High School Sports

N&O high school boys indoor track and field preview: Hillside duo keeps winning titles

Marcus Krah won the 55m hurdles in 7.24 at February’s NCHSAA 4A Indoor Track & Field Championship.
Marcus Krah won the 55m hurdles in 7.24 at February’s NCHSAA 4A Indoor Track & Field Championship. newsobserver.com

Hillside has a duo that’s sure to add to the Hornets’ collection of individual boys indoor track and field titles this season.

Marcus Krah, who also excels at jumps, has twice set the 4A state record in the 55 hurdles. His time of 7.24 broke his old time of 7.29. He was third in the long jump and second in the triple jump.

Teammate Desmond Jackson, who has a prosthetic leg, wins titles in the adaptive group. Last year the junior scored wins in the amputee 300, the long jump and the 55 dash.

Teams to watch

Cardinal Gibbons: Senior Connor Peoples won the 3A 1,000 (2:32.98), but this year the Crusaders are in the 4A division. Classmate Connor Lane was third in the 3,200 as Gibbons finished fifth in 3A.

Hillside: In addition to Krah and Lawrence, the Hornets have McKinly Brown, a senior who was fifth in the 4A 500.

Millbrook: The 4A runner-up returns Elijah Coley, who was third in the pole vault. The Wildcats’ 1,600 relay team finished fifth in the state.

Southeast Raleigh: The Bulldogs’ 1,600 relay team set the state record (3:24.50) and returns Jayquan Williams and Jayon Woodard from that group. Woodard was second in the 4A 500 while Williams was seventh in the 1,000.

Individuals to watch

Terrell Adams, Sr., Middle Creek: Was second in 4A shot put.

Derek Duin, Sr., Apex: Sixth in 4A 1,600.

Daniel Ligons, Sr., Holly Springs: Third in 4A shot put.

Dylan Peebles, Sr., Wakefield: Won the 4A 300 title (34.53).

Omar Sanchez, Jr., Broughton: Second in the wheelchair shot put and wheelchair 55.

Robert Simmons, Sr., Broughton: Third in the 4A 3,200.

Henry Pehr, Sr. Green Hope: Third in 4A 1,600.

Alex Roy, Sr., Clayton: Seventh in 4A 1,600.

J. Mike Blake: 919-460-2606, @JMBpreps