2012 Indoor Preview: 4A Girls Individuals

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2012 Indoor Season 4A Girls Preview


Returning 4A Girls by Event

(All winter meets, including polar bears)


Returning 4A Girls by Event

(Indoor competitions only)




2011 was a banner year for girls' distance running in North Carolina, and 2012 seems to hold the promise of even more great performances.  Consider what we see returning from last winter's state meet: the top four performers in the 1000 are back, as are four of the top five runners in the 1600.  When you consider the gains made by nearly all of those runners, and others, during the fall cross country season, this has the potential to be a record-breaking year in girls' distance.  The 4A classification, in particular, is stacked with premier female distance runners, although the best one did not compete during the winter last year.  Athletes to watch, in no particular order:


Jennie Cunningham (Pinecrest):

State champ in the 1000, ran 2:14 at New Balance Indoor Nationals, improved her 5K PR this fall


Maura McDonnell (Green Hope):

2nd in the 1000 last year, strong improvement during cross country


Sophie Capshaw-Mack (Reagan):

3rd in the 1000 last year, healthy after sophomore year derailed by injuries, has natural speed to burn


Lauren Colberg (Green Hope):

State champ in the 1600, improved to 5:06 in the spring, broke 18 for 5K this fall


Brooke Gordon (TC Roberson):

5:12 and 11:23 last winter, improved to 5:00 and 11:03 in the spring, also sub-18 for 5K


Darby Middlebrook (Watauga):

2nd in the 3200 last year, PR's of 5:00, 10:49, 17:35


Sammy George (Millbrook):

Did not compete last winter, already ran 10:42 for 3200 this fall to go with 17:15 5K, has 4:52 PR for 1600


Anna McBride (Davie):

Healthy this year, 10:46 last spring, ran 11:11 and 17:51 this fall, could develop into elite miler this year


Kaitlyn Kramer (Ardrey Kell):

Already ran 10:58 for 3200 this fall, 17:48 for 5K, 5:01 miler last spring


Sydney Foreman (Ardrey Kell):

Already ran 11:00 for 3200 this fall, 17:50 for 5K, headed to Nike Cross Nationals this weekend





Once again, North Carolina has a strong crop of speedsters that can compete on the national stage.  Two NC sprinters hold returning times that place them in the top 10 in the nation, while a group of emerging hurdlers looks to maintain the success the Tar Heel State has had in that event in the past.  Athletes in these events definitely benefit from racing indoors, as cold muscles do not perform nearly as well, and so having indoor facilities open this year should make for some big improvements across the board.  Athletes to watch, in no particular order:


Ariah Graham (Wakefield):

State champ in the 300, US #3 returner in both the 300 and 400, NBIN finalist (also US #19 returner in LJ)


Gabrielle Gray (High Point Central):

Top NC returner and US #11 in the 55, 4A outdoor champ at the 100, also strong at 200


Tiana Patillo (Wakefield):

2nd in the 300 and 3rd in the 500 last year, top NC returner in the 500, outdoor time would be US #6 if run indoors


Mollie Williams (Clayton):

State champ in the 55 hurdles, US #20 returner for 60 hurdles


Olicia Sharp (Wakefield):

State champ in the 55 dash, third in the 300 last year, versatile sprinter


Madison Rayfield (East Forsyth):

PR of 7.16 in the 55 dash is US #19 returning time, all-around great athlete with multiple events



Field Events


North Carolina is also home to some of the best jumpers in the state, whether they jump vertically (high jump and pole vault) or horizontally (long jump and triple jump).  The shot put, however, looks like a wide-open event this year; there are no top-flight returners from the winter season in the 4A classification, although there are plenty that only competed in the spring.  Like sprinters, field event athletes do better inside during the winter, and sometimes high jumpers and vaulters do better indoors than their spring performances.  So, when you combine the fact that we now have two indoor facilities with the talent in our state, this is shaping up to be an exciting season for fans of the sport.  Athletes to watch, in no particular order:


Sydney White (East Forsyth):

State champ in the vault, indoor mark of 12' 10.5" is US #2 returner, outdoor mark of 13' 1.5" is US #1 returner, both are NC all-time records


Audrey Diener (Apex):

2nd in the vault last year, best mark of 12' outdoors


Kristen Lee (Wakefield):

3rd in the vault last year, improved to 12' 6" outdoors (tied for US #9 returner)


Alexis Perry (Jordan):

2nd in the long jump, 3rd in the high jump last year, 5' 6" ties her for US #9 returner, also a strong hurdler


Hannah Hensley (Pinecrest):

3rd in the high jump last year, outdoor PR's of 18' 5" and 5" 7.75", also a strong hurdler


Shemiah Brooks (Southwest Guilford):

2nd in the triple jump last year, PR of 39' 10" would be US #17 returner from outdoor season


Shakeela Saunders (E.E. Smith):

Indoor best marks of 19' 0.5" and 40' 2.5" would be preseason US #8 and US #2 respectively, also a great sprinter


Brianna Tate (Grimsley):

Did not compete in the winter last year, top returning thrower in 4A with mark of 40' 5"