Garner Cleveland: Sports

Hurdlers Williams, Howell shine

Clayton’s Mollie Williams ran the third-fastest 100-meter hurdle time in state history earlier this month during the Russell E. Blunt East Coast Invitational in Durham. Williams ran a wind-legal 13.54-second time to take the title. The run was also the fourth-fastest time in the U.S. this year.

Southeast Raleigh product Jacklyn Howell ran 13.95 seconds in the same event, the third-fastest time in the state this year.

Clayton native Chris Archer finished off its dominating month with a complete-game, 1-0 shutout win over the New York Yankees in Yankee Stadium on Saturday. The win was Archer’s second in Yankee Stadium this season and moved him to 4-0 with a 0.73 earned-run average in his last five starts.

Archer, 24, held the Yankees to two hits and didn’t issue a walk on Saturday while striking out six batters. He is now 6-3 with a 2.39 ERA and two complete games on the season.

His performance on Saturday drew raves from many, including Yankees radio broadcaster John Sterling who called it, “The most dominating pitcher performance against the Yankees this season.”

The Rays have rocketed to the top of the American League East with Archer’s help this month, having gone 22-3 in their past 25 games after Archer’s Saturday victory.

Archer’s next start comes Friday against one of the National League’s best in fellow North Carolinian Madison Bungarner (10-6, 2.76 ERA).

SSS Invitational: The high school cross-country season in Johnston County will get off to its somewhat new but still traditional start on Aug. 24. Smithfield-Selma High will host the Smithfield-Selma Invitational at Smithfield Community Park.

The races begin at 8 a.m. with most of Johnston County’s eight high schools in attendance.

Shuler picks ASU: Phillip Shuler of Southeast Raleigh, the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A heavyweight wrestling champion, has signed with Appalachian State. Shuler was 39-0 in 2013.

Junior golf: The Southeast Raleigh All-Star team of the PGA Junior League which we profiled earlier this summer will play for the state championship this week at Stoney Creek Golf Club near Greensboro. The winner of the state tournament advances to Jacksonville, Fla. for the regionals in mid-August.

The Southeast squad is made up of players from Pine Hollow, River Ridge and Wilmar. Southeast Raleigh defeated Eastern N.C. 8-4 to advance to the state finals.

Members of the team are Janie Gooch, Biggs Hawley, Matt Hayes, Brady Hooks, Colby Jackson, Peter Jackson, Rachael Johnson, Jacob Kallam, Junye Ou and Coltin Scott.