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Southern Alamance’s Myles Darroch moves with a mission on track


By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

While acknowledging it had been a grueling schedule in the Central 3-A Conference track and field championships last week, Southern Alamance’s Myles Darroch had concerns as he waited for his last race of the day.

He also had a mission.

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So after throwing up as he waited in the early evening heat, he took his place for the 200-meter dash at Eastern Alamance’s track.

“I got in the blocks and ran it,” said Darroch, a senior.

He made a move by the turn and made it first to the finish line.

“It feels good,” Darroch said. “Hard work is paying off. Training is paying off.”

Darroch also won the 100, placed second in the 400 and anchored the winning 400 relay. He accounted for about one-third of Southern’s team points, making it a good primer in advance of Friday’s Class 3-A Mideast Regional in Pembroke.

Darroch is accustomed to busy meets.

“I really haven’t stopped running, no breaks,” he said by the end of the conference meet. “Training myself to run all four without begin tired.”

Darroch won the 100 in 10.50 seconds, improving on his school record. Western Alamance junior James Newton was runner-up in a personal-best 10.69.

Darroch finished the 200 in 21.74, barely ahead of Williams senior Zion Amadi (21.89). Amadi won the earlier 400 in 48.20 with Darroch in second at 48.39. “It took everything out of me,” Darroch said.

Southern’s Jackson Parrish, Kater Cornwell, and Jordan Moore joined Darroch in the 400 relay. The group notched a time of 42.79 seconds to edge Western’s 43.72.

Darroch, who’s trained by sprint specialist Eddie Stone, has been aiming for the postseason.

“I’ve just been dropping (times),” he said. “I’ve been ready. I’ve been saving it up.”

Amadi won the 400 in a school-record 48.20 seconds, with Darroch next at 48.39 and the Western Alamance duo of Joshua Long (51.65) and Wylie Kline (53.01) in the next two spots.

Amadi repeated as the 400 champion, but he was aiming for something more.

“I always wanted to get the school record,” he said. “When I got to the line, I just knew I had to finish the last 100 (strong).”

Williams also had a winner in the long jump with Jaeden Smith leaping 21 feet, 3½ inches. Smith placed third in the triple jump (38-1).

The triple jump winner was Eastern Alamance’s Trynton Wiley at 45-4 after he was third in the long jump (20-6½). Eastern’s Tajon Roberson was second in the long jump (20-8) and triple jump (43-11¾).

Western edged Southern (3:37.00 to 3:37.69) in the 1,600 relay. Kline, Bradly Sherwood, Lance Stanford and Long made up the unit for the Warriors.

Orange racked up 150 team points to 96 for runner-up Southern. Eastern placed third with 80, followed by Roxboro Person 69, Williams 66, Western 52, and Cedar Ridge 40.


Western girl wins twice

On the girls’ side, Western Alamance sophomore Taliyha Brown was the winner in the 100 (personal-best 12.23) and 200 (26.02). Eastern Alamance junior Skai Fisher was runner-up in both races.

Junior Ava Childress of Williams was a clear winner in the 800 (2:28.97) and she was the runner-up in the 1,600 (5:41.69).

Western Alamance captured the 3,200 relay with Janiyah Moore, Reagan Vaughn, Sarah Younger, and Savannah Branch posting a time of 11:40.73.

The 1,600 relay for Williams was first to cross the finish line, but the Bulldogs were disqualified for a pacing violation, with a teammate in the infield running alongside the final runner. Orange became the winner.

Orange was the girls’ team champion with 181 points, followed by Cedar Ridge 96, Roxboro Person 74, Williams 71, Western 41, Eastern 41 and Southern 28.

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