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Sturgis helps Wonders take second consecutive girls county track title

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KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - Cambrea Sturgis made home-field advantage work for her during the Cabarrus County Track and Field Meet.

The A.L. Brown High School sophomore won gold medals in two individual events and a pair of relays to help the Wonders take the girls team title at the Cabarrus County Track and Field Championships Tuesday at Kannapolis Memorial Stadium.

It marked the second consecutive season that the Wonders won the girls title.

In the boys’ team competition, Hickory Ridge took the county title, with Northwest Cabarrus and Jay M. Robinson tying for second place.

The A.L. Brown girls won eight of the 18 events for 137 points. The Wonders were followed by Northwest Cabarrus (96), Hickory Ridge (95), Concord and Cox Mill (57), Central Cabarrus (51), Mount Pleasant (36) and Jay M. Robinson (23).

Sturgis won the 100-meter dash in 11.8 seconds, and she took the 200 with a time of 24.32.

In the 4x100-meter relay, Sturgis was joined by Jessika Stanback, Azania Louis and Akeena Maxwell to win in 49.06. Stanback, Avery Crowley and Jela Lewter ran the first three legs of the 4x400 before Sturgis finished off the relay win for a time of 4 minutes, 6.04 seconds.

“Cambrea just does not quit,” A.L. Brown girls coach Sara Newell said. “Even in the 4x400, she ran like she had someone on her tail, and she didn’t.”

For her efforts, Sturgis was named the championships’ top female track performer.

“When I get on the track, I’m not nervous or anything, and that’s what I think makes me fast,” Sturgis said. “I don’t worry about winning or losing. I just go out there and do my best.”

A.L. Brown’s other individual winners included Chanel Carroll in the triple jump (32 feet, 8 inches) and Ajianna Britt in the discus (101-5).

The Wonders also won the 4x200 relay, as Stanback, Jada Flynn, Carroll and Louis clocked a time of 1:47.90. In addition, A.L. Brown’s Christina D’Amelio, Alejandra Renteria, Jada Banks and Lewter took first place in the 4x800 in 10:24.72.

Torri Weathers won three events for Hickory Ridge and was named the meet’s top girls field performer. Weathers won the 100-meter hurdles (15.71), the 300 hurdles (45.7) and the long jump (16-4).

“My long jump wasn’t the best and I’m really disappointed about that,” Weathers said. “I didn’t (set a personal record) like I wanted to because my legs are just a little dead but other than that, I had pretty good day.”

Mount Pleasant senior Brittany Stanley was also a multi-event winner, as the Charlotte 49ers signee took the 800 (2:16.43) and 1,600 (5:21.68) titles.

Northwest Cabarrus’ girls winners were Brittany Coates in the shot put (35-11) and Rileigh Waters in the pole vault (9-6).

Kaitlyn Schmidt also had a gold medal for the Ragin’ Bulls, winning the 3,200 (12:35.88).

Other event winners were Concord’s Millie McCoy in the 400 (59.38) and Central Cabarrus’ Marissa Blakely in the high jump (5-0).

Cornwell leads Ragin’ Bulls boys

In the boys championships, first-place Hickory Ridge finished the meet with 114 points. The rest of the field included Northwest Cabarrus and Jay M. Robinson (tied at 85), A.L. Brown (84), Cox Mill (71), Concord (58), Mount Pleasant (45) and Central Cabarrus (16).

Alex Cornwall, named the championships’ top boys track performer, won two events for the Ragin’ Bulls. Cornwell, a Charlotte 49ers signee, earned titles in the 1,600 (4:34.50) and the 3,200 (10:10.82).

“Alex is a great runner, and we’ve known that since he was a young guy he was going to compete at the next level,” Hickory Ridge boys coach Matt Lesley said.

Also winning for Hickory Ridge was Christian Trammel in the 400 (50.54), Jamin Glenn in the triple jump (43-1.75) and Will Putnam in the discus (148-11). Putnam was named the meet’s top boys field performer.

Jay M. Robinson’s Travis Rogers also won two individual titles, claiming the 110-meter hurdles in 14.79 and the 300 hurdles in 40.06.

“I got off the blocks really well, and I stayed low,” Rogers said. “I think I did well because I was able to maintain the same speed in both (events).”

Cox Mill won four events. The Chargers’ Tyler Manigault was first in the 200-meter run (22.11), while Myles Gooch won gold in the long jump (19-1.5). Meanwhile, Cox Mill’s Terrell Dawkins, Kenneth Roach, Manigault and Avin Lane won the 4x100 (42.65). Ben Woodell, Canaan McKenzie, Roach and Manigault finished first in the 4x200 in 1:29.84.

Other winners among the boys were Northwest Cabarrus’ Ethan Bemis in the 800-meter run (2:01.42) and fellow Trojan Jacob Weston in the pole vault (11-6); Jay M. Robinson’s Javonte Misenheimer in the shot put (45-0); Concord’s Gabe Stainback in the high jump (6-6); and A.L. Brown’s Jacquarius Bost in the 100 (10.96).

Other relay event wins came from Concord in the 4x400, with Rodi Feldleit, Barra Lo, Jalen Martin and Stainback finished in 3:31.35; and Northwest Cabarrus’ Austin Beaver, Coleman Beaver, Ethan Bemis and Logan Bemis earning the 4x800 crown in 8:34.04.

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