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GREENSBORO Ė It went down to the final event of the day before Asheville T.C. Roberson slipped past Winston-Salem Parkland to win the team title in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A womenís track and field championships at the Irwin Belk Track on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University on Saturday.
T.C. Roberson and Parkland entered the four by 400 meter relay tied at 60 points, but Roberson finished third in the event and Parkland failed to score to secure the team title for Roberson. Roberson had 66 points to 60 for Parkland with Greensboro Dudley moving into third with 59.
Junior Laura Hoer helped lead Roberson to the title and was named the Most Valuable Performer of the womenís meet. She won the 1600, finished second in the 800, and anchored a pair of relays, including the four by 400 which finished third and the four by 800 team which took the state title.
Jacksonville White Oak and Winterville South Central tied for fourth with 33, followed by Gastonia Forestview at 28. A total of 49 schools tallied points in the womenís meet.
Senior Stormy Kendrick of Gastonia Forestview won both the 100 and 200 meter events.
In the menís competition, Waxhaw Marvin Ridge captured top team honors with 64 points, 17 ahead of runner-up Kannapolis A.L. Brown. Dudley and Southwest Guilford were deadlocked in third place with 36 points, followed by Northern Nash (30), Nash Central (28) and Asheville (27).
There were 56 schools scoring points in the menís meet.
Cordell Livingston of Southwest Guilford was the MVP of the menís meet. He took first place in both hurdle events, finished third in the triple jump and fourth in the long jump.
Senior Brandon Hairston of Winston-Salem Carver was a double winner in both the 200 and 400 while. Senior distance runner Steven Bollinger of Charlotte Olympic was also a double winner with victories in both the 1600 and 3200 meters and Dudley competitor Avery Griffin won both the long jump and triple jump.
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