High School Sports

The 7 things to watch for in the NCHSAA indoor track and field championships

Hillside's Marcus Krah Completes a championship run in the boy's 55 meter hurdles with a time of 7.24, during The NCHSAA 4A Indoor Track and Field Championship. Saturday February 14, 2015, Winston Salem, N.C.
Hillside's Marcus Krah Completes a championship run in the boy's 55 meter hurdles with a time of 7.24, during The NCHSAA 4A Indoor Track and Field Championship. Saturday February 14, 2015, Winston Salem, N.C. newsobserver.com

The N.C. High School Athletic Association’s indoor track and field championships are this weekend, with 3A taking the stage Friday night at Winston-Salem’s JDL Fast Track followed by 1A/2A Saturday morning and 4A Saturday evening.

With those competitions looming, here are some storyline to follow for the N&O greater Triangle area.

1. The returning champs

Here’s who is back (non-relay version): Apex’s Zoe Early (4A girls pole vault)... Green Hope’s Elly Henes (4A girls, 3,200)... Wakefield’s Dylan Peebles (4A boys 300)... Hillside’s Marcus Krah (4A boys 55 hurdles)... Hillside’s Desmond Jackson (4A boys amputee 300, long jump and 55 dash)... Cardinal Gibbons’ Connor Peoples (3A boys 1,000)... Cardinal Gibbons’ Sophie Ebihara (3A girls 3,200)... North Johnston’s Dylan Pinder (1A/2A boys 55-meter wheelchair)... Durham School of the Arts’ Simi Gbadegesin (1A/2A girls 500).

2. No Nevada Mareno

Mareno broke her own state records in the 1,000 and 1,600 as a sophomore and won the 4A cross country championships in the fall as a junior. But she is not entered in any events for the indoor championships.

3. More Marcus Krah brilliance

The Hillside senior broke the 55 meter hurdles record as a sophomore in 2014, then broke it again as a junior in 2015. He’s a rare two-time defending champ this year.

4. History in 4A?

Connor Peoples and Sophie Ebihara won 3A titles last year but could become Gibbons’ first individual champs at the 4A level in any sport. Peoples is seeded first in the 1,000. Also, Rolesville’s Lauren White is seeded first in the 4A long jump. If she wins, she’ll be the school’s first state champ in any sport.

5. Watch for Cleveland, Chapel Hill girls

The Rams could make a little noise in 3A, particularly where they return everyone from last year’s 4-by-200 relay team that’s seeded first by almost two full seconds. Junior Cassidy McNierney could medal in the triple and long jump. Chapel Hill’s strength will be almost exclusively in the distance events.

6. Area athletes seeded first

1A/2A Saturday morning: Franklinton’s Jivel Teasley (boys high jump); Carrboro’s Magnus Herweyer (boys shot put)

3A Friday: Northwood’s Tessa Sheets (girls pole vault); Chapel Hill’s Anna Passannante (girls 1000)

4A Saturday evening: Rolesville’s Lauren White (girls long jump); Hillside’s Desmond Jackson (amputee long jump, 55, 300); Middle Creek’s Terrell Adams (boys shot put); Millbrook’s Elijah Cole (boys pole vault); Leesville Road’s 4-by-800 girls relay team; Green Hope’s 4-by-800 boys relay team; Wakefield’s Breanne Bygrave (girls 55 hurdles); Hillside’s Marcus Krah (boys 55 hurdles); Apex’s Cara King (girls wheelchair 55); Broughton’s Omar Sanchez (boys wheelchair 55); Southeast Raleigh’s 4-by-200 girls relay; Green Hope’s Elly Henes (girls 1600); Cardinal Gibbons’ Connor Peoples (boys 1000); Southeast Raleigh’s 4-by-400 girls relay; Green Hope’s 4-by-400 boys relay.

7. Area athlete seeded second, third or fourth

1A/2A Saturday morning: Franklinton’s Lia Harris (girls high jump); Franklinton’s Jivel Teasley (boys long jump); Johnston’s Dylan Pinder (boys wheelchair 55 and shot put); Franklinton’s 4-by-800 boys relay; Durham School of the Arts’ Simi Gbadegesin (girls 500); Research Triangle’s Michal Swepson (boys 3200)

3A Friday: Cleveland’s Cassidy McNierney (girls long jump and triple jump); Chapel Hill’s 4-by-800 girls relay; Orange’s Montee Mitchell (boys 55 hurdles); Cleveland’s 4-by-200 girls relay; Chapel Hill’s Kathernie Dokholyan (girls 1600 and 3200); Chapel Hill’s Marija Crook (girls 1600 and 3200); Chapel Hill’s Clare McNamara (girls 1600); South Johnston’s Jacob Gonzalez (boys 1600); Corinth Holders’ Samara Gibson (girls 500 and 300); Corinth Holders’ Austin Carroll (boys 1000)

4A Saturday evening: Southeast Raleigh’s Saidah Hardwick (girls high jump); Athens Drive’s Khadeavis Snead (boys high jump); Jordan’s Kezia Holder-Cozart (girls long jump); Hillside’s Marcus Krah (boys long jump and triple jump); Cary’s Kadicha Providence (girls triple jump); Wakefield’s Leona Medley (girls triple jump); Hillside’s Kayla Beasley (girls shot put); Wakefield’s Veronica Fraley (girls shot put); Southeast Raleigh’s Candice Whitley (girls shot put); Apex’s Cara King (girls wheelchair shot put); Broughton’s Omar Sanchez (boys wheelchair shot put); Apex’s Zoe Early (girls pole vault); Cary’s Olivia Goodwin (girls pole vault); Broughton’s Matt Dillon (boys pole vault); Apex’s Zach Taft (boys pole vault); Green Hope’s 4-by-800 girls relay team; Southeast Raleigh’s 4-by-800 girls relay team; Broughton’s 4-by-800 boys relay team; Leesville Road’s Shellbi Chapman (girls 55 hurdles and 500); Southeast Raleigh’s Anthony Richardson (boys 55 hurdles); Leesville Road’s 4-by-200 girls relay; Wakefield’s 4-by-200 girls relay; Green Hope’s Henry Pehr (boys 1600 and 1000); Cardinal Gibbons’ Connor Peoples (boys 1600); Cardinal Gibbons’ Sam Grelck (boys 1600); Southeast Raleigh’s Kleo Torres (girls 500); Southeast Raleigh’s Aysa Macon (girls 500); Green Hope’s William Hoffman (boys 500); Green Hope’s Elly Henes (girls 1000 and 3200); Leesville Road’s G’Jasmyne Butler (girls 1000); Green Hope’s Jayquan Williams (boys 1000); Wakefield’s Breanne Bygrave (girls 300); Wakefield’s Dylan Peebles (boys 300); Cardinal Gibbons’ Connor Lane (boys 3200); Apex’s Ben Savino (boys 3200); Middle Creek’s Jack Crawley (boys 3200); Leesville Road’s 4-by-400 girls relay; Wakefield’s 4-by-400 girls relay; Southeast Raleigh’s 4-by-400 boys relay.