Hillside’s Marcus Krah broke his own state record in the 55 hurdles Saturday in the N.C. High School Athletics Association 4A indoor championships at the JDL Fast Track.
“Since indoor season started, all I’ve been thinking about is winning a state championship,” Krah said. “I knew I’d be nervous, but I was proud that I was able to deal with it.”
Krah’s Hillside teammate Desmond Jackson repeated his three wins from 2014’s indoor championships, winning Saturday’s amputee 300 meters, 55-meter dash and the long jump. The only entrant in his three events, he helped the Hornets take sixth place in the boys’ championship with 30 points. Southview won with 49.
Krah sprinted to victory in 7.24 seconds, 0.05 quicker than his previous best. Even so, Krah thought he still could have done even better.
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“My coach and I talked about being focused on clearing the hurdles cleanly,” Krah said. “I didn’t think I got out as well as I could.”
Given this week’s frigid temperatures, it’s just as well that Krah already had planned to take a short break before beginning training for the outdoor season.
“I’ll probably take a week off, depending on what my coaches say. I landed on my hip on my second long jump attempt today, and two weeks ago at the UNC meet, I hurt my right foot a little bit. I’ve had to manage things some with injuries.”
“I’ve eased back for the past two or three weeks trying to be as healthy and rested as I could be for today. I’ll run a lot of 400s once outdoor season, especially since I’ll be getting ready to run the 110 hurdles.”
Krah also placed second in the triple jump (47 feet, 0.5 inch) Saturday, and finished third in Saturday’s long jump competition with a mark of 22 feet, 2.5 inches.
Jordyn Brown of Jordan High won the girl’s high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 6 inches – two inches better than her winning mark in 2014 and just three-tenths of an inch below her best of the 2014 outdoor season.
Atlanta Woodall of Riverside earned fifth place in the girls 300 meters with her time of 40.73 seconds and was sixth in the 55 meters with in 7.16 seconds.
Northern Durham’s Jza-Quashia Mookie Chavis was fourth in the girls shot put with a mark of 39 feet, 6.25 inches.
Parkland won the girls’ meet with 89 points, while Jordan (13) finished in 15th place.
Unicorns run well in Friday’s 1A/2A championships
In Friday’s NCHSAA 1A/2A indoor championships, N.C. School of Science and Math senior Nicholas Walker ran start to finish in second place in the 3,200 meters.
He was the runner-up to Bakersville Mitchell’s Zach Boone, who knocked more than eight seconds off of his own meet record time with a 9:35.19.
Walker (9:43.41) ran two or three strides behind Boone for the first 2,000 meters of the race, but started to lose ground as the duo made their way through lap traffic.
Boone, an eight-time state champion who has signed with Mississippi, led by 25 meters after the duo had cleared the slower runners.
In the girls’ 3,200, NCSSM junior Jordan Grennert finished fourth (12:21.3) and teammate John Chabeda was fifth in the boys’ triple jump (40-6).
DSA senior Abdel Mouliom finished third in the state in the 55-meter boys’ hurdles. He was 22-hundreths of a second (0.22) behind state champion Elliott Graves of Reidsville (7.72).
The N.C. School of Science and Math finished fifth in the boys’ 3,200 relay with Robert Cooper, Steven Tulevick, Frank Kenny and Nicholas Walker clocking in at 8:43.54.