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WALKER LEADS BURLINGTON CUMMINGS TO TITLE IN NCHSAA WOMENíS 2-A TRACK AND FIELD;
SALISBURY TAKES TOP HONORS IN MENíS TEAM COMPETITION BEHIND MORRIS
GREENSBORO Ė Sherice Walker of Burlington Cummings won three individual events to lead her team to the state title on Friday in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A womenís track and field championships at the Irwin Belk Track on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University.
Walker, who was voted the Most Valuable Performer in the womenís meet, took top honors in the long jump, triple jump and the 100 meter hurdles as Cummings won its fourth consecutive team crown and eighth womenís track title since 1994.
Cummings tallied 80 points to 49 for runner-up Hillsborough Cedar Ridge. Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons was third with 45 points, followed by Salisbury (41), West Henderson (34) and Southern Vance (33). A total of 53 teams tallied points in the womenís meet.
Halsey Merritt of Cardinal Gibbons finished first in both individual distance events, the 1600 and 3200, and ran a leg on the victorious 3200 meter relay team. Cedar Ridge teams swept both the 400 and 800 meter relays while Tremonisha Taylor of Southern Vance took the discus and was second in the shot put.
The menís team race was extremely tight, but Romar Morris of Salisbury won both the 100 and 200 to help lift the Hornets to the menís championship and earn meet MVP honors. Salisbury tallied 55 points to 49 for runner-up East Lincoln.
Defending team champion Shelby placed third with 44 points, followed by Cummings (38), Cardinal Gibbons (32) and North Pitt (31). The menís meet saw 53 teams score points.
Wilkes Centralís Chase Miller dominated the distance events, finishing 15 seconds ahead of the field in the 3200 and also winning the 1600.
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