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Warriors Rugby ends season at 7-2

The Chapel Hill Warriors Rugby Club was upset 31-30 by the Charlotte Barbarians, who scored a try and a conversion as time expired Saturday, in the second round of the Carolinas Union playoffs.

The Warriors’ only previous loss had come in a 14-13 decision in Charlotte, but they avenged that later in the season with a 49-5 rout of the Barbarians in Chapel Hill. That match guaranteed Chapel Hill the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

Both teams had 7-2 records after Saturday's game.

Road race schedule getting crowded

Last weekend was a full one for area road races.

Adam Lawrence of Chapel Hill won Saturday’s Carolina Brewery 20th Anniversary Run in Southern Village with his time of 18:18.6. Emile Mainz was the first female across the line and sixth overall with her time of 21:52.5.

Precocious 11-year-old Jack Dingman recorded an impressive 18:29.0 to come in second at Southern Village and won the 19-under age group, while Scott Houck, 30, was third overall in 20:25.6.

Logan Dingman, age 9, came in fourth (21:19.0) while 36-year-old Lee Dingman (21:26.5) was right behind him in fifth place.

Kaitlin Healy (25:48.3) was the female runner-up in the Brewery 5K, and Laura Kimmey of Durham (30:53.1), was third and won the women’s 30-39 age group.

Chapel Hill runner Kevin Timp won the Occoneechee Speedway 5K in Hillsborough. Running on the trail that circles the Historic Orange Speedway Track, Timp clocked in Saturday with an excellent time of 17:06.2. Anna Geib, age 14, of Hillsborough was the No. 1 female and seventh overall in 20:29.7.

Austin Morgan (18:32.5) was second in the Occoneechee race, and Kyle Van Tubbergh (18:45.0) was third. Gilda Doria (21:47.9) was the female runner-up, and Debbie Corina (22:08.2) was third.

Becca Wells was the female winner in Saturday’s Tata Trot 5K in downtown Burlington with a time of 21:22.7, while Matt Sommer of Elon was the overall winner in 18:14.2.

The busy road race season hits its apex with this Saturday’s running of the Tar Heel 10-miler and Fleet 4-mile road races in downtown Chapel Hill.

That’ll be followed April 25 by the 5K for Fitness around the UNC campus and down Franklin Street, organized in support of the Public School Foundation.

Blackburn wins twice for Middlebury

Former Chapel Hill track standout Hannah Blackburn was a double winner last Saturday in the Dick Farley Invitational at Williams College. Blackburn, now a sophomore on Middlebury College’s track and field team, crossed the line first in the 100-meter hurdles (15.21 seconds), and she notched her second win of the day win a leap of 17 feet-even in the long jump.

Legislature mulling alternate teams

The N.C. General Assembly is considering legislation that would allow public, private and home school students to participate in interscholastic athletics and extracurricular activities at the closest public school if the school they attend does not have that program.

Senate bill 649 would allow a student at a N.C. Independent School Athletic Association, for example, to participate in indoor track at the closest public school that has an indoor track program because the NCISAA does not compete in indoor track. A home schooled student would be permitted to play sports at the closest public school or be involved in the closest school’s drama program. Students at public schools that do not have swimming programs would be allowed to swim with the closest public school team.

Students would be subject to the terms and conditions applicable to a regularly enrolled member of that school’s student body.

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