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East Burke's Raegan Robinson participates in the 300-meter hurdles at the 2019 NWFAC 2A outdoor track and field championship meet.

WINSTON-SALEM — The annual NCHSAA indoor track and field state championships begin Friday at the JDL Fast Track with the 4A portion, and seven Burke County entries will be on hand vying for medals in Saturday afternoon's 1A/2A portion.

The highest local seed is East Burke senior Raegan Robinson in the girls pole vault (4 seed; 10’). The Cavaliers also have two boys qualifiers: juniors Noah Rooks (shot put, 12 seed; 43’½”) and Luke Elliott (1000 meters, 23 seed; 2:47.86).

Patton has four entries. They are headlined by senior Faith Younts (girls 1000 meters, 8 seed; 3:18.67), who won state in the 800 meters at the outdoor meet last spring.

Other PHS qualifiers are sophomore Vance Jones (boys 500 meters, 10 seed; 1:08.94), sophomore Sara Griggs (girls 500 meters, 17 seed; 1:25.80) and the girls 4x800 relay of Younts, Griggs, senior Calli Westra and sophomore Ella Evans (9 seed; 10:55.63).

The 3A state finals will also be held Saturday, in the morning, but Freedom has no qualifiers for a second straight winter.


The News Herald sports department can be reached at sports@morganton.com.

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