The Chapel Hill girls’ 4 x 800 relay and sophomore Anna Passannante both won all-state honors last Saturday in the in the inaugural in the N.C. High School Athletics Association 3A indoor track championship at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem.
The CHHS team of sophomores Marija Crook and Passannante and juniors Rosie Kerwin and Elise Matera did the 3200-meter relay team in 10 minutes, 11.48 seconds for third place. Passannante took fourth in the girls’ 1000 meters.
Top-four finishers automatically earn NCHSAA all-state status.
Crook and Matera also finished seventh and 16th, respectively, in the girls 1600 meters.
Chapel Hill’s team of sophomores Daniel Kleisser and Max Blackburn, freshman Eric Vanderford and senior Collin Vilen made its mark with a 10th-place finish in the boys’ 4 x 800. Blackburn later placed eighth individually and Kleisser 16th in the 1000 meters.
Chapel Hill finished 11th in the girls’ final standings. Northwood placed 11th in the girls’ meet, thanks to Alex Council’s win in the 55 meters.
Cedar Ridge was 31st in the men’s meet, getting its only points from a fifth-place finish by Jared Buddington in the 3200 meters.
Saturday’s meet at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem marked the first year for a separate 3A championship. For the last seven years, there was a separate 4-A meet and the 1-A, 2-A and 3-A schools competed together in a single championship. This year, there were meets for the 4A and 3A, plus another meet for the combined 2A1A classifications.
Waxhaw Marvin Ridge swept both team championships in the 3A meet, edging past Fayetteville Terry Sanford in the mens meet and scoring a 20-point victory over Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons in the women’s championship.