relays with Seven National Top-Fives -

Gators thrive off crowd energy on final day of Florida Relays -

Meet Website | Complete Results -

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At the Texas Relays last weekend in Austin, Tevin Hester (Granville Central HS/Clemson) won Section I of the 100 in a wind-aided 10.09w (+2.7). Section II was won in 10.01w (+4.1) by Cameron Burrell.

Scott Houston (Northwest Guilford HS/UNC) was 5th in the Pole Vault at 18-5.25/5.62 behind Renaud Lavillenie (France), Shawn Barber (Canada), Mondo Duplantis (Louisiana high school) and Stanley Joseph (France).

Lavillenie, Barber, Duplantis all make 19-5 - DyeStat

Complete Results - Texas Relays

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Another former North Carolina high school star appears in this April Fool's Story -

(Posted Mar. 28, 2018)
Possible new indoor 200m Banked Track in Virginia Beach? -

(Posted Mar. 9, 2018)
TC Roberson High School in Asheville is seeking to fill a head coaching vacancy in girls cross country.

For more information, contact athletic director Laura Beatty (828.654.1765 | or boys head cross country coach Andrew Devine (828.231.1518 |

(Posted Mar. 7, 2018)
Irwin Belk was a wealthy fellow from Charlotte who was behind providing nice track and field facilities at 29 schools and colleges. I learned today that he recently passed away. Here's an interesting 2/28 article on Belk from the business section of The Charlotte Observer as well as an obituary which has a nice quote at the end:

Prominent member of Belk family who helped create UNC Charlotte dies at age 95 - The Charlotte Observer

Obituary: Irwin "Ike" Belk - The Charlotte Observer

(Posted Mar. 4, 2018)
Quanera Hayes (Gray's Creek HS/Livingstone College) ran the leadoff leg on the United States' winning Women's 4x400 Sunday at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, England. Hayes' split was 51.56.

Women's 4x400 Report -

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Craig Engels (Pfafftown Reagan HS/NC State/U. of Mississippi) placed 7th in the Men's 1500 (3:58.92). The Final developed into a very tactical race with the first 400 covered in 1:15.84 and the 800 in 2:23.68. The winning time was 3:58.19.

Men's 1500 Report -

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Scott Houston (Northwest Guilford HS/UNC) tied for 13th in the Men's Pole Vault.

Men's Pole Vault Report -

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On Saturday, Keni Harrison (Clayton HS/University of Kentucky) won the Women's 60m Hurdles in a new Championship Record of 7.70 and tied the US Record:

Keni Harrison wins World Championship -

Americans take top 2 spots in Women's 60m Hurdles - DyeStat

Harrison dominates 60m Hurdles in 7.70 -

Harrison wins Gold in Record Time -

World Indoor Championships: Day Three Wrap -

(Posted Mar. 3, 2018)
A preview of the Women's 60m Hurdles at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, England:

Stuart Weir provides a preview of the Women's 60 meter hurdles -

Live Results/Time Schedule -

(Posted Feb. 26, 2018)
An excellent performance by former Bartlett Yancey HS and current NC State athlete Josh Davis:

NC State's Josh Davis Takes Over Collegiate Weight Throw Lead at ACC - DyeStat

Davis Wins Weight Throw on Day 2 of ACC Championships -

(Posted Feb. 22, 2018)
Not a North Carolina story, but still a good article on a coach in a neighboring state:

Branching Out - MileSplit

(Posted Feb. 19, 2018)
Keni Harrison (Clayton HS/University of Kentucky) placed 2nd in the 60m Hurdles to earn a berth to compete March 2-3 at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, England. Harrison equaled her personal best of 7.72.

Nelvis now No. 3 all-time 60mH performer at 7.70 - DyeStat

Amazing final day at USATF Indoors! -

Coleman destroys World Rec; American Rec for Nelvis -

Craig Engels (Pfafftown Reagan HS/NC State/U. of Mississippi) placed 3rd in the 1500 (3:43.29) behind Paul Chelimo (3:42.91) and Ben Blankenship (3:43.09).

Engels will take Chelimo's spot on the US Team for the World Championships because he has met the World Indoor standard and Chelimo has not.

Oregon athletes qualify for world indoor meet -

Coleman breaks World Record at USATF Indoor -

Hill take high road in USATF 3000 -

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Freshman Connor Lane (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons/Stanford University) won the Pan American under-20 men's cross country championship Saturday in El Salvador. Earlier this month Lane had won the U20 championship at the USATF Championships in Tallahassee, Florida.

Lane wins Pan Am title -

Stanford freshman Connor Lane follows USATF Jr. title with victory in El Salvador - DyeStat

(Posted Feb. 18, 2018)
Vaulter Scott Houston (Northwest Guilford HS/UNC) scored his biggest pro victory by upsetting reigning champion Sam Kendricks at the USATF Indoor Championships in Albuquerque.

Houston, who had a previous indoor PR of 18-8.75, and outdoor PR of 18-11.5, cleared 19-1.5 to win his first national title. He qualified for the US team to compete at the IAAF World Indoor Championships March 4 in Birmingham, England.

Houston, 27, won NCHSAA 4A Indoor titles in 2007 (15-3) and 2008 (16-6), setting All-Classification State Meet Records both years. Outdoors he won 4A titles in 2007 (15-5) and 2008 (16-0).

His best high school performance outdoors was 16-3 and indoors 16-10.

Houston hands Kendricks rare loss on American soil to secure first national title - DyeStat

Interview - DyeStat

Lawson and Houston Impress at US Indoor Championships -

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Also Saturday at the Indoor Nationals, Ryan Hill (Hickory HS/NC State) placed 3rd in the Men's 3000m (7:58.69).

Erik Kynard makes history with fifth straight indoor HJ -

(Posted Feb. 15, 2018)
Keni Harrison (Clayton HS/University of Kentucky), Quanera Hayes (Gray's Creek HS/Livingstone College), and Craig Engels (Pfafftown Reagan HS/NC State/U. of Mississippi) are mentioned in the following preview of this coming weekend's US Indoor Championships in Albuquerque:

Preview - 10 Storylines To Follow at USATF Indoor Championships 2018 -

(Posted Feb. 13, 2018)
Interesting statistic:

Kalynn Mcnair (Asheboro HS) triple jumped 38-1.25 in the 2017 NCHSAA 3A Indoor Championships as a junior.

In the 2018 Championships she jumped, yep, 38-1.25.

Both marks were good for 2nd-place. She ranks 40th on North Carolina's All-Time Indoor List.

(Posted Feb. 12, 2018)
Craig Engels (Pfafftown Reagan HS/NC State/U. of Mississippi) won the Mile Saturday at the David Hemery Invitational in Boston, in a PR 3:53.93. The time makes him the American Indoor Leader for 2018. It also makes Engels the fastest-ever miler indoors from the state of North Carolina, with the previous best being 3:55.0 by former Polk County HS/UNC star Tony Waldrop. Waldrop had a best outdoor time of 3:53.2 (1974 Penn Relays). Engels' time at 1500m Saturday was 3:38.53.

Meet Results -

Engels blasts a 3:53.93 with his tongue out the last lap -

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Also Friday night, Keni Harrison (Clayton HS/University of Kentucky) tied the American Record in the 60m Hurdles with a 7.72 at the Tiger Paw Invitational at Clemson. Two others broke 8 sec behind her, including University of Southern California's Anna Cockrell (Charlotte Providence Day School). Cockrell ran a PR of 7.96.

Harrison's time makes her the 2018 World Leader, and has only bettered by two other women in history. (Susanna Kallur 7.68 and Ludmila Engquist 7.69)

Keni Harrison hurdles 7.72 WL -

Keni Harrison ties LoLo Jones AR with 7.72 at Clemson -

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Former North Mecklenburg HS star Stephen Haas appears in this story on Edward Cheserek:

Q&A With The Man Who Is Now Coaching Edward Cheserek -

Cheserek last weekend ran the 2nd-fastest indoor Mile ever (3:49.44).

Haas was 11th in the 1999 Foot Locker Cross Country Nationals as a junior. He was 2000 NCHSAA Cross Country Champion, and won state indoor titles in 2001 (4:18.31 & 9:38.01). Outdoors he won the 4A 1600 (4:16.29) & 3200 (9:28.44) in 2001. He had high school bests of 4:12.90 and 9:06.97i (indoors).

(Posted Feb. 2, 2018)
Ryan Walling joins Western Kentucky track & field staff as distance coach -

(Posted Jan. 30, 2018)
Keni Harrison (Clayton HS/University of Kentucky) won the 60m Dash (7.37) and 200m (23.31) last weekend at the Indiana Relays in Bloomington. The 200 time was an indoor best for Harrison.

Quick Recap: Indiana Relays | Complete Results

Craig Engels (Pfafftown Reagan HS/NC State/U. of Mississippi) won the Mile with a PR 3:57.35 at the Dr. Sander Invitational at The Armory in New York City. He covered his last 400 in 55.23.

Results -

Engels, now running with the NIKE Oregon Project, is scheduled to run the Mile Saturday, February 3rd at The Camel City Elite Races in the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem.

Men's Mile To Headline Camel City Elite Races -

Mens Mile Headline Camel City Elite - MileSplit

(Posted Jan. 22, 2018)
Placing 2nd behind Christian Coleman's World Record 6.37 60m last weekend at Clemson was former Granville Central HS/Clemson sprinter Tevin Hester, with a 6.57. Hester also placed 3rd in the 200 (21.08).

University of Florida freshman Chantz Sawyers (High Point Christian Academy) ran the 3rd leg on on the Gators' winning 4x400. Their 3:03.49 is the 8th fastest time in collegiate history and the school's 2nd-best ever. Florida's splits were: 45.93, 45.85, 46.46, and 45.25.

Results - Clemson Invitational -

4x400 Relays Post NCAA-Leading Times -

Tigers Wrap Up Clemson Invitational -

(Posted Jan. 20, 2018)
Recalling the 1960s, when I first became a fan of track & field and started getting monthly issues of Track & Field News, I remember the 600-yard Run as being a hugely popular event on the indoor circuit.

The "indoor circuit"? It was a series of annual indoor meets held throughout January and February in San Francisco (The Cow Palace), New York (Madison Square Garden), Detroit (Cobo Hall), Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Cleveland, Toronto, Kansas City, Albuquerque, etc.

Many of these meets were run on wood, 10-lap-to-the-Mile (176 yard) banked tracks.

And the 600-yard event was very popular.

Former North Mecklenburg HS runner Vincent Crisp is now the Collegiate Indoor Record Holder for the event:

Crisp takes down Haley's record - DyeStat

Tech's Vincent Crisp breaks NCAA record -

Two Red Raiders Clinch School Records -

(Posted Jan. 19, 2018)
Scott Houston's recent PR in Reno (see item below) has been invalidated, along with all performances in the Elite Men's competition. It was discoverd that the standards had 75mm pegs instead of the required 55mm pegs.

Use of wrong pegs result in several records, personal bests not being validated in Reno - DyeStat

(Posted Jan. 15, 2018)
Vaulter Scott Houston (Northwest Guilford HS/UNC) set a PR of 18-7.5 (5.68m) Friday at the Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nevada. Houston placed 3rd in the Men's competition.

Quanera Hayes (Gray's Creek HS/Livingstone College) won the 200 (23.02) at the Arkansas Invitational Friday in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Tevin Hester (Granville Central HS/Clemson) won the 60 (6.59) at the Orange & Purple meet in Clemson, SC. Hester also ran 33.49 to place 2nd in the 2nd section of the 300.

Former Clayton HS/University of Kentucky hurdler Keni Harrison won the 60mH (7.82) at the Kentucky Invitational in Lexington, KY. Harrison also won the 200 (23.16). Her time was on a 290m unbanked track.

Gabriele Cunningham (Charlotte Mallard Creek HS/NC State) won the 60mH (8.22) Saturday at the Carolina Cup in Chapel Hill. Cunningham also placed 2nd in the 60 (7.35).

Craig Engels (Pfafftown Reagan HS/NC State/U. of Mississippi), won the 3000 (7:55.66) Saturday at the Washington Preview in Seattle.

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