Southern Durham didn’t come away with the state title, but the Spartans showed the depth needed to pick up points in several events thanks to a few football players.
Southern was third in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A indoor track and field championships, just two points behind runner-up Jacksonville.
Marcus McDonald, a football signee at UNC-Pembroke, won the triple jump (44 feet, 9 inches). He was also fourth in the long jump. He attributed the team’s around-the-calendar workouts to why it did so well.
“After all the hard work it finally paid off,” McDonald said. “It was a lot of hard work; practices in every condition. It seemed like we were the only ones practicing over winter break.”
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Khaleb McRae was Southern’s only runner-up, finishing second in the 500 (1:07.24).
Montrel Cooper was third in the 500 and Derek Gibbons fourth in the triple jump.