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NORTH ROWAN'S OGLESBY LEADS CAVALIERS TO WIN 1-A MEN'S TITLE, HENDERSONVILLE CAPTURES WOMEN'S CROWN IN NCHSAA MEET
GREENSBORO -- Johnny Oglesby of North Rowan won three individual events to lead his team to the championship in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A track and field championships at the Irwin Belk Track on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University on Friday.
Oglesby was the leader for North as he won both the 110 high hurdles and the 300 intermediate hurdles as well as the long jump to earn Most Valuable Performer honors. North Rowan distanced itself from the field early, taking first place in four of the six field events as Garland Archie of North swept top honors in both the discus and the shot put.
The Cavaliers scored 116 team points to 83 for runner-up North Carolina School of Science and Math, which had won two of the last four 1-A crowns. West Montgomery was third with 47 points while Robbinsville and Hendersonville were knotted in fourth with 32 apiece. A total of 45 schools earned points in the men's meet.
A perennial track power, North Rowan reeled off nine NCHSAA 2-A titles from 1994 through 2007.
Mount Airy's Matus Kriska won the 1600 meters for the second straight year and set a new 1-A classification record with a time of 4:24.55.
The women's standings were much closer, with Hendersonville and defending champion North Rowan battling throughout the day. Hendersonville, led by the distance double wins in the 1600 and 3200 by Kristen Stout, piled up points in those two events, taking three of the first four places in the 1600 and three of the top five in the 3200.
That helped the Bearcats pull away at the end as Hendersonville won the 1-A women's meet with 84 points to 75 for second-place North Rowan. Hailey Cook aided the Hendersonville cause with first-place finishes in the shot put and discus.
Monroe finished third with 67 points, followed by Kernersville Bishop McGuinness with 36 and Winston-Salem Prep with 31. A total of 45 schools scored in the women's meet.
North Rowan's Meloney Ramos was named the MVP of the women's meet with a stellar performance. She won the 100 meter high hurdles, finished second in both the long jump and triple jump, and was fourth in the 300 meter hurdles, although her team fell just short of the title.
Leroya Banks of Perquimans established a new 1-A state women's standard in the 100 meters with a time of 12.12, just .02 ahead of a nine-year-old mark previously held by Evette Brown of South Stokes. Chelsea Treadway of Swain County set a new 1-A women's mark in the 800 meters, winning in 2:14.70.
The North Rowan quartet of Christen Jones, Tameisha Allen, Tianka White and Teaunna Cuthbertson broke their own record in the 400 relay set a year ago, with a winning time of 48.31 seconds, and Tess Rogers of North Stokes cleared a 1-A record 11 feet even in the pole vault.
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