WINSTON-SALEM— Distance runner Philip Hall led Hope Mills South View to the men’s team championship on Saturday night in the 29th annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A indoor track and field championships at JDL Fast Track.
South View scored 49 points to win the meet and the Tigers set a new all-classification record in the men’s 3200-meter relay in a time of 7:57.23, bettering the old mark by over four seconds. Hall, who ran the anchor leg on that winning relay team, also finished first in three individual races, including the 1000, 1600 and 3200 meter events, earning the Most Valuable Performer award for the men’s championships.
South View had 49 points to 37 for runner-up Raleigh Millbrook, followed with a three-way tie for third among Jamestown Ragsdale, Southeast Raleigh and Apex with 34 points apiece. Knightdale, which had won or shared the last four men’s titles, finished way back in a tie for 37th.
There were 48 teams scoring points in the men’s meet.
Winston-Salem Parkland won its second consecutive team title in the women’s meet and did so in convincing fashion, rolling up 89 points to 47 for second-place Apex. Cary was third with 46, followed by Raleigh Leesville Road (41) and Cary Green Hope (24). A total of 43 schools scored points in the women’s events.
A total of eight new state records were established in the women’s meet. Double individual winner Ebony Williams of Parkland won the 55 hurdles in 7.81 seconds, breaking a nine-year old record set by Southeast Raleigh star Gabby Mayo, and she also took first in the 300 in addition to running anchor on the champion four by 400 relay team. She was selected as the women's MVP.
Raleigh Leesville Road sophomore Nevada Mareno was a double individual winner, setting new state records in both the 1600 and 3200 and also running a leg on the victorious four by 800 relay team, while Layla White of Cary set a new record in the 500.
Sydnei Murphy of Apex won three individual events, including setting a record in the long jump, to go with wins in the triple jump and 55 dash.