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
Maysa Araba, Carrboro
2A 800 and 1,600; cross country champ
Kathleen Brandes, Ravenscroft
NCISAA 3A pole vault
Jordyn Brown, Jordan
4A indoor and outdoor high jump
Alex Council, Northwood
3A indoor 55
Savannah Creed, South Johnston
3A indoor pole vault
Eliza Dekker, Durham Academy
NCISAA record in 800 meters
Anna Eaton, Apex
4A pole vault
Zoe Early, Apex
4A indoor pole vault
Sophie Ebihara, Cardinal Gibbons
3A indoor 3,200
Ryen Frazier, Ravenscroft
National champ in mile; NCISAA 1,600 and 3,200
Simi Gbadegesin, Durham School of Arts
1A/2A indoor 500
Elly Henes, Green Hope
4A 3,200 indoors
Cara King, Apex
4A wheelchair 55-meter
Nevada Mareno, Leesville Road
4A indoor 1,000 and 1,600
Helen Morken, Carrboro
Cha’mia Rothwell, Durham Academy
NCISAA 3A 200
Kacia Vines, Cedar Ridge
3A long jump
Tainasha Vines, Bunn
2A long jump, triple jump
Layla White, Cary
4A 400 meters outdoor, 500 meters indoor
Vanisha Wilshire, Louisburg
1A triple jump