High schools

Broughton’s Megan Sullivan wins Gatorade award

tstevens@newsobserver.comJanuary 10, 2013 

Broughton junior Megan Sullivan, the state 4A cross country champion, was named the N.C. Gatorade girls’ cross country runner of the year on Thursday. She won the N.C. High School Athletic Association championship with a 17-minute, 48.03-second finish.

“It is a tremendous honor,” Sullivan said. “It is a really good feeling, but I need to keep focused on my goals. I’d really like to win the national award one day.”

Caps coach Dave Christian said Sullivan has been a team leader.

“She always represents herself and Broughton athletics in a manner that makes us proud,” Christian said. “Megan is one of those once-in-a-coaching career athletes. She is competitive, talented, but above all else she is one of the hardest working athletes around.”

Sullivan also is a starter on Broughton’s 11-2 girls’ basketball team and averages about 10 points.

“I can run a long time, just not fast,” she said with a chuckle.

She plans to compete in indoor track this winter and outdoor track in the spring. She concentrated on the two-mile outdoors last season, but is thinking about focusing on the 800 next spring.

Raven gets honor: Ravenscroft football standout Avery Edwards was named to the U.S. Army National Combine first team by rivals.com as a top-eight end prospect at the workouts in San Antonio last week.

Edwards, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound junior, played wide receiver for the Ravens and had 40 catches for 490 yards.

He is projected as a college tight end and has scholarship offers from N.C. State, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Duke, Pittsburgh and Virginia.

“The tight end position had a decent amount of depth compared to years past, but few elite prospects. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Edwards arrived with several scholarship offers to his credit and stuck out as the position’s top performer,” rivals.com said.

Avery was one three North Carolina players who attracted national attention at the combine.

Wake Forest-Rolesville sophomore running back Bryce Love had the fastest 40 time at the workouts and Greenville Rose defensive end Kentavious Street was named the combine’s MVP.

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