Gabby Mayo and Ebonie Cunningham of Southeast Raleigh will compete for the first time during the high school outdoor track and field season on Saturday during the Wake County High School Track and Field Championships at Athens Drive High.
Mayo, one of the top high school sprinters in the world, will run the 100-meter run, 200 and 100-meter high hurdles. Cunningham, the 500-meter indoor champion, is scheduled to run the 800 and 4x800 relay.
Eighteen of the 19 Wake County 4-A schools are expected to compete. Field events start at 9:30 a.m. Track preliminaries are at 10 a.m. Track finals start at 12:30 p.m.
ORANGE MEET: The Orange County High School Track and Field Championships are scheduled for today at Chapel Hill High.
The meet is expected to start at 4:45 p.m. and conclude around 9:30.
Teams are expected from Chapel Hill, East Chapel Hill, Orange and Cedar Ridge.
COZZARELLI LOWERS TIMES: Andie Cozzarelli of Apex ran a couple of the state's fastest times Thursday in helping the Cougars top Cary 94-52 in a dual-track meet.
Cozzarelli was not ranked among the top 15 runners in the state in the 800, but her 2:23.6 is the fifth fastest reported time this spring.
Cozzarelli was ranked seventh in the 1,600 with 5:25.7, but ran a 5:19.1, which is the fourth fastest reported time this spring.
She won the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4-A 3,200 meters in 2006.
RACE TIGHTENS: The Tri-Eight 4-A baseball race tightened Thursday as Athens Drive slipped past Green Hope 2-1.
Green Hope had been undefeated in the league before the loss. Athens has lost two conference games.
Athens Drive's Vance Williams pitched a complete-game one-hitter with 11 strikeouts and three walks.
Ross Snotherly had a solo home run for the Jaguars.
JORDAN TOPS IN AREA SOCCER: Katie Jordan of Southeast Raleigh leads area soccer scorers with 60 points on 27 goals and six assists.
Junior Camille Morgan, who had 40 goals in 2006, already has 20 goals and 13 assists for 53 points this season.
Sophomore Meagan Proper of Garner leads the area with 18 assists and has 48 points.
She had two assists and a goal in Thursday's 3-2 Greater Neuse win over Enloe. Paige Dugal had two goals for the Trojans.
SOCCER SHOWCASE: Southeast Raleigh will be the host for a girls high school soccer showcase on April 21.
Eight of the 10 participating high school teams are ranked among the top 15 in their classifications in the North Carolina soccer coaches poll.
Leading the lineup is a 3 p.m. game between Apex -- ranked No. 1 among the state's 4-A schools -- and defending state champion Broughton, ranked No. 8.
The other games are: East Chapel Hill (No. 6 in 4-A) vs. Jacksonville (No. 6 in 3-A) at 9 a.m.; Wake Forest-Rolesville vs. Charlotte Catholic (No. 4 in 3-A), 11 a.m.; Sanderson vs. Wilmington Hoggard (No. 13 in 4-A), 1 p.m.; and Southeast Raleigh (No. 9 in 4-A) vs. Greensboro Grimsley (No. 10 in 4-A), 5 p.m.
There will be an exhibition game between N.C. State and Elon at 7 p.m.
SHUTOUTS: Saint Mary's girls soccer team has allowed only one goal in nine games and is ranked No. 1 among N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3-A teams.
Starting keeper Sidney Dawson has not allowed a goal this season.
Saint Mary's opened the season with eight shutouts before Northern Nash scored one goal against the St. Mary's reserves in a 7-1 loss.
Sweeper Elizabeth Behar and stopper Loftin Johnson have ben outstanding according to coach Jim Lavery.
The backs are Anna Smither and Haley Dillon.
The club's primary scoring threat is Macky Wingo, who has 17 of the team's 37 goals.
COSSA REMEMBERED: Former Green Hope baseball standout Matt Cossa will be honored Saturday when the Falcons play Southeast Raleigh at 5 p.m. in the inaugural Matt Cossa Memorial Baseball Event.
Admission is $5 with all proceeds from the game going to the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
A banner will be dedicated in memory of Cossa, who died of Hodgkin's Lymphoma while he was attending the University of North Carolina in 2006.
High school editor Tim Stevens can be reached at (919) 829-8910 or firstname.lastname@example.org.