Apex was runner-up in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A girls indoor track championships last season, with Cary one point behind in third. Both squads enter this year with individuals who should contend for a state title, but lost key seniors who helped amass last year’s team point totals.
Apex’s Zoe Early won the girls pole vault gold at 12 feet, 6 inches while wheelchair athlete Cara King returns for her sophomore year.
Cary senior Charminique Hackney was fourth in the 4A 55 meter dash (7.09) and classmates Sarah Venbale and Obomate Asimiea return to the Imps’ standout relay teams.
Green Hope senior and N.C. State recruit Elly Henes won the 4A 3,200 (setting a state record at 10:43.45) and was third in the 1,600. Katie Tomasi was fourth in the 1,600 while Kate Hall was sixth in the 1,000.
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Middle Creek junior Katie Nelson was fourth in 4A high jump (5-2).
Four boys’ athletes are returning after finishing top-six in the state last year.
Middle Creek senior Terrell Adams was second in 4A shot put, Apex senior Derek Duin was sixth in 4A 1,600, Holly Springs senior Daniel Ligons was third in 4A shot put and Green Hope senior Henry Pehr was hird in the 4A 1,600.
The Southwest Wake Athletic Conference does not have a league championship in indoor track and field.