Broughton High’s Jeremy Brown, the 2014 state 4A boys cross country champion, was named as the N.C. Gatorade cross country boys runner of the year on Thursday. Green Hope’s Elly Henes previously had been selected for the girls honor.
Brown, a junior, won the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A title with a time of 15:50.03. He led the Caps to their fourth straight NCHSAA 4A title.
He later was third in the Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional championships in 14:57 and then finished 23rd at the Nike Cross Nationals (15:48).
“I could not be more proud of Jeremy,” said Broughton coach Dave Christian. “He is one of the hardest working runners in the state and his performances and this honor is merely the recognition of his dedication to become a champion.
“He not only continues to work hard but he serves, for our program at Broughton, as a model that hard work does pay off and that a team-first focus can produce individual accomplishments and recognition.”
Green Hope’s Elly Henes had been named the girls winner earlier.
Marshall plans announcement: Millbrook running back Marcus Marshall, who averaged 222 yards rushing per game in the playoffs, plans to commit to Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, James Madison or N.C. State on Jan. 27.
He has visited all of his finalists except Georgia Tech and plans to go there on Jan. 23.
Marshall has an overall grade point average of 4.3 and he said his decision has as much to do with academics as it does with athletics.
“I am taking my time and evaluating all of the schools on where I fit best academically, athletically and socially,” Marshall said.
“I’m just figuring it. I want to make the best decision.”
Visiting Stanford: Wake Forest High football running back Bryce Love left Thursday for Stanford University.
Chris Love, Bryce’s father, said Thursday that Bryce, who has an overall grade point average of 4.8, was accepted at Stanford last Friday, but that Bryce was not committed to the West Coast school.
Love expects to announce his college decision on Jan. 30. His list of finalists includes Tennessee, Stanford, Virginia Tech, N.C. State, East Carolina and North Carolina.
He led Wake Forest to the NCHSAA 4AA finals in 2013 and 2012. He rushed for 2,309 yards and scored 39 touchdowns.
Messer to Elon: Warren Messer, a 6-foot-1, 225-pound linebacker at Garner, has committed to Elon University. Messer was a mainstay on the Garner defense during a 13-2 season.
Lawrence exploring options: Dexter Lawrence, Wake Forest’s 6-foot-5, 310-pound junior defensive lineman, is working his way through the recruiting process.
Lawrence told Adam Friedman of Rivals.com that he enjoyed a visit to UNC. He also has interest in N.C. State.
Clemson has offered and he plans to talk to Florida. He has been in touch with former LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis, who is now at Texas A&M. He also is considering going to a summer camp at Alabama.
Southeast vs. Hillside: Durham Hillside will play at Southeast Raleigh in boys and girls basketball on Monday in what the schools hope will become an annual Martin Luther King celebration.