Saturday, February 14, 2009

Five area champions in N.C. 3A/2A/1A track meet

Olympic High’s Steven Bollinger won the 3,200-meter championship at the N.C. 3A/2A/1A meet Saturday in Chapel Hill.

Bollinger, a senior, finished in 9 minutes, 37.55 seconds, and edged Asheville’s John Harwell (9:38.31). Bollinger also finished third in the boys’ 1,600-meter run.

Marvin Ridge had two state champions – Diego Lawrence in the long jump and Austin Jackson in the 500 meters. Lawrence, a senior, won with a jump of 23 feet, four inches, well ahead of runner-up Cordell Livington (Southwest Guilford), who jumped 22-7 1/2.

In the girls’ meet, Gastonia Forestview’s Stormy Kendrick won the state title in the 55-meter dash. Her time of 7.04 seconds edged Northwest Cabarrus’ Sushannie Blake, who ran 7.06. Blake also finished second in the 300.

East Rutherford’s Gayshawna Watkins dominted the girls’ shot put. Her state-championship toss of 40 feet, 6 inches was more than four feet better than runner-ip Alisha Bradshaw (Salisbury).

Indian Trail Sun Valley won the girls’ 4x800 meter relay in 9:56.56. The relay was seniors Kayla Price, Amy Hofmann and Jessica Thompson, and junior Samantha Sawyer.

Olympic’s Kenyetta Iyevbele, a junior, was second in the girls’ 1,600 meters and sixth in the 1,000 meters.

Sherice Walker (Burlington Cummings) won three events to help her school win its third straight girls’ state title. She repeated as the meet’s most valuable performer, and won the triple jump, long jump and 55 meters.

Marvin Ridge (45 points) finished third in the boys’ meet, which was won by Southwest Guilford (51). Asheville (48 points) was second.

Cordell Livingston (Southwest Guilford) won the 55-meter hurdles and the triple jump, and was second in the long jump to earn most valuable performer. His time of 7.47 seconds in the hurdles established a new 1-A/2-A/3-A state record.

Hendersonville's Darryl Demps set a new classification record in the 300 meter dash (35.77) and ran the lead leg on the 4x400 relay team that established a new classification mark of 3:28.19.

- Cliff Mehrtens