Josh Brockman (Ardrey Kell) has been a star on the national stage this indoor season running 7.43, and after taking 2nd last year, it's hard to imagine him not walking away with his first state title. But a lot can happen in two rounds of the hurdles and D'Andre Hayes (Northwest Guilford) and Kyle Lind (Olympic) among others will be there to push him to the line if he makes a mistake.
This is going to be a highly contested final to make with 21 boys within .13 seconds of each other on the season. Rondell Terry (Garner) has held the state lead throughout the year at 6.41, and should be ready to improve on that mark tomorrow. Van Gupton (Rolesville) ran 6.45 narrowly losing to Terry just last week by .03 seconds. James Maye (Rocky River) has run 6.49 and Mashion Powell (Reagan) has run 6.47 this indoor season. Malcolm Croom (Fuquay-Varina), Preston Pierce (Middle Creek) and Justin Rodgers (Cary) have all be running really fast the last two weeks under hand-held timing but are certainly legit contenders to fight for the 55m dash title.
Randolph Ross (Garner) will double back from the 500 along with Anthony Morgan (Grimsley). Ross has run 34.56 indoors and will look to take down J Johnson's state meet record of 34.39 from last year. Jalen Herring (Middle Creek) has run 35.02 and posses as the biggest threat to Ross if he can recover quickly from a loaded 500.
This field is loaded with guys that have been running really fast with Kayin Fails (Cary) running 1:04.9 last weekend and Randolph Ross 1:04.97. Ross recently ran 48.64 for 400 meters making me believe he's capable of going faster than his seasons best this weekend. Anthony Morgan (Grimsley) has run 1:05.94 and Brian Steverson (Cary) 1:05.00. This four boys should roll in the fast section, and I'd say the state meet record of 1:03.65 is in jeopardy.