High school notebook: Area track athletes among the nation’s best

tstevens@newsobserver.comApril 10, 2014 

Four area high school athletes have track and field performances listed among the top six in the country this spring.

Broughton’s Will Roberson’s 8 minutes, 58.88 seconds during the Raleigh Relays’ 3,200-meter run is No. 3 on the Flo 100rankings. Roberson is second in the state, though, because Ian Milder of Winston-Salem Mount Tabor has the nation’s top mark, 8:53.99.

Durham Hillside’s Imari McLean is No. 3 in the long jump (19 feet, 8 inches) and Apex’s Sydnei Murphy is fifth (19-6.25). Ravenscroft’s Ryen Frazier is No. 6 in the girls’ 3,200 (10:26.01).

Murphy and Roberson are expected to compete this weekend

Cherryville flash: Cherryville senior Trentavis Friday won the New Balance Indoor Nationals 60- and 200-meter sprints this spring and is backing up those performances outdoors. He is No. 7 in the 100 (10.38) and No. 9 in the 200 (21.14).

The Florida State recruit did not run in the N.C. High School Athletic Association indoor championships.

Caps football: Broughton kicker Andrew King, the 2013 Cap 8 4A Special Teams Player of the Year, has accepted an invitation to walk on at Virginia in the fall.

Keenan Willard, a Caps’ wide receiver, has agreed to play at Washington & Lee next season.

Strangest moments: East Chapel Hill tennis coach Lindsey Linker and Greenville Rose baseball coach Ronald Vincent were asked during their induction ceremonies into the NCHSAA Hall of Fame about the strangest things they had witnessed during their coaching careers.

Linker recalled the time a player broke 11 racquets during one match. “You learn you have to be prepared for the unexpected,” she said.

Vincent said the most shocking thing he has seen during a game was the first time a player pulled a cellphone out while sitting in the dugout.

The weirdest item on Vincent’s list was a batter getting caught in a rundown between first and home after the catcher missed a third strike. The batter slid into home and the umpire called him out.

Wonder what the call would have been if the runner had beaten the throw?

Running coach: New Knightdale football coach Cedric Dargan was the leading rusher on the 2004 Duke football team with 462 yards despite missing time with injuries.

The Jacksonville White Oak graduate played in 10 games as a freshman in 2001. He had a season-ending ankle fracture in 2002 and redshirted.

He was the Blue Devils’ second-leading rusher in 2003 with 264 yards as sophomore and led the rushing game as a junior. He played in the first five games of his senior season before a torn ACL ended his career.

“When it was my time to shine, I got injured,” Dargan said. “There was no combine, no Senior Bowl. I was recovering.”

But Dargan soon went to Knightdale as an assistant and was named head coach this week, succeeding Robert Senseney.

“It seems a long time in coming,” he said.

He was the Knights’ defensive coordinator last year during an 11-2 season but had been an offensive coordinator in the past. He expects to be the Knightdale offensive coordinator next season.

“We have only one offensive line starter back,” Dargan said. “We’re missing some of the offensive explosion we had in the backfield this year.

“It looks like a rebuilding year, but the kids aren’t buying that. They are working hard and think we can build on last year.”

Johnston County baseball: The 24th annual Johnston County Easter Invitational baseball tournament will begin at noon Saturday at South Johnston High with West Johnston playing Smithfield-Selma. Erwin Triton will play Clayton at 2 p.m. A doubleheader of Harnett Central vs. Cleveland (5:30) and South Johnston playing Bunn (7:30) will complete the first round.

There also will be four games Monday and Tuesday. The championship game will be at 7:30 Tuesday.

D. Clay Best contributed to this story

Stevens: 919-829-8910

News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service