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County runners nab multiple titles in league track meets


By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Cummings High School’s Jonathan Paylor won three individual sprinting events and participated on a winning relay, and Cummings teammate Marione Enoch claimed a pair of throwing events in boys’ competition in Wednesday’s Mid-Carolina Conference track and field championships in Pittsboro.

Jonathan Paylor, with honors won earlier this year.

On the girls’ side, Cummings received multiple first-place finishes from Diamond Moore, Brooke Packingham, and Taylor Jordan.

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Diamond Moore

Cummings was the team runner-up to host Seaforth in both the boys’ and girls’ standings.

Paylor had a winning time of 11.20 seconds in the 100 (though 11.09 in a preliminary heat) and claimed the 200 in 22.78. Paylor’s time of 49.81 was the best in the 400.

Cummings’ Khavarie Hightower, who was runner-up in the 100, won the long jump at 22 feet, 2 inches.

Jamear Clements of Cummings won the 110 hurdles (17.11) and was second in the 300 hurdles.

Enoch’s winning throws came in the discus (127-2) and shot put (39-3).

The Cavaliers’ 800 relay of Hightower, John Taylor, Bramond McRae and Paylor won in 1:32.38.

For the girls, Moore won the 100 (13.22) and 200 (26.86), Packingham claimed the 100 hurdles (17.13) and long jump (18-0).

Jordan posted victories in the 300 hurdles (49.30) and triple jump (35-11).

Packingham was second in the 300 hurdles and the triple jump and Moore was third in the long jump – followed by Jordan – and in the triple jump.

Whitney Griffis of Cummings won the shot put (28-8½).

Graham claimed the girls’ 400 relay in 54.35 seconds. Graham’s top individual was Elijah Summers, who was the runner-up in the boys’ 200 and 400.


Central 3-A Conference

At Mebane, boys’ sprinters from Alamance County teams provided close races in the Central 3-A Conference championships Thursday at Eastern Alamance.

Senior William Ratliffe of Eastern Alamance and sophomore James Newton of Western Alamance waged a pair of competitive battles in the sprints. Ratliffe won the 100 in 10.63 with Newton at 10.96, while later Newton was first in the 200 in 22.79 to Ratliffe’s 22.95.

William Ratliffe with honors won earlier this year.

Junior Zion Amadi of Williams was first in the 400 in 51.34, edging senior teammate Caleb Fogleman (51.58). Williams senior Nasir Price won the 300 hurdles (41.23).

Eastern’s Trynton Wiley in the long jump (21-6) and Gabe Ocampo in the pole vault (12-0) were also champions.

Eastern captured first in the 400 relay in 44.12 with Matthew Monroe, Josh Murray, Tajon Roberson and Ratliffe.

Williams took top honors in the 800 relay in 1:30.48 with Clifton Davis Jr., Jacob Marquis, Fogleman and Amadi. The same quartet won for the Bulldogs in the 1,600 relay (3:31.26).

Williams relay team with honors from a race earlier this year: Jacob Marquis, Clifton Davis, Jr., Caleb Fogleman, and Zion Amadi.The four won both the 800 relay and the 1,600 relay in the conference championships held last week at Eastern Alamance.

Northwood, which was supposed to be the host school before a late change in venue, was the team champion for boys and girls. Eastern Alamance was second and Williams took fourth in the boys’ meet among seven teams.

With fifth place, Eastern had the best spot on the girls’ side for county teams.

Freshman Taliyha Brown of Williams won the 100 (12.73) and 200 (26.76) and senior teammate Anijah Hylton was first in the 100 hurdles (17.76).

Eastern sophomore Catherine Parker won the 800 (2:29.25) and 1,600 (5:26.71)


DAC-VII Conference

At Durham, senior Abby Carver of Southern Alamance broke a couple of girls’ school records to highlight the Patriots’ efforts in the conference championships at Durham County Stadium.

Carver finished the 100 hurdles in 17.3 seconds and 300 hurdles in 52.1 seconds. She placed third in both races.

Carver, who was Southern’s homecoming queen last fall, is expected to play volleyball for Wake Tech.

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