Hillside sophomore Marcus Krah confirmed himself as one of the favorites heading into Saturday's NCHSAA 4A track and field championships with a pair victories at last weekend's Midwest regional.
Krah the state's defending 4A long jump champion (23 feet, 1 inch) outdoors and reigning indoor 55 hurdles champ took first places last Saturday in both the 110 hurdles and triple jump (44 feet, 2.75 inches) to lead the list of qualifiers for the state meet.
Other regional champions included Jordan junior Jordyn Brown, who won the girls' high jump (5 feet, 4 inches) and Northern junior Mookie Chavis, with her first in the girls' shot put (44 feet, 4.75 inches).
The top four finishers in each regional event automatically qualified for the NCHSAA 4A championship meet, set for 10 a.m. Saturday at N.C. A&T University's Belk Track in Greensboro.
Area qualifiers include:
• Jordan's 4x800 boys' relay (Matthew Blivin, Nikolaus Kreiling, Christian Long, Daniel Beamer), who took second in the regional;
• Blivin (Jordan), 1600 meters, third;
• Hillside 4x400 boys' relay (Lonnie Kendall, Dawud Holloway, Najee Reams, McKinly Brown), second;
• Atlanta Woodall (Riverside), 100 meters, second;
• Koffia Lipscomb (Northern), girls' discus, second;
• Imari Mclean (Hillside), girls' long jump, second;
• Ricky Council (Northern) high jump, second, and
• Hillside's 4x800 girls' relay (Charlotte George, Courtney Goins, Elisia Grissett, Victoria Powell), fourth.
Southern's 4x100 relay won a NCHSAA Mideast 3A Regional title last Saturday at Northern Guilford High School to qualify for the state championship meet, scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Friday at N.C. A&T.
The relay of sophomore Jordon Brown, senior Maurice Trowell, and juniors Jeremy Griffis and William Cameron won with a time of 42.92 seconds.
Cameron was the lone individual to qualify automatically out of the regional with his second place (10.69) in the 100 meters.