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Southwest Wake Athletic Conference indoor track preview

Cary High’s Charminique Hackney wins the girls 55 meter dash championship. The NCHSAA 4A State Indoor Track Championships were held in Winston-Salem, N.C. on February 8, 2014.
Cary High’s Charminique Hackney wins the girls 55 meter dash championship. The NCHSAA 4A State Indoor Track Championships were held in Winston-Salem, N.C. on February 8, 2014. Dean Strickland, OD

The Southwest Wake Athletic Conference, like the majority of NCHSAA schools, does not have conference championships for indoor track.

But a state title may be in reach for not only SWAC individuals, but teams as well.

Apex’s boys came close to winning the NCHSAA 4A outdoor title last spring and were fifth in indoor championships.

The Cougars were strong in the pole vault, claiming the first three places. Indoor champ Michael Utecht (15 feet) and outdoor champ Drew Pederson (14 ) are back.

Cary senior Dean Asbushouk took sixth in the 4A indoor 3,200 (9:45.33) and was fifth in cross country (16:13).

Fuquay-Varina senior Parker Lee finished in the 1,600 (4:27.72).

On the girls’ side, Cary was third in last year’s championships.

Junior Charminique Hackney won the 4A 55-meter dash (7.05) while Layla White won the 500 (1:15.12) and was fifth in the 300 (40.25). Lakeisha Warner was third in the 500 (1:16.59).

Apex’s Sydnei Murphy, who recently signed with Duke, set the NCHSAA record with a winning leap of 19 feet, 4 inches in the 4A indoor long jump. She was third in the 55-meter dash (7.11 seconds).

Senior Anna Eaton won the pole vault (12 feet) to help the Cougars finish fifth.

Green Hope will be strong in the distance events as cross country champ Elly Henes returns to where she was fourth in the 1,600 (5:10.77).

Panther Creek senior Rebekah Greengrass, sixth in the state in cross country championships, was third in the 1,600 indoors (5:08.79) a season ago.

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