1A/2A/3A State Indoor Track and Field Championships

Doggett, Tucker take NCHSAA 1A/2A/3A 3200m titles

cbest@newsobserver.comFebruary 9, 2013 

— Cardinal Gibbons’ Mary Grace Doggett and Cedar Ridge’s A.J. Tucker had both reached the top of the state high school running world three times before Saturday’s 1A/2A/3A state indoor track and field championships, but they still wore wide smiles after doing it again.

Doggett, a junior at Gibbons, won her second straight 3,200-meter girls championship. Tucker won his first indoor state title in the same event.

Their wins highlighted the area performances in the event, held for the first time at the JDL Fast Track.

Burlington Cummings won the boys team championship ahead of North Lincoln, while West Carteret’s girls won the final event of the day, the 4-by-400 relay, to pull away from a group that included Cardinal Gibbons which finished fourth in the state. West’s Blake Dodge was the girls’ meet MVP.

Doggett pulled away from Callie Wynn of West Davidson and Corinth Holders’ sophomore Arden Vessie in the final 400 meters to win the girls’ 3,200 in 11:13.85. She also finished second at 1,600 meters.

“It’s a little different; being at a new track makes it feel different,” Doggett said of winning another state championship. “It’s still very exciting to compete in such a great race and win a state championship.”

Doggett is also the reigning 3A state cross country champion.

Vessie, who had the fastest qualifying time in the 3,200, finished third at 11:22.92. “I was hoping for a slightly faster time, but I’m still very happy with how I ran,” she said.

Cardinal Gibbons’ Sophie Ebihara was fifth in both the 3,200 and the 1,600.

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