High school notebook: Wheelchair athletes make the difference for Mount Tabor

May 19, 2014 

Marcus Lumamba of Mount Tabor High in Winston-Salem earned five points for the state champs on Saturday. He was the lone racer in the wheelchair 100 and 200 and competed in the wheelchair shot put and discus.

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Wheelchair events provided the deciding points for the first time in a N.C. High School Athletic Association track and field championship Saturday as Winston-Salem Mount Tabor nipped Apex 63-57 in the 4A finals at N.C. A&T.

Mount Tabor picked up eight team points in the four wheelchair events. Marcus Lumamba of Mount Tabor was the only entry in the 100 and 200 wheelchair and Ty Ruvolis and Lumamba were the only two entries in the wheelchair shot put and discus.

Lumamba earned one team point in each of the sprints and Ruvolis and Lumaba got three team points for first and second in the wheelchair shot put and discus.

“We’ve had wheelchair competition before, but this is the first time the wheelchair competitors have been a major factor in the team scoring,” said Rick Strunk, an associate commissioner of the NCHSAA. “Everybody knew entering the meet how the meet would be scored.”

The NCHSAA considers the adaptive athletes – Durham Hillside’s Desmond Jackson was the first amputee to compete in the state track championships – and wheelchair athletes to be members of their teams and their events to be part of the meet.

Strunk said there had been some discussion about how many team points to award in events where there were a limited number of participants. Wheelchair races often must beat a certain time to score one point. If there is a second competitor, the winner gets two points and runner-up gets one.

St. David’s wins: St. David’s used its depth to win all four relays in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1A/2A track and field championships Saturday and claim the team title. The Warriors topped second-place Burlington Christian 85-68.

St. David’s won the 400 (53.56 seconds), 800 (1 minute, 51.08 seconds), 1,600 (4:24.70) and 3,200 relays (10:29.59).

Remarkable time: Southeast Raleigh’s Jacklyn Hall set the NCHSAA record in the girls’ 100-meter high hurdles with a 13.52. Southeast Raleigh’s Gabby Mayo had set the record in 2006 with a 13.60. Hall also won the 300 hurdles.

15 titles: West Carteret senior Blake Dodge won her 15th NCHSAA title Friday when she won the 800 meters at the 3A state championship.

The last title moved her past former Wilson Fike sprinter Sabrina Thompson, who won 14 championships during the 1990s.

Dodge recently was offered a Park Scholarship to N.C. State.

Hines second: Garner junior Nyheim Hines was disappointed he didn’t win an event in what probably was his last NCHSAA championship. He was second in the 100 and 300 hurdles.

“I didn’t do as good as I wanted – I wanted to win a ring,” he said. “It was my last time running so I left it all on the track.

“I’m over here upset that I got second, but I’m the only person who got second in this event, so I’m happy I did that great.”

Hines is one of the top football running back recruits in the country and expects to graduate in December and enroll in college next spring.

East Carteret coach: East Carteret’s Mike Sartain resigned after three years as football coach. He told the Carteret County News-Times he needed to spend more time with his family.

The Mariners were 8-25 under Sartain and 5-7 in 2013.

Ravens rally: Ravenscroft scored five goals during the final five minutes but lost 12-10 Saturday to Charlotte Country Day in the NCISAA girls’ lacrosse championship.

The Ravens trailed 11-5 before the rally. Rachel Hianik scored three of her four goals during the closing burst.

In the boys’ final, Durham Academy, which was the No. 7 seed, fell behind by nine goals in the first half and never recovered in a 13-4 loss to Charlotte Latin (20-1).

J. Mike Blake contributed to this story.

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