Cummings girls place second in indoor states

D’Anna Cotton wins three events for Cavaliers

By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Cummings came within two points of another indoor track and field state championship.
But Swain County repeated as the Class 1-A/2-A girls’ team champion Saturday at JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem.

D’Anna Cotton of Cummings won the 55-meter hurdles, high jump, and long jump and placed second in the triple jump. She was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Performer.

D’Anna Cotton, from an earlier competition (in 2023).

Swain County had 73 points with Cummings at 71. Third-place Salisbury posted 47 points.

Cotton tied the meet record with a high jump of 5 feet, 6 inches. Her winning long jump measured 17-10¼, and she checked in at 38-10½ in the triple jump.

Cotton won the 55 hurdles in 8.27 seconds, with teammates Brooke Packingham (fourth, 8.52) and Taylor Jordan (seventh, 9.04) also earning team points.

Packingham was third in the long jump at 17-5½, and Jordan was fifth at 16-7½. In the triple jump, Packingham (35-11½) and Jordan (35-4¼) were third and fifth, respectively.

Cummings, which has 11 state indoor team titles, had the third-place 800 relay with Jordan, Honesti Trollinger, Jamoni Jones, and Packingham in 1:48.01.

In the 500, Trollinger placed ninth in 1:26.41, while Cummings shot putter Whitney Griffis was 17th at 28-10.

Former Eastern Alamance athlete Catherine Parker of North Carolina School of Science and Math won the 3,200 in 11:03.31. She also was a member of the fifth-place 3,200 relay.

Southeast Alamance’s Janay Pegram was 10th in the 55 dash in 7.57 seconds.

The Sportsmanship Award for the girls’ meet went to Jordan of Cummings and Angelina Lomelli of Swain County.

On the boys’ side, Southeast’s Youssef Mostafa earned a team point by placing eighth in the 1,600 in 4:43.84. The Stallions also scored with an eighth-place spot in the 1,600 relay with Isaiah Tumey, Mostafa, Neil Edwards, and Augustine Koroma in 3:42.07. Edwards was 17th in the 500 in 1:13.24.


Class 3-A
Trynton Wiley of Eastern Alamance placed seventh in the boys’ long jump at 20-6. Wiley was 10th in triple jump at 39-11.