Hopewell High senior Brandon Dunford had the highest finish among a contingent of Lake Norman-area athletes competing in the 2010-11 Class 4A winter tack and field championship at Fayetteville’s Reid Ross Classical School on Feb. 12.
Dunford took third place in the boys 1,000-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 35.85 seconds. He also was on two relays that scored points for the Titans, who finished tied for 27th in the boys team standings.
Dunford joined Nate Nash, Corey Silvestri and Darius Neely to take seventh place in the 4x800 relay (8:36.73). Dunford, Silvestri, Neely and Dominique Heath finished 11th in the 4x400 relay (3:39.10).
Neely also had a 12th-place finish in the 300-meter dash (36.61), and Silvestri was 15th in the 500 (1:08.92).
North Mecklenburg’s Robert Jenkins took eighth place in the triple jump with a leap of 42 feet, 10 inches, while adding a 26th-place finish in the 500 (1:14.16). The Vikings were tied for 45th in the boys team standings.
In the girls competition, junior Trikeria Johnson brought home a sixth-place award in the 500-meter run, clocking in at 1:20.59. Fellow Viking Melisa Helm was 11th in the 500 in 1:23.84.
Later in the day, Johnson, Helm, Carol Dukes and Alyssa Lang completed the 4x400 relay in 4:10.99 to secure fourth place in the event. North Meck’s Maggie Li leaped 14-11 to wrap up 14th place in the girls long jump. The Vikings wound up tied for 20th place in the girls team standings.
For 24, years the N.C. High School Athletic Association has offered indoor track as a sport, but the only indoor facility in the state – the Eddie Smith Indoor Arena at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – is involved in construction this year and was unavailable. Therefore, this year’s championships were classified as “winter track” and included indoor events held at an outdoor facility.