BURLINGTON CUMMINGS WOMEN, NORTH BRUNSWICK MEN WIN; CSD’S ELLINGTON TAKES THREE EVENTS IN 1-A/2-A INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
WINSTON-SALEM— Burlington Cummings won its sixth state women’s team title in the last eight years in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A/2-A indoor track and field championships at JDL Fast Track on Saturday.
Cummings freshman Kayla Moore took first place in the long jump and the 55 hurdles to lead her team to 64 points, just four ahead of runner-up Monroe. Durham School of the Arts was third with 39, followed by Community School of Davidson (35) and Mount Pleasant (31). A total of 37 schools scored in the women’s meet.
Malia Ellington of Community School of Davidson had a great meet, winning three events, and was named the Most Valuable Performer. She finished first in the 1600 in a time of 4:58.03, which surpassed what had been the combined 1A/2A/3A record by almost six seconds. That standard had been set by Erika Schnable of Hendersonville in 2002. The CSD junior also won both the 1000 and the 3200.
Senior Renazia Collins of Monroe captured top honors in both the 55 dash and the 500, while Hunter Welborn of Boonville Starmount won a pair of field events, the triple jump and high jump.
North Brunswick earned the men’s team title with 53 points, with Derrick Wheeler winning the shot put and Terrance Brown the high jump to lead the way. Currituck was second with 41 points, and then came in order North Carolina School of Science and Math (37), Cummings (34) and Claremont Bunker Hill (32). There were 42 teams scoring in the men’s meet,
Burlington Cummings senior Isaiah Moore was a double individual winner, taking both the long jump and the 55 meter hurdles, and he earned MVP honors in the championship for the third consecutive year. He also finished second in the high jump and third in the triple jump.Zach Boone of Mitchell excelled in the distance events, winning both the 1600 and 3200.
In wheelchair competition, Catherine Armstrong of SouthWest Edgecombe won both her events and Bruce Floyd of South Lenoir set a new wheelchair shot put record with a throw of 12 feet, 4.75 inches.
It was the first year for a separate 1-A/2-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.