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High Schools: Apex junior Sydnei Murphy shines at national track finals

tstevens@newsobserver.comJune 17, 2014 

Sydnei Murphy is shown at the NCHSAA 4A indoor championships in February.


Apex High junior Sydnei Murphy was surprised when she learned she had finished second in the triple jump and third in the the long jump at the New Balance Nationals track and field championships at N.C. A&T during the weekend.

Murphy was second in the triple jump (41 feet, 7.25 inches) and third in the long jump (19-8). She also was 18th in the 100 meters (11.91 seconds).

“I was extremely caught off guard by placing that high,” she said. “I came into it not expecting much, just hoping to maybe get a new personal best.

“In triple jump, I bested my personal record by over a foot and a half. I was on cloud nine, I couldn’t believe it. I don’t pay attention to what everyone else jumps, so I was really surprised when I found out I ended up third in the long jump. It was an incredible weekend, by far the most fun national meet I’ve been to.”

Murphy won the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A titles in the long jump and the triple jump this year.

Apex’s Andrew Pederson, who won the NCHSAA 4A pole vault championship, was fourth in the event (14-8.5).

Garner football running back Nyheim Hines was fifth in the 100 meters, running a personal best 10.52 seconds in preliminaries and 10.57 in the final. He left the championships a little disappointed.

“It was a personal record for me, but I could have run better, much better,” Hines said.

Southeast Raleigh’s Jacklyn Howell was fifth in the girls’ 100 hurdles (13.68) and teammate Jamaree Murray was sixth in the boys’ 400 meters (47.67). Both won NCHSAA 4A titles this year.

Runners from Knightdale were second in the boys’ 1,000 sprint medley and the 1,600 relay and girls from Wakefield were third in the 800 relay.

Cherryville sprinter Trentavious Friday won the 200 meters (20.41) and Burlington Cummings’ Isaiah Moore won the 110 hurdles (13.40).

7 o’clock starts: The Southwest Wake Athletic 4A will join other area 4A conferences with a 7 p.m. kickoff for most football games this fall. The move is part of an overall shift to earlier starting times.

For years, the traditional starting time for high school football games in Eastern North Carolina was 8. The Eastern 4A Conference once stretched from Durham to Wilmington and fans sometimes traveled by train to attend games, so the later start was needed.

The Southwest Wake, Greater Neuse, PAC-6 and Cap Eight 4A conferences are scheduled for 7 p.m. football kickoffs, along with the Big Eight 3A. The Two Rivers 3A will remain at 7:30.

Hawks name coach: Richard Young, who has coached the Holly Springs girls’ basketball team the past three years, has been named the Golden Hawks boys’ coach. He succeeds Thurman Jordan, the school’s only boys’ coach.

Young is a West Mecklenburg High and N.C. State graduate. He had a 76-28 overall record in three seasons as girls’ coach.

He was David Neal’s assistant coach at Apex High for nine years before resigning to become the girls’ coach at Holly Springs.

“I left Apex because I had an opportunity to be a head coach,” Young said. “Being named as the boys’ head coach here is an honor and a blessing. It was a difficult decision for me to leave the girls. We had a young team last year (16-8) and the girls have a lot of potential.

“But I am super excited to be the boys’ head coach. I am looking forward to coaching the boys.”

St. David’s wins Wells Fargo: St. David’s had strong fall and spring sports seasons and rolled to the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 2A Wells Fargo Cup all-sports championship. St. David’s topped second-place Greensboro Caldwell Academy, 375 to 280, after picking up 165 points in the fall and 170 in the spring.

NCHSAA adds schools: The NCHSAA will add three charter schools and an early college in the fall, pushing the total membership to 403 schools.

Asheboro’s Uwharrie Charter Academy, Siler City’s Chatham Charter and Gaston County’s Mountain Island Charter will enter along with Cherokee County’s Tri-County Early College.

Apex Friendship is scheduled to enter the NCHSAA in the fall of 2015. Wake County Schools requested that Friendship be placed in the Southwest Wake 4A, but the NCHSAA makes conference assignments.

Stevens: 919-829-8910

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