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Cummings Cavaliers girls’ track & field team soars to state title with Cotton winning four events

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By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

No hurdle was too high for the Cummings girls’ track and field team in the Class 2-A state championships Friday.

The Cavaliers navigated all obstacles and a late-meet weather-related interruption to sail to the program’s 18th outdoor championship, repeating as titlists from a year ago at North Carolina A&T’s stadium.

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“We won everything we’re supposed to win,” longtime coach Donnie Davis said.

Cummings track and field coach Donnie Davis

And that turned out to be quite a haul. Cummings collected 103 points for an overwhelming victory. Runner-up was North Carolina School of Science and Math with 60.

Sophomore D’Anna Cotton of Cummings won four individual events and was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Performer.

Cotton won the 100-meter hurdles, 300 hurdles, high jump, and triple jump. Teammate Diamond Moore was the long jump winner and triple jump runner-up.

D’Anna Cotton was selected as the Most Outstanding Performer in Class 2-A girls.
Diamond Moore, who won the sportsmanship award, the long jump, and runner-up in the triple jump, shown above from a track meet last year.

The hurdles were a bit of adventure for Cotton, but the results were the same.

In the 100 hurdles, she tripped over a hurdle about midway through the race, but maintained her footing despite stumbling and finished in 14.78 seconds.

“I don’t understand how she managed enough speed to go forward,” Davis said.

Moore was third in 15.12 and Cummings’ Jordan Taylor claimed fifth in 15.21.

The 300 hurdles seemed more dramatic. Cotton fell after going over the second-to-last flight. But she got up and completed the race in plenty of time. Her clocking was 44.68 seconds, with Trollinger second at 46.48.

Cotton’s record-setting high jump of 5 feet, 8 inches was 2 inches better than Northeastern’s Jasmine Felton. Cotton established the Class 2-A state meet record with that effort.

Cotton’s triple jump of 39-½ was good enough to top runner-up Moore (38-0) and teammate Brooke Packingham (fourth, 36-11). The triple jump was in progress when the late-afternoon weather delay began.

Moore won the long jump by a wide margin, leaping 18-9½. Packingham was third at 17-7½.

Cummings won the 800 relay in 1:42.24 with Taylor Jordan, Packingham, Honesti Trollinger, and Moore, narrowly beating South Granville (1:42.95).

The third-place 400 relay for the Cavaliers consisted of Jordan, Jamoni Jones, Packingham, and Trollinger and finished in 49.52.

Most of the events went right to form for Cummings.

“They’ve been putting up outstanding times,” Davis said of the Cavaliers.

Southeast Alamance’s Janay Pegram placed fifth in the 200 (26.06) and sixth in the 100 (12.72).

Moore also received the Sportsmanship Award for Class 2-A girls.

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