Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Busy weekend for track and field

Top athletes from across the state of North Carolina will compete in a busy weekend of track as the North Carolina High School Athletic Association begins its state track and field championships.

The weekend of competition will feature 2A championships for both boys and girls on Friday, and then on Saturday the 4A championships will be held, all at the Irwin Belk Track on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University.

The 1-A and 3-A meets will be held next weekend.

Action in the field events will begin at 11 a.m. and running events will start at noon on Friday, while Saturday's schedule opens with field events at 10 am and running events at 11 a.m. It will be the 88th annual boys' championships and the 37th annual renewal of the girls' event.

Burlington Cummings is the two-time defending state 2A girls champion while North Rowan has won the team title among 2A boys four times in the past five years. Cummings was among the regional winners in girls, along with West Henderson and Swansboro. Among the regional champions in boys action were Shelby, Southern Guilford and North Brunswick.

Harding has earned three of the last four 4A girls titles while New Bern is the two-time
defending champ among the 4A boys.

Southeast Raleigh, Apex, West Charlotte and Myers Park all took regional titles last weekend in girls' competition, while Butler, Mallard Creek, New Bern and Southeast Raleigh won 4A boys regional events.

NCHSAA FastFacts
Event: NCHSAA Track and Field Championships, 2-A and 4-A classifications
Date: May 9-10, 2008, with 2-A men and women on May 9 and 4-A men and women
on May 10
Site: Irwin Belk Track, North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro
First Held: 1913 for men, 1972 for women
Qualifiers: The top four finishers in each event, including relays,
qualified from the regional level to the state championship meet
Defending champions: women: 2-A, Burlington Cummings; 4-A, Charlotte
Harding University; men: 2-A. North Rowan; 4-A, New Bern.
Of Interest: the oldest men¹s track and field record still on the NCHSAA
books is the 1975 record-setting shot put of Mike Salzano of Northern Durham
at 61 feet, four and one-half inches.
Host City Sponsors: Greensboro Sports Commission, Greensboro Convention and
Visitors Bureau, Chick-Fil-A of Greensboro

-- Observer news services