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GREENSBORO -- 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 has its second consecutive weekend of state track and field championships.
The weekend of competition will feature 2-A championships for both men and women on Friday, and then on Saturday the 4-A 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 were held last weekend.
Action in the field events will begin at 11 am and running events will start at noon on Friday, while Saturdayís schedule opens with field events at 10 am and running events at 11 am. It will be the 89th annual menís championships and the 38th annual renewal of the womenís event.
In the 4-A menís competition, New Bern will be seeking its fourth consecutive state team title and won its regional event last weekend. Other regional champs included Southeast Raleigh, Winston-Salem Mount Tabor and East Burke.
Fayetteville E.E. Smith athlete Ben Major won all four events he participated in during last weekendís regional and East Burke junior Tanner Anderson soared to an amazing height of seven feet, two and one-half inches in the West Regional.
Southeast Raleigh, Durham Jordan, Mount Tabor and Charlotte Myers Park won the 4-A womenís regional competitions. Matthews David Butler is the defending 4-A womenís champ.
Among 2-A menís programs, Shelby, East Lincoln, Cardinal Gibbons and North Brunswick captured regional titles so Shelby will certainly be a contender to defend its state championship. West Henderson won its sixth consecutive West Regional title and joins Salisbury, Burilngton Cummings and Swansboro as regional titlists. Cummings, a perennial track power, is the defending 2-A womenís champ.
The Greensboro Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Greensboro Sports Commission are serving as the host city sponsors for the event.
Event: NCHSAA Track and Field Championships, 2-A and 4-A classifications
Date: May 22-23, 2009, with 2-A men and women on May 22 and 3-A men and women on May 23
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, Matthews David Butler; men: 2-A. Shelby; 4-A, New Bern.
Of Interest: Nine classification records were broken last Friday in the NCHSAA state 1-A championships.
Host City Sponsors: Greensboro Sports Commission, Greensboro Convention and Visitors Bureau