MARVIN RIDGE SWEEPS TEAM CROWNS
IN 3-A INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
WINSTON-SALEM— Waxhaw Marvin Ridge swept both team championships in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A indoor track and field championships at JDL Fast Track on Friday night.
Marvin Ridge slipped past Fayetteville Terry Sanford in the men’s meet and scored a 20-point victory over Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons in the women’s championship.
Marvin Ridge had 56 points to 50 for Terry Sanford, despite an excellent effort by Ladante Elerby of the Fayetteville school, who was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Performer. Elerby was second in both the long jump and 55 dash while placing third in the triple jump.
Jamaal Daniel of Terry Sanford was a double winner, taking top honors in the 55 dash and the 300.
Northeast Guilford was third in the men’s team standings with 43.50 points, followed by North Lincoln (37) and North Forsyth (35) as 37 different schools scored.
Marvin Ridge tallied 64 points to 44 for runner-up Gibbons in the women’s meet, with West Carteret (43), Western Alamance (37) and Burlington Williams (28) following in order. There were 43 teams scoring in the women’s meet.
Blake Dodge of West Carteret was the MVP, as the senior won both the 1000 and 1600 and ran a leg on the victorious 4 by 800 relay as well as the second-place four by 400 team.
Chelsea Hargrave of Burlington Williams (long jump and triple jump) won two individual events.
It was the first year for a separate 3-A championship, as the sport classified from two championships to three for the 2013-14 indoor season. For the last seven years, there was a separate 4-A meet and the 1-A, 2-A and 3-A schools competed together in a single championship.
The 1-A/2-A and the 4-A championships are scheduled for Saturday.