East Chapel Hill earns a No. 1 seed in NCHSAA lacrosse
After locking up the NCHSAA Lacrosse Conference V title last week with a win over Jordan, East Chapel Hill completed its regular season in boys lacrosse with a 10-0 win Tuesday at Carrboro and a 7-1 win Thursday at Northern Durham.
East junior Chris Cox ended the regular season as the team’s leader in goals (54), after scoring four times at Carrboro and three at Northern. He also assisted on three other goals total last week.
Drew Monroe, East’s points leader this season with 47 goals and 31 assists, recorded three goals and two assists at Carrboro and then two goals and an assist against Northern.
Jordan Greene added two goals and David Waugh one against Carrboro. Waugh and Taylor Greene each scored a goal at Northern.
The Wildcats (11-4 overall, 9-1 conference) will head into this week’s state playoffs riding a six-game winning streak. They earned a first-round bye and a home game in the second round against either Millbrook or a wildcard opponent. (See nchsaa.org for news on the playoff pairings.)
Local swimmers excel in NCAA swimming and diving
Former Chapel Hill, East Chapel Hill and Carrboro High School swimmers did well in the NCAA Div. III Swimming & Diving Championships last month in Texas.
Joey Duronio, (CHHS), a junior on Kenyon College ’s national championship-winning team, earned four All-American honors. Among his best finishes was an eighth place in the 200 yard freestyle after qualifying for the championship heat with a time of 1:38.51. He also swam a leg on Kenyon first-place 200-yard freestyle relay team.
Emory University senior Michelle York (ECH) had the best single finish of any local swimmer with her seventh place in the 400 individual medley, earning All-American honors with a time of 4:24.84. She also finished 15th in the 200- yard IM and 18th in the 200 yard butterfly.
Kaitlin Jones, (CHHS), a freshman swimming for Johns Hopkins, finished 13th in the 200 yard individual medley, with a time of 2:05.32. She also swam the 100-yard breaststroke and the 400 IM.
Justin Morrell, (Carrboro), a sophomore swimming for Washington University in St. Louis, finished 16th in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 45.33, and 33rd in the 50 yard freestyle.
Sam Freedberg, (CHHS), a sophomore at Lake Forest College, competed in the 200 and 400 yard individual medleys, finishing 15th in the 400 IM with a time of 3:59.21. He also swam the 200-yard butterfly, finishing in 20th place.
Max Howes, (ECH), a sophomore from Denison University, competed in multiple events as well. His best individual finish was 36th in both the 100- and 200-yard freestyle events.
Oliver Hudgens, (ECH), a freshman at Case Western Reserve, finished 33rd in the 200-yard backstroke.
Howell, Kay win 5K for Fitness
Brendan Howell of Durham, was the overall winner in the 5K For Fitness last weekend in downtown Chapel Hill with his time of 17:13.
Chapel Hill High’s Eli Rose was runner-up in 19:22, while Mike Kelly, 55, was close behind in third (19:27), beating out Chapel Hill teenagers Marwan Obeid (19:29) and William MacMillan (19:46).
Melissa Kay of Carrboro was the first female finisher and 12th overall, with a time of 20:37. Hannah Kucewicz (20:51) and Maggie Springer (20:59), both from Hillsborough, were second and third respectively.
Female age-group winners included: 8-and-unders, Poppy Campbell (31:57); ages 9-10, Nora Daley (22:22); 11-12s Virginia Pridgen (22:54); 13-14s, Roxane Bolon (24:23); 15-16s, Emily Easthom of Chapel Hill High (25:42); 17-19s, Hannah Field (22:10); 20-29s, Jasmine Bethea (22:59); 30-39s, Amy Singer (21:23); 40-49s, Ellen Parker (21:18); 50-59s, Elizabeth Ironside (26:09); and 60-up, Rachel Pugliese (33:04).
Male age-group winners included: 8 and unders, Carter Lange (26:14); 9-10s, William Commons (23:04); 11-12s, Daniel Cote (20:28); 13-14s, Tom Morioka (20:06); 15-16s, Obeid; 17-19s, MacMillan; 20-29s, Ben Moore (20:27); 30-39s, Carrboro soccer coach Jared Drexler (21:01); 40-49s Glenn Gay (20:41); 50-59s, William Brown (21:21); and 60-up, Michael Flynn (26:29).
Clarification on 10-miler
Timing officials of the Tar Heel 10-miler race in downtown Chapel Hill recently contacted the Chapel Hill News to clarify the reason for the disqualification of four runners originally listed as the top finishers.
According to Bruce Bokish of Precision Race: “There were a few early 10 Miler finishers who only ran 4 miles, but that is because they chose to do so and did not report this to race officials as was required. … So they were still registered as 10 Milers even though they chose to run the 4. This is a reason for disqualification in a race, and it created challenges with race results, but it was not an error on the part of race officials or people or signage on the course.”
Northwood standout signs with Pfeiffer University
Northwood’s 5-foot-5 senior point guard Shontai Totten has signed with Pfeiffer.
Totten was a four-year starter for Northwood who scored 1,308 points and made 318 assists in her high school career, for an average of 15.2 points per game and 3.9 assists per game.
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