Apex High’s Sydnei Murphy and Ravenscroft’s Ryen Frazier have the nation’s best performances in their indoor track specialties as winter track season winds down.
Frazier has the top times in the 1,500 meters (4:22.3) and mile (4:41.56). She has run three of the four fastest mile times this year in girls track, according to Jim Spier of the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation.
Murphy is tops in the girls triple jump (40-feet, 10.5 inches) and is third in 55 meters (6.97 seconds).
Durham Hillside’s Marcus Krah has run three of the top four times in the boys 55 hurdles with a best of 7.25. Sanderson’s Emanuel Jackson has the third fastest time (7.38 seconds).
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Also among the national leaders are Cary’s Layla White (top three in 500 meters, 1:15.47), Leesville Road’s Nevada Mareno (third in girls 1,000, 2:49.79) and Garner’s Nyheim Hines (sixth in 55, 6.32 seconds).
The N.C. High School Athletic Association indoor championships will be Feb. 13 (1A/2A) and 14 (3A and 4A) in Winston-Salem.
The N.C. Independent School Athletic Association, of which Ravenscroft is a member, does not have an indoor track season.
Smithfield-Selma names coaches: Wes Hill, a Smithfield-Selma High graduate, is the Spartans’ new head football coach and Camarillo, Calif., native Mike Sliger takes over the head baseball post. They replace David Lawhon, who had coached both sports before resigning.
Hill played center and linebacker under Coach Jack Gaster, who led the program to some of its most successful seasons. Hill was an assistant for eight years at Clayton under Gary Fowler before joining Lawhon’s staff at SSS in 2013.
Sliger played at Oklahoma Baptist University after a four-year varsity career in baseball and football at Adolfo Camarillo High School. After serving as a graduate assistant at OBU, he coached in a California collegiate summer league – the Santa Paula Halos – in 2013 and coached at Aldofo Camarillo until moving to North Carolina.
Ehrman speaks at Broughton: Joe Ehrman, one of the national leaders in building character with athletics, will speak at Broughton High on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. There is no admission fee.
Ehrman was a defensive lineman for the Baltimore Colts and may be best known as the subject of Jeffrey Marx’ best-selling book, Season of Life. Ehrman more recently has written about his coaching philosophy in InSideOut Coaching.
Parade magazine has called Ehrman the most important coach in America.
Chargers win swimming: Cary Academy won the boys and girls Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Association swimming teams. The Ravenscroft girls, the 2014 NCISAA champions, had a swimmer win every race except one, but CA used its depth to win the team title 163-153.
The Chargers topped Durham Academy 164-125 for the boys title as Michael Todd won the 200-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly. He shared MCP honors with Nathan Greeley of Durham Academy, who won the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke.
Ravenscroft’s Chloe Mikles was the girls MVP with wins in the 200 and 100 freestyles.
The NCISAA swimming championships will be Feb. 16 at the Greensboro Aquatics Center.
Swimming regionals: Most NCHSAA regional swimming championships will be held on Saturday. The 4A East, which includes Triangle schools, competed Friday at the Triangle Aquatic Center, which is also the site of Saturday’s 3A East and 1A/2A East regionals.
The 1A/2A East begins at 8:30 a.m., with the 3A swimmers hitting the water at 4:00 p.m.
Wrestling finals: NCHSAA dual-team wrestling championships also are scheduled for Saturday.
Mitchell (27-4) is at home against Chatham Central (24-6) in the 5 p.m., 1-A championship. In 3A, Eden Morehead (30-2) goes to Newton Foard (39-1) at 2 p.m. In 2A, Newport Croatan (28-6) is at home against West Lincoln (34-5) in a 5 p.m.
Southeast Guilford (25-0) is at Fayetteville Britt (24-2) at 6 p.m., for the 4A final.
Dual-team wrestling is the only NCHSAA state championship that is not conducted in a neutral venue.