High School Sports

Girls track and field preview: Apex’s Sydnei Murphy chases four titles

Apex High senior Sydnei Murphy plans to pursue four individual NCHSAA track and field individual championships.
Apex High senior Sydnei Murphy plans to pursue four individual NCHSAA track and field individual championships. Dean Strickland, OD

Sydnei Murphy won three N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A indoor track and field championships and is taking aim at four outdoor titles this spring.

Murphy, a senior at Apex, won the long jump and triple jump outdoors in 2014, was second in the 100 and sixth in the 200.

She won the jumps and the 55 meters in the indoor titles.

“Four is the goal,” Murphy said. “That’s what I’m shooting for.”

Winning four individual 4A girls titles is believed to have been done only twice. Southeast Raleigh’s Gabby Mayo won the 100, 200, 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles in 2006. Southern Durham’s Jacinda Evans won the 100, 200, long jump and triple jump in 2008.

“I think it is possible. The way the competition times are spread out, you can have a little time to recover,” Murphy said. “But you’d have to have an incredible day to win all four.”

Murphy did not compete in the triple jump until she was in high school.

“I couldn’t get it. It didn’t come natural,” she said. “The coach asked me to try because he thought I might be able to pick up a few points. I thought he meant points in dual meets and maybe the conference meets.

“But I worked at it and sort of got the rhythm.”

She had the longest triple jump in the nation by a high school girl during the indoor season.

Other champions to watch

Name, school

Class

Result

Maysa Araba, Carrboro

Sr.

2A 800 and 1,600; cross country champ

Kathleen Brandes, Ravenscroft

Sr.

NCISAA 3A pole vault

Jordyn Brown, Jordan

Sr.

4A indoor and outdoor high jump

Alex Council, Northwood

Sr.

3A indoor 55

Savannah Creed, South Johnston

Sr.

3A indoor pole vault

Eliza Dekker, Durham Academy

Sr.

NCISAA record in 800 meters

Anna Eaton, Apex

Sr.

4A pole vault

Zoe Early, Apex

Jr.

4A indoor pole vault

Sophie Ebihara, Cardinal Gibbons

Jr.

3A indoor 3,200

Ryen Frazier, Ravenscroft

Sr.

National champ in mile; NCISAA 1,600 and 3,200

Simi Gbadegesin, Durham School of Arts

Soph.

1A/2A indoor 500

Elly Henes, Green Hope

Jr.

4A 3,200 indoors

Cara King, Apex

Fr.

4A wheelchair 55-meter

Nevada Mareno, Leesville Road

Soph.

4A indoor 1,000 and 1,600

Helen Morken, Carrboro

Jr.

2A 3,200

Cha’mia Rothwell, Durham Academy

Jr.

NCISAA 3A 200

Kacia Vines, Cedar Ridge

Sr.

3A long jump

Tainasha Vines, Bunn

Sr.

2A long jump, triple jump

Layla White, Cary

Sr.

4A 400 meters outdoor, 500 meters indoor

Vanisha Wilshire, Louisburg

Sr.

1A triple jump

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