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(Posted Sep. 13, 2019)
Latest on the NCHSAA's Grant Program:

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association Grant Program -

(Posted Sep. 12, 2019)
At the 1991 NCHSAA 4-A Outdoor Championships Morganton Freedom's Robert Johnson placed 2nd in the Triple Jump (47-8.25), helping his team to a 3rd-place finish behind Richmond County and Charlotte Garinger.

Johnson competed for Appalachian State where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1996, and was a two-time triple jump All-American (1995, '96), NCAA high jump qualifier (1996) and school high jump record holder (7-1 3/4).

He later served as an assistant coach there for 6 years (1997-2003), coached 28 individual Southern Conference champions and 14 NCAA qualifiers.

Johnson then was an assistant coach at UCLA for two years and coordinated its strength and conditioning program.

Johnson served as an assistant and associate head coach at the University of Oregon from 2005 to 2012, and in the summer of 2012 was elevated to head coach of the Oregon track & field and cross country programs.

In the following story Johnson shares his enthusiasm about Oregon's new Hayward Field track & field facility.

Oregon Ducks track coach Robert Johnson beams over new Hayward Field facility -

(Posted Sep. 7, 2019)
Former Reagan HS star Craig Engels set a 1500m PR (3:34.04) and met the qualifying standard for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at the year's final Diamond League meet - The Van Damme Memorial in Brussels, Belgium. Engels placed 5th in the race.

Meet Results

Brussels Diamond League Final Brings 2019 Diamond League Season to a Close -

(Posted Aug. 28, 2019)
Four former North Carolina high school stars will be on the U.S. Team for The Match - Europe vs. USA, Sept. 9-10 in Minsk, Belarus:

-- Craig Engels (Pfafftown Reagan HS/Mississippi) - Men's 1500

-- Scott Houston (Northwest Guilford HS/UNC) - Men's Pole Vault

-- Kenyetta Iyevbele (Charlotte Olympic HS/NC State) - Women's 800

-- Shakeela Saunders (Fayetteville E.E. Smith HS/University of Kentucky) - Women's Long Jump

USATF Sending 139 Athletes to Compete Against Europe in The Match -

Team USATF roster for The Match Europe vs. USA - Minsk 2019 -

Meet Website: The Match, Europe vs USA

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Nationally, Track and Field was the sport with the largest increase in high school participation for the 2018-19 school year.

High School Sports Participation Drops in 2018-19; Football Down for 5th Straight Year -

(Posted Aug. 27, 2019)
This doesn't pertain to cross country or track & field, but is a good story:

Athletics bring students from Cherokee and Lincoln Charter together -

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This looks like an interesting new book on high school cross country:

'Amazing Racers' Charts The Indomitable Rise Of Fayetteville-Manlius Cross Country -

(Posted Aug. 8, 2019)
Keni Harrison (Clayton HS/University of Kentucky) will compete Sunday, August 18th at the Muller Grand Prix in Birmingham (England).

Harrison and Williams to Clash in Birmingham Hurdles -

Harrison takes on Williams in Birmingham showdown -

Meet Website

(Posted Aug. 7, 2019)
Rollie Geiger, who has been Men's Head Cross Country Coach at NC State since 1981, is one of six named to be inducted in 2019 to the USTFCCCA Coaches Hall of Fame.

Rollie Geiger Named to USTFCCCA Coaches Hall of Fame Class of 2019 -

USTFCCCA Coaches Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Announced -

(Posted Aug. 3, 2019)
Fans of The Penn Relays may enjoy this:

125 years of Franklin Field: The history of the oldest college stadium in the country - The Daily Pennsylvanian

(Posted July 24, 2019)
Heat Sheets for the Nationals (2019 Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships) Thursday - Sunday, 7/25 - 7/28 in Des Moines, Iowa are now posted: (.pdf file)

Meet Program -   Meet Time Schedule   Meet Website

  -- Several former North Carolina high school athletes are entered. Among recognized names are:

Kenyetta Iyevbele (Charlotte Olympic HS/NC State) - 800 (Heat 3 of 4)

Gabriele Cunningham (Charlotte Mallard Creek HS/NC State) - 100m Hurdles (Heat 1 of 4)

Keni Harrison (Clayton HS/University of Kentucky) - 100m Hurdles (Heat 4 of 4)

Anna Cockrell (Charlotte Providence Day/Southern Cal) - 400m Hurdles (Heat 2 of 2)

Sha'Keela Saunders (Fayetteville E.E. Smith HS/University of Kentucky) - Long Jump (Flight 2 of 2)

Khayla Dawson (Charlotte Olympic HS/Indiana) - Shot Put (Flight 1 of 2)

Cravont Charleston (Charlotte Mallard Creek HS/NC State) - 100 (Heat 3 of 4)

Rodney Rowe (Clayton HS/NC A&T) - 200 (Heat 1 of 5)

Trentavis Friday (Cherryville HS/Florida State) 200 (Heat 4 of 5)

Quashawn Cunningham (Charlotte Mallard Creek HS/NC State) - 200 (Heat 5 of 5)

Vincent Crisp (North Mecklenburg HS/Texas Tech) - 800 (Heat 2 of 4)

Graham Crawford (Burlington Williams HS/NC State) - 1500 (Heat 2 of 3)

Craig Engels (Pfafftown Reagan HS/Mississippi) - 1500 (Heat 2 of 3)

Isaiah Moore (Burlington Cummings/South Carolina) - 110m Hurdles (Heat 2 of 3)

Johnny Dutch (Clayton HS/University of South Carolina) - 400m Hurdles (Heat 4 of 4)

Alphonso Jordan (Huntersville Hopewell HS/Georgia Tech) - Triple Jump (Flight 1 of 2)

Scott Houston (Northwest Guilford HS/UNC) - Pole Vault (Flight 1 of 1)

  -- Related Links:

Pack Athletes Set To Compete At USATF Outdoor Championships -

Five Hoosiers set to compete at USA Track & Field Championships -

Trentavis Friday's Florida State profile

(Posted July 14, 2019)
Former Reagan HS star Craig Engels placed 2nd in the 800 July 9th at the Sunset Tour meet in Azusa, California. His time, 1:44.68 is a PR.  Bryce Hoppel won in 1:44.48.

Meet Results -

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Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill HS/Appalachian State) placed 14th among women June 22nd in the Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota with a time of 2:40.04. It was her first marathon.

(Posted July 13, 2019)
Rising North Iredell senior Jonna Strange placed 2nd among women in Thursday's annual running of The Bear -- a five-mile race that climbs 1568 feet in elevation from the town of Linville, NC to the top of Grandfather Mountain. Her time was 39:25.6 and she was 30th overall.   37th was rising Watauga HS senior Sophia Ritter, in 40:01.3.

The women's winner was Joanna Thompson (36:13.1), a former NC State runner who now runs for Zap Fitness. The race, now in its 25th year, attracted 867 runners from 26 states.

25th Bear Foot Race Returns for The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games -

ZAP runners win The Bear races -

Taylorsville teen conquers a Bear of a foot race -

Compete Results -

More on The Bear (Official Website)

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At the Monaco Diamond League meet, Keni Harrison won the 100m Hurdles in 12.43 (+0.1) -- her seasonal best, and the fastest by an American in 2019. 2nd was Danielle Williams of Jamaica, 12.52.

Meet Results -     Meet Recap - DyeStat     Recap -

(Posted July 11, 2019)
Former Clayton HS/University of Kentucky star, Keni Harrison won the 100m Hurdles in 12.60 (+0.8) Tuesday at the Istvan Gyulai Memorial Meet in Hungary. Nia Ali (12.63) was 2nd and Sharika Nelvis 3rd in 12.66. All 8 hurdlers broke 13 seconds.

Meet Results (Scroll down to "19:20 100 m gat - noi ...Eredmenyek")

(Posted June 23, 2019)
Former Green Hope HS runner Elly Henes broke NC State's School Record in the 5000 June 13th at the Adrian Martinez Classic in Concord, MA. Her time of 15:31.97 broke the record which had stood for 36 years (15:33.43 by Betty Springs in 1983).

Henes sets Program Record at Adrian Martinez Classic -

Results: Women's 5000 -

(Posted June 19, 2019)
Better late than never...

Here are some results of former North Carolina High School stars in the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships two weekends ago in Austin, TX:

Junior Anna Cockrell (Southern California) 1st 400H, 55.23
...also 5th, 100H, 12.80 +0.6
...ran on USC's 8th place 4x400, 3:35.55
,,,52.28 leg in Prelims, 3:28.31q

Isaiah Moore (South Carolina) 3rd in 110H, 13.37 (+0.8) PR.

Freshman Cambria Sturgis (NC A&T) 3rd in 200, 22.40 (+1.3) PR
..also 5th in 100 Semi, 11.22 +0.6
..also ran 1st leg of 6th place 4x100, 43.09

Soph Chantz Sawyers (Florida) 7th in 400, 45.24 PR
Also 44.5 split, 2nd leg of Florida's 2nd-place 4x400, 2:59.60 (4th-fastest NCAA school ever).

Soph Tamara Clark (Alabama) 7th in 100 Semi, 11.34
..also 3rd in 2nd of three 200 Semis, 22.80 +1.3
..also anchored Alabama's 5th-place 4x100, 43.00

Vincent Crisp (Texas Tech) 8th in 800, 1:47.48. (1:47.46 Semi 2 days earlier)

Ian Shanklin (NC State) 11th in 5000, 14:13.57.

Freshman Jamar Davis (NC State) 23rd in TJ, 50-1.75

Source: Track & Field

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UNC Looking for a new Head Track & Field Coach -

(Posted June 18, 2019)
MileSplit now has Alumni Rankings available (and apparently free, without a PRO Membership required). Here's the best in each event all-time by former North Carolina high school athletes:

Men   Women

Note that the rankings go back only to the year 2000, and 20th-century performances are not included. The "Grade" column apparently indicates the year they graduated from high school.

(Posted June 17, 2019)
Former Clayton HS/University of South Carolina hurdler Johnny Dutch, now 30, is currently racing in Europe.

Thursday (6/13) he won the 400H in Herouville, France in 50.06. Saturday (6/15) Dutch won the 400H in Samorin, Slovak Republic in 49.26.

Source: Track & Field News's eTrack Newsletter, 6/16, Vol. 17, No. 41.

(Posted June 14, 2019)
Latest on Grant Rivers (Hendersonville HS/NC State):

Former Hendersonville High star Rivers officially training for 2020 Olympics -

(Earlier stories... see Feb. 19 & 22nd)

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Not related to high school sports or to North Carolina, but still an interesting little news item from Thursday's Bislett Games in Oslo, Norway:

"Norway had a strong day on the track. In the men's 400-meter hurdles, reigning world champion Karsten Warholm stormed to a big win, running 47.33. That broke the European Athletics and meet record. It ranks him 13th on the world all-time performer list ..."

"It should also be noted that Warholm's 400-meter hurdles performance is faster than any Norwegian athlete has covered the flat 400 meters."

Source -   Results/More on the Oslo Meet -

(Posted June 6, 2019)
New Head XC/Track Coach at UNC-Asheville:

Danny Williamson named UNC-Asheville Head Coach -

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Vaulters:  The 2019 Freedom Vault will be held Thursday July 4th, at Appalachian State University in Boone.


(Posted June 2, 2019)
North Henderson HS senior Hunter White, currently #3 in the US in the 2000m Steeplechase (6:05.34) has earned another honor:

Henderson County Public Schools Recognizes 66 Top Scholars -

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There are 29 former North Carolina high school athletes competing in the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships beginning Wednesday (6/5) in Austin, Texas. You can find their school, event, and hometown by clicking on the following link and searching for "N.C.":

US Athletes Listed by Hometown -

Related article -

Meet Time Schedule/Live Results

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Clayton HS/University of Kentucky grad Kendra Harrison won the 100m Hurdles at the recent IAAF Diamond League meet in Stockholm, Sweden in rather cold conditions. Good video:

Harrison wins the 100m Hurdles

Meet Recap -

Complete Results -

(Posted May 19, 2019)
Article on former Greensboro Page HS runner Caroline Yarbrough:

Runners: Caroline Yarbrough -

(Posted May 12, 2019)
Best baton juggling I've seen in a long time:

IAAF World Relays - Day One -

(scroll down to bottom of page for video)

Also: NBC Sports footage - YouTube

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Best finish line dive I've seen in a while:

SEC Championships Report -

(scroll down to bottom of page for video)

Also: Tucker's Dive At SEC Championships Dedicated To Mom - DyeStat

(Posted May 10, 2019)
Long-time fans of track & field like myself may recall reading in old printed issues of Track & Field News about very competitive and classic annual dual meets between UCLA and USC (The University of Southern California) going back to the 60's and beyond.

In the 2019 meet former Charlotte Providence Day star Anna Cockrell won the 400H in 56.44, and placed 2nd in the 100H, 13.04 (+0.2). Cockrell also ran the 2nd leg on USC's winning 4x400.

USC's Women won over UCLA 90-69. The USC men lost to UCLA 102-60.

(Posted Apr. 23, 2019)
Two former NC high school star sprinters are among the relay pool on Team USA for the USA vs The World events at the 125th Penn Relays Saturday. These events are the 4x100, 4x400, and Sprint Medley (200/200/400/800).

Sean McLean (SE Raleigh HS/Word of God Academy) and Manteo Mitchell (Crest HS)

Team USATF Roster for Xfinity presents USA vs. The World at Penn Relays -

The USA men will have blue and red teams in the 4x100, 4x400, and SMR. Jamaica will have yellow and green teams in the 4x100, and one team in the 4x400 and SMR. Other countries include Canada, Kenya, Barbados, Haiti and Guyana.

(Posted Apr. 21, 2019)
Here's the latest on former Clayton HS and University of Kentucky star Keni Harrison:

World Record Holder Returns to Drake Stadium in 100m Hurdles -

(Posted Apr. 16, 2019)
This looks like it might be a good movie:

Review: 'Sprinter' Offers Window Into Jamaica, Cameo By Usain Bolt - DyeStat

More Info -

(Posted Apr. 7, 2019)
Former Asheville T.C. Roberson/Appalachian State runner Jennifer Kelley is one of five new 2019 inductees to T.C. Roberson's "Ring of Gold":

(Scroll down to find the section about her)

Roberson announces 2019 'Ring of Gold' inductees -

(Posted Mar. 25, 2019)
Former High Point Central HS star Tamara Clark, currently a sophomore at Alabama, recently placed 2nd in the 200 at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships (22.99).

SEC Champ Tamara Clark Has Growing Confidence - The Crimson White

(Posted Mar. 7, 2019)
A good story on former Charlotte Providence Day star Anna Cockrell, now a junior at the University of Southern California:

Anna Cockrell runs the world -

Cockrell is entered in the 60m Hurdles and 4x400 for this weekend's (March 8-9) NCAA Division I Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Alabama.

Preview: 10 Women's Storylines to Follow - DyeStat

Women's Heat Sheets - 2019 NCAA Indoor - DyeStat

NCAA Div. I Indoor Championship Central

(Posted Mar. 6, 2019)
Fans of Jack Shepard's annual High School Track & Field booklets will enjoy this excellent article on his precise maintenance of national high school records and statistics ... LONG before the inventions of the Internet, and the personal computer. Shepard, 84, has compiled lists for Track & Field News for over half-a-century.(!)

His earliest "databases" consisted of shoeboxes full of 3x5 cards.

Article/Photos: NSAF HS Track & Field HOF Inductee Jack Shepard Has Chronicled The Sport In Numbers For More Than 50 Years -

The 2019 High School Track & Field is 68 pages and costs $12.
(Includes All-Time Lists as well as Top-50 2018 performances in ALL events, including seldom-run relays)
To obtain a copy:
Make checks payable to and order from:
Jack Shepard
14551 Southfield Drive
Westminster, CA 92683
-- Contact Jack Shepard at

(Posted Mar. 5, 2019)
Coach Jim Brett, who led Tarboro's boys to NCHSAA State Track & Field titles in 1973, 1974, 1978, and 1979 is one of eight to be inducted into the NCHSAA Hall of Fame class of 2018. His Tarboro track teams won 12 conference championships and 4 East Regional titles.

Later in his career, Brett was an assistant on the Northern Nash track team that earned the 3A State Championship in 2006.

The banquet will be April 13th, at the Embassy Suites in Cary.

NCHSAA announces 8 to join the Hall of Fame - (scroll down)

(Posted Feb. 24, 2019)
Interview with Craig Engles Pfafftown Reagan HS/Mississippi.

(Posted Feb. 23, 2019)
Grant Rivers (Hendersonville HS/NC State) won the Heptathlon title Friday at the ACC Indoor Championships at Virginia Tech.

His performances were: 7.44 (60m), 21-9.5 (LJ), 40-10.25 (SP), 6-6.25 (HJ), 8.53 (60H), 14-5.25 (PV), 2:56.01 (1000m). Rivers' 5,177 points is a new school record.

Former Bearcat Rivers earns ACC heptathlon title -

Rivers, Shanklin Capture ACC Titles -

Ian Shanklin (Greensboro Page HS/NC State) won the 5000m in 14:03.53.

Philip Hall (South View HS/NC State advanced to the final in the Mile with a PR 4:06.70.

(Posted Feb. 22, 2019) today has an interview with Scott Houston (Northwest Guilford HS/UNC):

Scott Houston on Being Defending Men's Pole Vault Champion - Toyota USATF Indoor Championships

(Posted Feb. 19, 2019)
Former Hendersonville HS star Grant Rivers recently set a National Record in the pole vault for Bermuda. Rivers, currently a senior at NC State University is officially a citizen of Bermuda. He cleared 4.26 meters (13-11.75) at the Clemson Tiger Paw indoor meet on Feb. 9 in Clemson, S.C. That shattered the old Bermuda record of 3.86 meters (12-8), which was set by Brooke Onley in 1987.

Rivers' mother is Bermudian and he lived in Bermuda when he was very little. He will compete in the Heptathlon Thursday and Friday at the ACC Indoor Championships at Virginia Tech.

Source: Rivers sets Bermuda pole vault record -

(Posted Feb. 18, 2019)
Nine Questions from RunBlogRun...for Ryan Hill -

Ryan Hill is a graduate of Hickory HS (2008) and NC State University (2013). Hill was a Foot Locker National Finalist as a junior. He was 11th in the Foot Locker Nationals as a senior.

(Posted Jan. 21, 2019)
Former Kannapolis A.L. Brown HS sprinter Cambrea Sturgis, currently a freshman at NC A&T broke the school record this past weekend in the 200. She posted the 9th-fastest time (23.43) among all college women. The performance came at the Hokie Invitational at Virginia Tech and was Sturgis' first collegiate 200-meter race.

Story -   Hoke Invitational Results

(Posted Jan. 7, 2019)
For coaches and throwers (shot put or discus), Olympic bronze medalist and World Champion shot putter Reese Hoffa is giving instruction at Metrolina Christian Academy (Indian Trail) on Saturday, January 19 and at Cannon School (Concord) on Sunday, January 20.

-- Reese is currently the throws coach at the University of Georgia.
-- Instruction will be in 2-hour segments and is only $50.
-- Only 20 spots are available each day (he will work with only 5 kids at a time to maximize the one-on-one time).
** Because of the limited number of spots, this is a first-come, first-serve basis (whoever emails and confirms with Ann Buttion or Susan Vandergrift will be given first priority, and others will be put on a waiting list in case someone cancels).
** Emails to contact: and

(Posted Jan. 6, 2019)
A learn-by-doing clinic for athletes and coaches will be held Saturday, February 23rd, 12:00 to 5:00 PM. at the American Hebrew Academy, 4334 Hobbs Rd, in Greensboro.

This clinic was created four years ago to help local athletes and coaches learn more about the horizontal and high jumps, shot, discus, and hurdles.

The cost to participants is modest, and all proceeds go directly to support youth track programs.

More details and registration info at:


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