Two county athletes win indoor track titles

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Staff Report

North Brunswick sophomore Chris Graham won the 55-meter dash in 6.52 seconds in the Class 1A/2A/3A indoor state meet Saturday at JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem.
Graham won by 0.03 seconds over Lexington junior James Drummond.
Junior teammate Kevon Perkins missed qualifying for the final by 0.01 seconds.
North junior Terrance Brown finished fifth in the high jump at 6 feet. The winning height was 6-6.
South Brunswick junior Colin Minor won the shot put. His winning put was 53 feet, 5.25 inches.
South senior Carmen Hilliard was third in the 1,500-meter run in 5:20.44. She finished the race even though a competitor stepped on one of her shoes near the start. The winning time was 5:12.35 by West Carteret junior Blake Dodge.
Hilliard was sixth in the 1,000-meter run in 3:13.96. The winning time was a record-setting 3:01.59 by Dodge, MVP of the girls’ meet.
South Brunswick sophomore Mariah Thorpe, junior Nicole Minnix, sophomore Avery Mavroudis and freshman Sarah Costa were 13th in the 1,600 relay in 4:33.17. The winning time was 4:07.65.
Charlotte Catholic women set state swim records
CARY—Records fell all over the place as Charlotte Catholic rolled to its eighth consecutive Class 3A women’s title Friday night in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3A swimming and diving championships at the Triangle Aquatic Center.
Catholic rolled to victory with a whopping 469 points in earning its 12th straight NCHSAA crown over two classifications. Waxhaw Marvin Ridge was second with 258, followed by Chapel Hill (228), Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons (184) and Concord Jay Robinson (133).
South Brunswick qualified for six events, three of them relays.
South was 20th in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Lauren Johnson, Katelyn Auger, Brooke Beasley and Morgan Gilbert finished in 4 minutes, 23.25 seconds. The winning time was 3:24.61.
The 200 freestyle relay of Savanna Michaux, Michelle Richards, Morgan Gilbert and Rachel Van Noordt was 20th in 1:51.76.
The 200 medley relay Van Noordt, Richards, Lauren Johnson and Savanna Michaux was 22nd in 2:13.03.
Van Noordt was 19th in the 100 freestyle in 58.85. The winning time was 50.02.
Van Noordt and 23rd in the 200 IM in 2:28.95. The winning time was 2:02.01
Gilbert was 23rd in the 100 butterfly in 1:10.69. The winning time was 54.69.
Nora McCullagh and Lauren Rhodes were double individual winners for the state champions, with McCullagh winning the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke and Rhodes taking the 100 free and 200 free. Rhodes shattered her state 3A mark in the 200 by well over 2 seconds, in 1:47.98.
McCullagh was named the Most Valuable Performer in the women’s meet as she achieved All-American Automatic times in both of her individual events and set an all-classification record in the 50 free with a blistering 22.92 seconds. She also swam on two victorious relay teams.
In all, the Charlotte set nine state 3A records, including five all-classification marks, and won all but two events. Charlotte set an all-classification record in the 200 medley relay with a winning time of 1:45.52, established a new mark in the 200 free relay by more than 2 seconds, (1:35) and set a 400 free relay mark record (3:24.61). Charlotte’s Elsa Welshofer sprinted to a time of 54.69 seconds in the 100 butterfly, another all-classification record.