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N&O high school girls indoor track and field preview: Leesville Road aims for more

Leesville Road's Sydney Winchell passes the baton to Nevada Mareno for the final leg of their Championship run of the girl's 4x800 meter relay, during The NCHSAA 4A Indoor Track and Field Championship. Saturday February 14, 2015, Winston Salem, N.C.
Leesville Road's Sydney Winchell passes the baton to Nevada Mareno for the final leg of their Championship run of the girl's 4x800 meter relay, during The NCHSAA 4A Indoor Track and Field Championship. Saturday February 14, 2015, Winston Salem, N.C. newsobserver.com

Leesville Road made a statement in last year’s N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A girls indoor track and field championships by setting three state records.

They can go for those same records, but they’d be breaking their own. The Pride returns all four members from the 3,200 relay (9:25.42) team: Taylor Hemming, G’Jasmyne Butler, Sydney Winchel and Nevada Mareno.

Mareno, coming off a cross country championship, could set state records in the 1,000 (2:53.81) and the 1,600 (4:57.77) for the third straight year. The junior broke the original marks as a freshman, then topped them as a sophomore.

Other teams to watch

Apex: Second in the 4A meet. Zoe Early won the girls pole vault gold at 12-6. Wheelchair athlete Cara King returns for her sophomore year.

Cardinal Gibbons: Now in 4A, the Crusaders were runner-up in 3A last year. The Crusaders return the entire 3,200-meter relay (10:04.23) team in Annie Pierce, Abby Doyle, Alina Rovnall and Sophie Ebihara. Ebihara also won the 3,200 (11:13.93).

Cary: Third in the 4A meet by one point behind Apex. Senior Charminique Hackney was fourth in the 4A 55 meter dash (7.09). Classmate Sarah Venbale and Obomate Asimiea return to the Imps’ standout relay teams.

Chapel Hill: The Tigers were third in the 3A 3,200 relay (10:10.54) with sophomores Madi Marvin, Anna Stouffer and Grace Tate as well as senior Milly Ames. Sophomore Katherine Dokholyan was fifth in the 1,600.

Cleveland: The Rams return three-fourths of the winning 3A 800 relay team (1:49.78) in juniors Imani Williams and Cassidy McNierney and senior Sydni Fields.

Green Hope: N.C. State recruit Elly Henes won the 4A 3,200 (setting a state record at 10:43.45) and was third in the 1,600. Katie Tomasi was fourth in the 1,600 while Kate Hall was sixth in the 1,000.

Leesville Road: Butler, a senior, was also third in the 1,000. The same four that broke the 3,200 relay were fifth in the 1,600 relay.

Wakefield: Leona Medley was fourth in 4A triple jump (36-6). Taylor Scott and Breanne Bygrave also contributed.

Individuals to watch

Kristoni Barnes, Sr., Wake Forest: Seventh in 4A 500.

Timara Chapman, Soph., Sanderson: Third in 4A high jump (5-4).

Simi Gbadegesin, Jr., Durham School of the Arts: Won the 2A 500 (1:21.37).

Samara Gibson, Jr., Corinth Holders: Fourth in 3A 500.

Cathy Jackson, Sr., Sanderson: Third in 4A 55 meter hurdles (8.33).

Asya Macon, Sr., Southeast Raleigh: Sixth in 4A 500.

Katie Nelson, Jr., Middle Creek: Fourth in 4A high jump (5-2).

Taylor Sutton, Soph., Garner: Second in the 4A high jump (5-4).

Kleo Torres, Sr., Southeast Raleigh: Fifth in 4A 500.

Jessica Wright, Soph., Hillside: Seventh in 4A 300 dash.

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