Apex’s Sydnei Murphy had one of the top indoor track performances ever Saturday at the N.C. High School Athletic Association championships in Winston-Salem.
Murphy set the NCHSAA indoor record with a winning long jump of 19 feet, 7 inches, ran a personal best 6.95 seconds to win the 55 meters and cruised to a 39-feet, 10.5 inch winning leap in the triple jump.
The triple jump was well off her nation-leading personal best of 40 feet, 10.25 inches, but her long jump and 55 were among the top efforts in the country this year. She is among the nation’s top five in each event.
Hobbs death: Chris Hobbs, who helped East Chapel Hill to the 1997 state boys’ basketball championship and who later started at Clemson, died on Monday.
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Details are not known, but former Clemson coach Larry Shyatt informed several of Hobbs’ former teammates of his passing on Monday.
Hobbs, 6-foot-7, was a freshman in 1996-97 when newly opened East Chapel Hill won the 3A championship. Andy Jones hit a 3-pointer as time expired to give the Wildcats the title win against Hickory.
The team was recognized in 2004 as one of the most noteworthy teams in the NCHSAA’s first 90 years.
Cutting back: Garner’s Nyheim Hines said Saturday that he doesn’t plan to run much outdoor track this spring. The N.C. State football recruit was slowed at the end of the football season by a knee injury and he wants to be a full speed when he joins the Wolfpack.
He won the 4A 55-meter indoor championship with a 7.28.
“Getting this state championship ring after not being able to get it in football is something I really wanted,” Hines said. “I’m going to need to rest my knee some before the fall, so I’m probably not going to run much of the outdoor season.
“I’m just glad I get to share an experience like this with my family.”
Apex vaults: Apex pole vaulters were dominating in the 4A indoor track and field championships Saturday. Junior Zoe Early won the girls title and senior Michael Utecht won the boys.
The Cougars’ Drew Pedersen was the boys runner-up and Anna Eaton was third in girls.
Regional wrestling: The Southwest Wake Athletic Conference’s Holly Springs, Cary and Athens Drive finished first through third in the Mideast 4A wrestling regional.
Cary had four individual champions. Holly Springs had two and Athens Drive had one.
Top 20 players: The rivals.com top 100 list has Wake Forest defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence at No. 13. Lawrence, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound defender, helped the Cougars reach the state 4AA finals in 2014.
Havelock linebacker Keion Joyner (6-4, 220) is No. 17.
Waxhaw’s Cuthbertson quarterback Austin Kendall (6-3, 198) is No. 27 and Cornelius’ Hough linebacker Marquill Osborne (5-11, 183) is No. 95. Both Kendall and Osborne are listed as Tennessee commitments.
Eustler passes: Tuesday services are planned for Bill Eustler, an NCHSAA Hall of Fame coach at Rockingham. Eutsler, 96, had a 226-74-14 record in football (1940-71), a 104-24 record in basketball (1947-52), and a 111-48 record in baseball (1947-57).
His teams won four football state championships and a baseball title.
D.Clay Best contributed to this story.