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Southern’s Darroch wins 400 in Class 3A at states

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By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Southern Alamance’s Myles Darroch wasn’t about to miss his chance to win a state championship.

“I had a good seed in the 400,” he said. “I knew I had to go get it.”

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Darroch blazed to a school-record time of 47.56 seconds to win the 400 meters in the Class 3-A track and field state meet Monday at North Carolina A&T’s stadium.  Zion Amadi of Williams was the runner-up at 48.09.  Southern’s previous school mark was 48.08.

“I did not think I would come close to getting it,” Darroch said after lowering his former personal-best time of 48.3

Of the sprints, the 400 is the most grueling and that’s fine with Darroch, a senior who was in his first state meet.

“I was confident I could do it,” he said. “It’s a mental thing and not (all) people can handle it. It’s really how much you have left. It all lined up perfectly.”

The meet was originally scheduled for Saturday, but North Carolina High School Association officials announced Friday that because of weather-related concerns the competition would be postponed. That worked out well for Darroch, who said it allowed more time for recovery from a groin ailment.

“It was just a beautiful day,” he said. “I was pretty nervous, but I was more confident than usual.”

Western Alamance’s Josh Long placed 15th in the 400 in 51.79.

Later, Darroch’s third-place time in the 200 was 21.64 seconds, just ahead of fourth-place Amadi (21.83).

“I was closer to the back and I had to come back,” Darroch said.

Darroch finished seventh in the 100 final in 10.84 after the fourth-best time (10.83) in the preliminaries. Western Alamance sprinter James Newton was disqualified in the prelims for a false start. Greensboro Dudley’s Le’Ezra Brown won the 100 in 10.43.

The Williams boys came in sixth place in the 800 relay at 1:29.74.

Eastern Alamance had triple jumpers Trynton Wiley (44 feet, 1 inch) in seventh place and Tajon Roberson (42-11½) in ninth place.

Roberson was 12th in the long jump at 19 feet, 7¾ inches and teammate Braylon McCollum had the 15th-best time in the 110 hurdles at 15.84.

In girls’ competition, Western’s Taliyha Brown missed advancing to the 100 finals by one spot. Her time of 12.38 in the preliminaries was ninth-best.

Eastern’s Etta Krans cleared 8 feet in the pole vault for ninth place.

Ava Childress of Williams crossed the finish line in 11th place in both the 800 (2:26.88) and 1,600 (5:28.37). The Bulldogs were 15th in the 800 relay (1:48.35).

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