There’s plenty of great track and field talent across the Triangle area every year. It’s what makes me like covering the state championship meets for The News & Observer family papers so much.
The only issue with the plethora of talent is I’m usually assured of overlooking someone in the process of trying to chronicle it all.
Hence the case of Corinth Holders’ 4x800-meter relay team in the state 3A indoor championships on Feb. 14. The Pirates’ tandem of Kayla Ste. Marie, Hannah Canterbury, Rachel Strickland and Cameron Rutherford ran their best race ever, setting a school record with a time of 10 minutes, 21.38 seconds for a seventh place finish in the state.
Coming in, the Pirates’ quartet was seeded 15th meaning they had the 15th best qualifying time among the state championship qualifiers.
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Rutherford also finished 10th in the state in the 3,200 individual championships.
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Minimum D1 grade requirements change: With the college signing season in full swing for the class of 2015 this month, it bears mentioning to those juniors, sophomores and freshmen still in high school that they will face stricter academic guidelines in the Division I ranks.
Beginning in August of 2016 any student-athlete enrolling in a Division I college must have completed 16 core courses (including 10 before your seventh semester), earn a minimum GPA of 2.3 in core courses to compete in your first year of college, earn a combined SAT or ACT score that matches your core-course GPA on the sliding scale and graduate from high school.
So even more so, the best time to get those grades up as high as you can is now. If you’re a sophomore or a freshman, you’re ahead of this curve. Don’t let those early high school years leave you behind in the classroom. Because the most important thing you can to do to help your collegiate athletics prospects no matter if you play at Alabama or a community college is to do the work in the classroom.
Evans brothers moving on up: Clayton’s Banks Evans won the Singles RED boys’ 14-year-old division title at the Dunlop Junior Championship in Charleston, S.C. recently. He defeated Reilly Wilson of Charleston, 7-6, 6-2, in the finals.
It was one of Evans’ first events in the 14U division of tennis. He finished the 2014 season ranked No. 2 in the state in the 12U division.
Tennis talent runs in the family. Banks’ older brother, Klein, is a standout at Clayton High School. He is making the move to 18U on the junior circuit. He was ranked fourth in the state in the 16U division last year.
Mudcats’ job fair set: The Carolina Mudcats will host their annual Job Fair on Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. inside Cattails Restaurant at Five County Stadium.
Many different positions – food and beverage services, picnic support staff, ushers, parking attendants, stadium clean up crew and bat boys — are open at Five County Stadium during the Mudcats’ 70 home games and other events during the year.
Live interviews will be conducted inside Cattails Restaurant, which is on the first base side of the stadium, on the fourth floor, and is accessible by the elevator or stairs behind home plate. For more info, visit carolinamudcats.com.
Local regional title winners: The N.C. School of Science and Math boys swimming team grabbed the NCHSAA 1A/2A eastern regional championship recently with the help of two Johnston County residents. Jake Craddock of Smithfield and Nolan Hopkins of Clayton were members of the Unicorns’ talented squad.
NCSSM also finished third in the state championships last weekend.