Blackburn sets Middlebury College record in pentathalon
Former Chapel Hill High School standout Hannah Blackburn finished fifth in the women’s pentathlon and set a school record in the process, leading the Middlebury College women’s indoor track team to a seventh-place showing on Saturday at the Division III New England Women’s Championship.
The Panther women racked up 47 team points, with 30 teams participating.
With All-New England honors going to the top-eight placers in each event, Blackburn totaled 2,901 points during the pentathlon’s five disciplines, highlighted by a runner-up finish in the long jump (16 feet, 6.5 inches).
Blackburn, now a college sophomore, also plays volleyball for Middlebury, which is located along the Green Mountains in Vermont.
Chapel Hill Bike Alliance to meet Thursday at DSI
The Bicycle Alliance Chapel Hill plans to meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at the DSI Comedy Theater on West Franklin Street. The agenda includes a discussion of BACH’s March events and updates on the Open Street initiative and on Chapel Hill’s Bike Friendly Business program.
For more information, see http://bikechapelhill.com/.
Basketball playoffs begin
Chapel Hill’s girls basketball team, the repeat champion of the Big Eight Conference, ended its regular season ranked No. 4 in the Triangle by the News & Observer. With the Big Eight Conference tournament canceled, Chapel Hill finished its season at 19-2 and was the No. 4 seed of the NCHSAA 3A East bracket when state playoffs began Tuesday night.
Chapel Hill hosted No. 29 Northeast Guilford (11-11), while No. 9 Northwood (19-3) hosted No. 29 South Johnston (14-8).
Four Big Eight teams earned spots in the boys’ 3A tournament, with Chapel Hill (14-8) playing as the East’s No. 24 team at No. 9 Jacksonville (17-5). Also, No. 10 Orange (16-6) hosted No. 23 South Johnston (14-8). No. 20 Southern Durham (13-9) was sent to No. 13 Triton (12-10), and No. 25 Cedar Ridge (13-9) was at No. 8 Eastern Wayne (8-15), which was the upset winner of the Eastern Carolina Conference tournament.
In the 4A boys’ tournament, East Chapel Hill (11-11) was seeded No. 21 and was to play at No. 12 Greenville Rose (14-8). No. 22 Riverside (17-5) was at No. 11 Cary (17-5), and it was No. 9 Northern Durham (17-5) versus No. 24 Wake Forest Heritage (15-7), and No. 3 Durham Jordan (20-2) against No. 29 Jack Britt (13-9) in the East bracket.
East Chapel Hill’s girls (9-9), seeded No. 29, headed to No. 4 Hope Mills South View (20-2).