Apex standout sprinter Alexis Murphy entered the 100-meter dash the 4A state track and field team championships at the Irwin Belk Track on the campus of N.C. A&T University Saturday just looking to have a good time.
Good thing she did; she won, with a personal best run of 11.66.
“I just thought about it as a confidence builder to help me get ready for the 200,” Murphy said. “I was just looking to have a good time in that race. It was a great surprise.”
Murphy won the 200 (23.96) as well, edging a game Tyler Brockington of Greensboro Dudley, who pushed the pace in the final 50 meters only to be turned back by Murphy.
It was Murphy’s third individual state title of her high school career; she will run at the University of South Carolina next year.
Wakefield’s girls repeated their title with 60 points to runner-up West Mecklenburg’s 35.
Apex’s girls tied for sixth with 31 points.
Knightdale’s boys finished with 67 points to Pfafftown Reagan’s 38 on the day. The Fuquay-Varina boys were the highest-finishing Tri-Nine Conference team, finishing 10th overall with 21 points.
The Bengals’ Brian Davis was second in the 400, Clay Jones was fourth in the 800, and the 4-by-400 relay team took third.