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Jordan boys, Hillside girls split PAC-6 track and field championships

Ashlan Bowdry, right, of Hillside passes the baton to her teammate Emmaya Waters, left, in the 4x200m relay race during the PAC-6 Track and Field Championships that took place at the Hillside High School in Durham, N.C. on Wednesday, May 5, 2016.
Ashlan Bowdry, right, of Hillside passes the baton to her teammate Emmaya Waters, left, in the 4x200m relay race during the PAC-6 Track and Field Championships that took place at the Hillside High School in Durham, N.C. on Wednesday, May 5, 2016. newsobserver.com

Hillside’s Marcus Krah clocked another sub-14-second 110-meter high hurdles time that was part of his four victories in the PAC-6 Conference track and field finals Wednesday on his home track.

The senior’s time of 13.78 seconds in his specialty won easily by the margin of the last two hurdles, although it was shy of his state-leading 13.61. But despite not receiving push, he made a point of seeking out the other finalists with sincere handshakes.

“That’s from growing up in my family and having two brothers that were great athletes but we’re never cocky,” Krah said. “They always checked me growing up. They expect me to compete with maturity.”

Myer Krah was a linebacker/defensive back at Navy and graduates this spring. Aaron Krah was a defensive back at Appalachian State and also graduates this spring (Myer is a year older but attended the U.S. Naval Prep School before his admission to Annapolis).

Marcus’ college future, though, is in track and field at North Carolina.

He will arrive with at least one state title and maybe more under his belt. He won the N.C. High School Athletic Association 110 highs state title as a sophomore in 14.04, but he settled for second in the event as a junior in 13.84. He wants to regain the state hurdles title, but he’ll also be chasing titles in the long jump and triple jump. He won the long jump at 22 feet, 3 inches and the triple jump at 47-7 1/2. He is the state triple leader at 47-11 1/2.

“What’s in the past is in the past,” he said of 2015. “What motivates me now is trying to help the team in the state meet. I’ll run wherever coach needs me.”

Krah also ran a leg on the 400-meter relay team with Myles Dillon, Simeon Johnson and Jaylan Mitchel that won in 43.34.

Team Champions

Jordan claimed only one event, but Caleb Wright’s victory in the pole vault (12-6) was enough for the team title when combined with depth throughout the meet. Jordan scored 135 points to Hillside’s 109.

Hillside’s Jamila McCoy and Gabrielle Ryan were double-winners to lead the Hornets to the girls’ team with 172.3 points. East Chapel Hill was second with 91.

McCoy won the 100 (12.48) and 200 (25.11) and Ryan the high jump (5-0) and long jump (16-2). Other Hornets winning events were Jessica Wright, 400 (56.82); Jada Green, triple jump, 34-2 1/2 and Kayla Beasley, shot put (38-6).

More Winners

Two other boys to double were Person’s Dontavian Smith and Northern Durham’s Demazio Samuel. Smith won the 100 (10.72) and the 200 (21.55) and Samuel swept the shot put (49-2) and the discus (151-1).

In the girls’ meet, East Chapel Hill’s Lilly Price won the 800 (2:25.72) and the 1,600 (5:16.62).

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