Cambrea Sturgis left her mark during her time at A.L. Brown High School, and now she’s doing it on a national stage.
Now a freshman sprinter at Greensboro’s N.C. A&T State University, Sturgis took third place at the NCAA women’s track and field championships in Austin, Texas, on Saturday.
Sturgis ran a personal-record time of 22.40 seconds, behind second-place Sha’Carri Richardson of LSU (22.17) and champion Anglerne Annelus of Southern Cal (22.16).
Sturgis’ finish helped her earn first-team All-America honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
During her A.L. Brown career, Sturgis was nearly unbeatable. As a sophomore, she won the 100 and 200 meters at the Cabarrus County Track and Field Championships. She also broke the school’s 100-meter record multiple times, finishing with a best of 11.73 seconds, which helped her take third place at the Class 4A state meet.
That same year, Sturgis was the 4A West Region champion in the 100 and 200, and she was second in the state in the 200 (24.04).
Sturgis was just as impressive during her junior season with the Wonders, when she repeated as the MECKA 4A Conference champion in the 100 and 200 meters, was second in the region in the 100, and took the West Region’s 200 title for the second year in a row.
Sturgis clearly wasn’t intimidated when she took her talents to the college level. During the indoor season with A&T, she consistently placed among the top five performers, even winning the 200 meters at Virginia Tech’s Hokie Invitational.
During the outdoor season this spring, Sturgis never placed lower than third in a meet in the 200, culminating with her bronze-medal national performance Saturday at the University of Texas.
Besides her individual showing, Sturgis ran the first leg on an A&T 4x100 relay team that finished sixth at the NCAA track and field championships Saturday.
Sturgis’ father, Darius, still owns the Wonders’ boys record of 21.78 in the 200 meters set in 1994.