Camel City Elite Recap
Back to US #1 for Cockrell!
Providence Day senior Anna Cockrell had seen Texan Tonea Marshall, her opponent in next weekend's David Oliver Classic, take over the national lead two weeks ago. Cockrell took it back with an 8.24 in the Elite Final, where she faced professionals Briana Rollins, Kristi Castlin, Nia Alley, Lolo Jones, and Kierre Beckles. The time of 8.24 US #1 was just three hundredths off Cockrell's all-time state record, and she still has plenty of time to fine-tune that down for indoor nationals. In the meantime, she and Marshall can settle the question of who's best right now with a head-to-head race on Saturday! Cockrell also clocked 7.55 in the 60 Dash on Friday, which is US #7 & NC #5 All-Time (and it also ties her with...Tonea Marshall).
More Strong High School Performances
Whenever there's a college meet in NC, it seems like there will be a sprinkling of unattached high school athletes, and this meet was no exception. Sara Platek (Ragsdale) clocked 10:01.44 US #9 in the 3000 (and South Carolina star Logan Morris, who is signed up for the Elite Mile next weekend at the David Oliver Classic, ran 9:54.45 US #6). Platek's teammate Chesney Ward equaled her NC #1 mark in the pole vault by clearing 12' 6", while Blair Ramsey (Grimsley) put up a NC #3 time of 5:03.19 in the mile (converts to 5:01.43 for the 1600).