WINSTON-SALEM — None of 2014’s returning high school runners for the indoor track season had cracked 8 seconds last year in the 55-meter hurdles, so Hillside’s Marcus Krah had every reason to think the event was his for the taking.
Confident, Krah claimed the N.C. High School Athletics Association championship Saturday in the 4A state meet held at the PDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem.
“I felt so comfortable with my form and my preparation for the race,” Krah said. “I was just so hyped to win after having a great day of focus.”
He was one of two Durham runners to earn a title at the NCHSAA meet. Jordyn Brown of Jordan High won the girls’ high jump with a mark of 5 feet, 4 inches.
Amaka Awuruonye of Charlotte Olympic also cleared 5-4 but had more misses at a lower height.
“That’s my best jump of the season,” Brown said. “I didn’t have any misses until we got to 5-6. It feels great to achieve something I haven’t been able to stop thinking about all week.”
Krah’s best time in the 55 hurdles last year as a freshman was 8.05 seconds. and his previous best this season had been 7.6 seconds.
Krah won with a time of 7.43 seconds Saturday, beating out Raleigh Sanderson’s Emmanuel Jackson (7.48) and Drew Baker of Asheville Roberson (7.59).
Krah also earned a pair of second places: in the long jump with a distance of 22 feet, 6 inches, and the triple jump at 47 feet, 4.25 inches.
Other top finishers included:
• Imari Mclean of Hillside and teammate Taleya Harris were third and sixth, respectively, in the girls’ long jump, with marks of 18 feel, 1 inches and 17 feet, 1.25 inches.
• Jordan’s Matt Blivin took third place in the boys’ 1600 meters with a time of 4 minutes, 27.79 seconds, slashing almost 12 seconds off his 2013 best outdoors of 4:39.77. Northern’s Colton Lawson was ninth (4:32.97). Blivin also finished 14th in the 1000 meters.
• Daniel Beamer of Jordan took ninth place in the boys’ 3200 in 9 minutes, 45.7 seconds.
• Taylor Blake of Jordan was 15th in the girls’ shot put, hitting 32 feet, 8.5 inches.
Bulldogs run well in 1A/2A meet
The Durham School of the Arts won a state title in the NCHSAA 1A/2A championships with a first place in the girls’ 4 x 400 relay.
The DSA team of ninth-graders Simi Gbadegesin and Destiny Stevons, sophomore Lydia Gamble and senior Hana Ratcliffe won with a time of 4 minutes, 21.96 seconds, beating the runnersup from Walkertown by more than 7 seconds.
Ratcliffe also finished third in the 1600 meters (5:22.01) and third in the 1000 (3:06.6). Stevons (3:25.65) was eighth in the 1000 meters.
Gamble took a second place with a time of 1:20.59 in the 500 meters — where Gbadegesin (1:22.33) was fifth. And Gamble also got a sixth in the 300 meters with a time of 46.33.
Their performances boosted DSA into third place in the girls’ team standings.
Powered by several top-10 finishes, the N.C. School of Math & Science took third in the boys’ standings.
The Unicorns had their best showing with a 2-3-4 finish in the 3200 meters, where Nicholas Walker clocked a time of 9 minutes, 51.75 seconds to take second behind Mitchell County’s Zach Boone (9:43.26). NCSSM’s Chatham Ellwanger was third in 9:53.72 and Josh Rees-Jones was fourth in 9:55.97.
NCSSM was runnerup in both 4 x 800 relays. The team of Cere Elizabeth Poove, Mengmen Fang, Alexis Knox and Kim Ngo earned second place in the girls’ 4 x 800 relay in 10 minutes, 33.72 seconds Cameron Bowes, Ellwanger, Bradley King and Rees-Jones were second in the boys’ event with a time of 8:28.51.
Walker (4:35.21) was third in the 1600 meters, followed by Rees-Jones (4:39.16) in fifth, while teammate Steven Tulevech (4:48.92) was 10th.
D. Clay Best of The Clayton News contributed to this report