Chapel Hill: Sports

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Runners prepare for NCHSAA indoor championships

Runners from Carrboro, Chapel Hill and East Chapel Hill will be heading to Winston-Salem this weekend for the N.C. High School Athletics Association’s indoor track state championships at the JDL FastTrack in Winston-Salem. The 1A/2A meet will start at 4 p.m. on Friday. Two championshps will be conducted on Saturday, with the 3A meet scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and the 4A championship scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. start.

Highlanders hosting free, ‘touch-only’ games

The Highlander Rugby Club encourages any kids interested in the sport to watch or take part in introductory practice sessions at Lincoln Center’s field off Merritt Mill Road, featuring non-contact “touch-only” games. The sessions run 5-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and also 4-5 p.m. on Sundays.

The sessions are designed to help kids, regardless of experience, understand the fundamentals of the game of rugby, the newest Olympic sport to be hosted in the 2016 games.

The Chapel Hill Highlanders youth rugby club is a non-profit, community-based organization that provides youth rugby for boys and girls ages 7-15 in Orange, Durham and Chatham counties. The HRC runs three youth teams: for age groups U10, U12 and U14.

N.C. youth rugby runs from February until mid-May, including Triangle league games where the Highlanders teams will play against other clubs from Raleigh, Clayton, Greensboro and Charlotte on most weekends during the season.

Carolina Fever draws 150 for Fight Cancer 5K

Edgar Lopez was the first runner across the line last Saturday in the Carolina Fever - Fight Cancer 5K road race, finishing with a time of 19:43. Alex Fisher of Greensboro was second (20:25) and Peter Passaro third (21:11).

Annie Kingman (22:03) was the first female finisher, followed by Darcy McFarlane (22:13) and Danal O’Halloran (22:51).

Age-group winners in the field of almost 150 runners included: 51-and-up male winner Tim Godsey of Chapel Hill (22:12); 51-up female winner Pattie Van Den Eynde of Kennesaw, Ga. (43:36); 18-under female winner Jessica Blanks (24:18); 18-under male winner Zachary Dickson (21:24), who was fourth overall; 19-29 female winner Kagan Griffin (23:17); 19-29 male winner Adriel Lubarsky (21:37); 30-50 female winner Ashley Manuel of Durham (34:36) and 30-50 male winner Kevin Ressler (31:055).

Proceeeds from the 5K will go to the Vs Cancer Foundation.