Vrouwenvelder wins omnium gold, 2 silvers
Chapel Hill cyclist Luke Vrouwenvelder came home last weekend from the 2014 Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships with omnium gold plus a pair of silver medals.
Vrouwenvelder totaled 303 points in USA Cycling's five-event Division I championship for mountain biking – finishing second in the cross-country and short-track cross-country and then racking up extra points in the dual slalom at Beech Mountain.
Stephan Davoust of Fort Lewis College was second in Division I with 257 points, while Andrew Dillman of Marian University got 220 points for third place overall.
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Sepp Kuss of the University of Colorado beat out Vrouwenvelder for gold in both the cross-country and short track events, but he failed to garner any points in the downhills or slalom events.
Just one week before at nearby Rocky Knob Park outside Boone, Vrouwenvelder won both the cross-country and short track events at the Appalachian State University Cycling Conference Weekend.
Jaguars, Tigers, Wildcats all advance in NCFHA
Defending state champion East Chapel Hill looked a lot better than just a No. 5 seed last week as it disposed of No. 12 seed Mt. Tabor by a 9-0 score in the 16-team N.C. Field Hockey Association state tournament.
The Wildcats advance to meet No. 4 Greenboro Page in a second-round match this week in the NCFHA state playoffs, while top-seeded Carrboro will host No. 8 West Forsyth and No. 10 Chapel Hill will face its old rival R.J. Reynolds, seeded No. 2, in Winston-Salem.
Carrboro defeated No. 16 Jordan by a 3-1 score in the first round, and Chapel Hill shut out No. 7 Cardinal Gibbons 4-0.
Second-round NCFHA matches are scheduled to be completed by Wednesday night.
(See www.northcarolinafieldhockey.com for updates.)
The NCFHA state semifinals are scheduled for 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday at Forsyth Country Day School.
The NCFHA championship is set for 3 p.m. Saturday at Forsyth Country Day, preceded by a third-place game at 1 p.m.
Griffin, Kim earn Rolex All-American status
Benjamin Griffin of Chapel Hill has been named a second-team Rolex Junior All-American and Gina Kim, also of Chapel Hill, has earned Rolex AJGA honorable mention, establishing themselves among the top tier of current and former junior golfers from around the world.
This year’s Rolex All-Americans distinguished themselves through their outstanding play in 123 national events, 108 of which were conducted by the American Junior Golf Association. The Rolex Junior All-America Teams were determined exclusively through the Polo Golf Rankings as of Oct. 14, so Griffin’s two wins for the University of North Carolina on the collegiate circuit and Kim’s wins in NCHSAA play this fall did not count toward the rankings.
Kim had some memorable varsity finishes that did not count in the AJGA rankings. Kim was runnerup in last week’s NCHSAA 3A state championship tournament at the Longleaf Golf and Country Club.
Griffin, 18, a 2014 graduate of East Chapel Hill High School, earned second-team Rolex Junior All-America honors after finishing his junior career at No. 22 in the Polo Golf Rankings. The UNC freshman had two top-10 finishes in 2014 national junior golf competition, including a third-place tie showing at the FJ Invitational and a sixth-place tie at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club. He also competed twice in the Wyndham Cup for the East all-star team with a record of 5-3-0.
Kim, 14, a Chapel Hill High School freshman, earned honorable mention Rolex Junior All-America accolades after a 2014 campaign that included four top-10 showings in AJGA competition. She also claimed her first win at the AJGA Junior at Cattail Creek, as well as a runner-up showing at the Junior All-Star at Chteau lan, a fourth-place finish at the IZOD AJGA Championship and a ninth-place showing at the AJGA Junior at Spring Valley.
Kim is currently No. 50 in the Polo Golf Rankings.
Kim, McPeak finish in NCHSAA top 10
Carrboro High golfer Meghan McPeak finished in a tie for 10th place last Tuesday in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s state 1-A/2-A women’s golf championships. McPeak carded a 176 total in the two-day tournament on the Red Fox Course at the Foxfire Resort and Golf Club, matched by Micah Mason of Gray Stone Day School.
Grace Yatawara of 2A team champion Salisbury won medalist honors with her 72-73–145.
Sarah Towne represented East Chapel Hill in the NCHSAA 4A tournament at Pinehurst No. 1, where she had a 168 total for a piece of 34h place.
Jennifer Chang of Raleigh Athens Drive shot an even-par 70 on Tuesday and finished at four-over par 144 for the 4A individual championship.
In the 3A championship at Longleaf, Gina Kim of Chapel Hill had a two-shot lead over the field after a brilliant opening-round 69 on Monday, including six birdies. But defending champion Siranon Shoomee of Lee County fired a five-under par 67 in the final round, including a 32 on the back nine, to finish with a 138 total, five shots ahead of Kim. Kim recorded a 74 for a score of 143, good for second place.
Chapel Hill Parks & Rec wins state award
Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation’s “Rockin’ the Spectrum” has been named the winner of the 2014 Arts and Humanities Award in Class III by the N.C. Recreation and Park Association. The award honors the most innovative and effective arts and humanities programs of the association’s leisure service agency members.
The title “Rockin’ the Spectrum” refers to the spectrum of developmental disorders associated with autism, as well as the spectrum of colors an artist might use in rendering a portrait.
The project features an exhibit that comprises portraits of students with autism and other developmental disabilities as they learn confidence and independence in swimming classes.
For more on the project, visit townofchapelhill.org.
The project is being shown at the Frank Art Gallery until Nov. 9.