Christian Pigues had run indoor track for a number of years but hadn’t experienced quite the same thrill that comes with winning an N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A indoor track and field championship until Saturday.
The Rolesville runner started his high school career at Trinity Academy of Raleigh, a member of the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association, which does not have an indoor track season.
So he’d run in big invitationals as “unattached,” a runner without a team. In the NCISAA, he won the 2014 1A cross country title and a few outdoor 2A track titles.
By winning the 1,000 (2:30.44), he became Rolesville’s first state boys indoor track champion.
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The Rams had a girls champion last year, when Lauren White won.
“That’s kind of who I looked up to, who I was chasing,” Pigues said.
Pigues pulled his hamstring two months earlier and had been slowly working his way back into form. Now, he’s a part of Rolesville history.
“I don’t feel like I’m fully in shape yet, but I’m progressing nicely,” Pigues said. “A little off the time I wanted to hit today, but I’m satisfied.”