Kacia Vines of Cedar Ridge High School has had a productive summer. Representing the Durham Striders Track Club, Vines won a national title at the recent U.S.A. Track and Field National Junior Olympics.
Vines, a rising senior at Cedar Ridge, won the 17-18 year-old girls’ long jump with a mark of 19 feet, 6.25 inches on her first attempt. Sydnei Murphy of Holly Springs was a close second with a jump f 19 feet, 4.75 inches.
Vines was the 2014 NCHSAA 3A champion in the long jump and a winner of four titles at last spring’s Big Eight Conference championship (long and high jump, 200 and 400 meters). She competed in three events at the Junior Olympics. She placed 11th in the triple jump (38 feet, 3.25 inches) and 35th in the 400 meters (58.71 seconds).
Her time in the 400 was slightly off the 57.53 she clocked in her runner-up finish in at the NCHSAA state 3A championships and more than 2 seconds slower than her personal best of 56.26, which she ran in mid-July at the USATF Region 3 championships in Durham.
Other local athletes also did well at the Junior Olympics, held July 21-27 at Turner Stadium.
Cha’Mia Rothwell of Durham Academy, also representing the Durham Striders, won the 15-16 girls’ 100 hurdles in 14.03 seconds and placed seventh in the high jump with a mark of 5-5.
Iylin Battle, a rising senior at East Chapel Hill, placed eighth in the 17-18 boys’ discus with his mark of 169 feet, 2 inches
Marcus Herweyer, a rising junior at Carrboro High School, placed 14th in the 15-16 boys’ discus (145 feet, 3 inches) and 19th in the shot put (44 feet, 9 inches).
Herweyer was coming off excellent showings in the Region 3 meet and the Russell E. Blunt East Coast Invitational, both of which were held this summer at Duke University’s Wallace Wade Stadium.
He won the discus at the Blunt Invitational with a throw of 138 feet, 11 inches. At the Region 3 Championships, he won both the discus (150-5) and the shot put (48-4.5).
Hillside’s Marcus Krah, competing in the 17-18 boys division, took fifth place in the triple jump (48-0.75) and sixth in the 110 hurdles (14.46).
Krah ended up 18th in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 5.25 inches, which he hit on his last attempt after fouling twice.
The USATF Junior Olympics comprised more than 7,600 athletes. Top-eight finishers like Battle and Vines earned All-America honors.