GREENSBORO — Six Burke County athletes and one relay team will enter the 2A and 3A NCHSAA track and field state championship meets today at N.C. A&T’s Irwin Belk Track.

In 2A, Draughn senior Leanna Seagraves leads the way as a past state champion in girls pole vault. Seagraves was also the West Regional champion last weekend at Bandys with a clearance height of 10 feet, 6 inches. Her career-best (and school-record) mark of 11 feet, 8 inches was set at a meet at Hibriten in early April, the fourth different meet this spring in which she hit 11 feet or higher.

Last spring, Seagraves won silver in state at 11 feet, her third outdoor state medal. This year, she’s seeded 2; the top-seeded entry’s height was 11 feet.

Also in 2A, regional champion Faith Younts of Patton is the 5 seed in the girls 800 meters. Younts won the 1600 and 3200 last year at regionals. Other local athletes competing in 2A are East Burke’s Reagan Robinson (girls pole vault; 6 seed) and Patton’s girls 4x400-meter relay (10 seed) and Sara Griggs (girls 400 meters; 16 seed).

In 3A, Freedom will be represented by Larry Luke (boys discus; 6 seed) and Makayla Moore (girls shot put; regional champ, 8 seed).


Local runner Seagle wins age group in pair of 5ks

Five local runners entered the ninth annual No Excuse For Abuse 5k on Saturday in Marion, and two trudged through the pouring rain to claim first place in their age groups in the 52-runner field.

Danny Seagle won in 80 and over male and was also presented an award for oldest runner, and Frank Cooper won in 70-79 male. Ruth Pershing was second in 40-49 female, Erica Swarting was fourth in 40-49 female and Kirk Swarting was fifth in 30-29 male.

The day before, Seagle was first in the 75 and up male division at the Light the Way 5k in Hudson, while J. Scott Banner was seventh in 50-59 male.

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