HILLSBOROUGH Balance was as important as speed Saturday as Chapel Hill and East Chapel Hill split the team championships at the annual Orange County Championships in track and field.
East Chapel Hill won the boys’ championship by almost 30 points over runner-up CHHS, with 108 points to the Tigers’ 79. Cedar Ridge (76) and Carrboro (74) were close behind in third and fourth place, while Orange (36) was fifth.
“With losing some key guys last year, our boys have really stepped up,” East Chapel Hill coach Stephen Marquis said. “And we have some great leadership from individuals such as Shane Jones, Iyin Battle, Jerry Chang and Edie Vandy.”
Battle was a double winner for East, taking the shot put and discus. Vandy won the 100- and 200-meter sprints.
Jerrell Atwater of Carrboro also was a double-winner, taking the 110- and 300-meter hurdles.
The girls’ championship was much closer, with Chapel Hill (113 points) building an early lead and then scoring just enough points to hold off a late charge by Carrboro (105) for the team title. Powered by four individual wins by Kacia Vines, event host Cedar Ridge (71) finished alone in third, followed by East Chapel Hill (43) and Orange.
Vines won the girls’ 200 meters, 400 meters, long jump and high jump.
Coming off an impressive showing in last week’s Mid-State Conference championships, where the Jaguars swept the team titles, Carrboro finished first in each of the last two girls’ events Saturday, but Chapel Hill runners stayed close enough to score points
Carrboro’s Maysa Araba (11:36.6) and Helen Morken (11:40.9) finished 1-2 in the 3,200 meters for 14 points, followed across the line by Chapel Hill’s Elise Matera (12:16.7) and Sarah Ferriter (13:05.5) for 6 points.
In the girls’ climactic 4x400 relay, Carrboro won 8 points with a first place finish in 4:18.4, while Chapel Hill scored 6 with a time of 4:28.0 for second place.
Team depth played a key role for both Chapel Hill and East, which scored across the board. Chapel Hill’s females posted double-digit points in the relays (28), distance events (23), jumps (22), sprints (19) and hurdles (18.) East’s males scored well in distances (28), sprints (28), relays (24) and throws (20).
“We scored in every area, so it was truly a total team effort,” Chapel Hill coach Joan Nesbit Mabe said. “Beating Carrboro in the girls’ competition and pulling off a runner-up finish in the boys came down to a lot of third-, fourth-, and fifth-place finishes.”
The meets served an additional purpose for CHHS – as a test run for the Big Eight conference championships, which are scheduled for April 30 the same track at Cedar Ridge.
“Going forward, we are looking to compete hard against the ever-challenging Cardinal Gibbons squads in the conference meet while qualifying as many kids as possible to the regional championships,” Mabe said.
ORANGE COUNTY INVITATIONAL
April 12, 2014
At Cedar Ridge High School, Hillsborough
Girls’ Team Scores
1, Chapel Hill 113. 2, Carrboro 105. 3, Cedar Ridge 71. 4, East Chapel Hill 43. 5, Orange 33.
Girls’ Individual Winners
Boys’ Team Scores
1, East Chapel Hill 108. 2, Chapel Hill 79. 3, Cedar Ridge 76. 4, Carrboro 74. 5, Orange 36.
Boys’ Individual Winners