Talk about EPIC.
That described the ubiquitous Tiffany Bartholomew while winning four uniquely grouped events in the Eastern Plains Independent Conference track and field finals Saturday at Cary Academy.
Bartholomew wore a St. David’s singlet dashing between 100- and 200-meters victories and winning throws in the shot put circle and discus ring. When she warmed up or rested between events, she pulled on a St. David’s swimming sweatshirt.
The two sports reflected her multi-sport ability in this age of specialization, but they are only two of her five sports and 20 varsity letters. One of the advantages of attending a small school is coaches are willing to share athletes.
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“I’ve really liked the opportunity I’ve had to play so many sports here,” Bartholomew said. “I’m grateful our athletic director (Sherry Kapelar) and the coaches worked with me to make the opportunities available. It’s a blessing.”
The 5-foot-11 Bartholomew is committed to Pfeiffer University, an NCAA Division II school in Misenheimer, N.C. She has played varsity softball at St. David’s since seventh grade and has been the Warriors’ pitcher since eighth grade (schools in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association don’t limit varsity athletes to four years, grades 9-through-12).
To sum up her varsity career, in the fall she earned five varsity letters in cross country; in the winter, five in basketball and one in swimming her senior year; in the spring, six in softball and three in track since her sophomore year.
She won the 100 meters in 12.7 seconds and the 200 in 27.4. She took shot put at 30 feet, 8 inches and the discus at 98-7.
Cary Christian’s girls used double wins from Allison Stogner and team depth to win the girls title with 203 points to St. David’s 165.
Stogner won the 1,600 in 5:41.3 and the 800 in 2:36.4. Also winning events for Cary Christian were Brooke Lindsey in the 400 (1:02.3) and Mary Kathryn Carriker in the triple jump (26-0).
St. David’s won the boys team title behind Melvin Briggs sweep of the 100 (11.2) and 200 (23.5) and an anchor leg on the winning 400 relay team (47.1).
The 5-10, 205-pounder is committed in football to Oberlin College, an NCAA Div. III school in Oberlin, Ohio. He was an N&O All-Metro pick last fall with 1,833 yards and 38 touchdowns, but ran track for the first time this spring to improve his speed for college.
“I’ve been working on my techniques and explosiveness,” Briggs said. “I’m excited about college.”
Briggs was the only athlete to win multiple individual events in the boys competition. Other St. David’s winners were James Nye, 110 hurdles (18.1); Robbie O’Han, high jump (5-10); Kevin Godeaux, long jump (18-11 ½); and Chase Coker, shot put (35-5 ½).
In the boys’ meet, Trinity Academy Raleigh featured four gold medalists: Alex Hibbs, 800 (2:54.1); Christian Pigues, 1600 (4:39.2); Luke Trebel, 300 hurdles (45.3); and Matthew Young, triple jump (34-1 ½).
Other winners were Grace Christian’s Ian Mitchell, 400 (52.6); Grace Christian’s Will Sossaman, 3,200 (10:53.9); and Cary Christian’s Scott Shinn, discus (85-2).
In the girls meet, another double-winner was O’Neal’s Toyin Koleoso in the 100 hurdles (16.9) and 300 hurdles (49.1). Other winners were O’Neal’s Molly Kuzma, 3,200 (12:39.8); St. David’s Madison Welsh, high jump (4-6); and O’Neal’s Madison Fox, long jump (13-5 ¾).