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J.H. Rose sophomore Jordan Sales, center, poses after winning the 300 meter dash Saturday at the 3-A state indoor track championships in Winston-Salem on Saturday.


The Daily Reflector

Sunday, February 11, 2018

J.H. Rose sophomore Jordan Sales was left frustrated and disappointed by a third-place finish in the 55-meter dash at Saturday’s 3-A state indoor track championships.

So she’ll just have to make do with a state championship and new 3-A record in the 300 meters.

Sales topped the field in the 300 with a time of 40.61 seconds, besting the former record for the 3-A race by 0.03 seconds. She won by just more than half a second, and picked up nearly two-tenths of a second on the 40.79 time that helped her finish 12th in last year’s race at the 4-A championships.

But it was the missed opportunity in the 55 meters, in which she finished less than a tenth of a second from a victory, that helped spur her on to a first-place finish in an event she said isn’t her best.

“I was still kind of upset going to the line for the 300 and I wasn’t expecting to win at all because the 300 isn’t really my race,” Sales said Sunday. “I really like short distance, but next thing you know, I’m coming around and I’m like, ‘OK, where’s the other person that’s supposed to walk me down. She’s not there.’ So I just went ahead to the line.

“Then, on top of that, they said it was a new record so I was like, ‘Well, that’s great, too.’”

Sales’ attention will now turn to the outdoor spring season. She finished fifth in the 200 meters at last year’s outdoor 4-A state championships.

Conference tournaments

The three basketball conferences that include Pitt County schools will play the first round of their league tournaments over the next two days, but four county teams will get some extra rest with byes into the second round.

The Eastern Plains 2-A Conference tournament kicks off tonight, with first-round action involving two local teams. North Pitt's boys, the No. 3 seed, host two games tonight: No. 4 Beddingfield vs. No. 5 North Johnston at 6 p.m., and No. 6 SouthWest Edgecombe against the Panthers (13-10) at 7:30 p.m.

Farmville Central (17-3) is the No. 1 seed and will host both semifinal games Wednesday, where it will play the winner of Beddingfield and North Johnston.

In the girls' tournament, North Pitt (20-4) is the top seed and doesn't play until Wednesday. It will take on the winner of tonight's 6 p.m. matchup at North Johnston between No. 5 Farmville Central (11-9) and No. 4 SouthWest Edgecombe.

South Central's boys (22-0) and girls (20-3) each won the Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference regular season title and have the top seed in the league tournament. The Falcons will host both girls' semifinals Wednesday and both boys' semifinals Thursday, as well as both championship games Friday night.

The first round of that tournament is Tuesday. In the boys' event, No. 2 J.H. Rose hosts No. 7 New Bern and No. 3 D.H. Conley hosts No. 6 C.B. Aycock. The second-seeded Conley girls host No. 7 Rose at 6 p.m.

In the Eastern Carolina 2-A, Ayden-Grifton's boys and girls will play Tuesday. The Chargers' boys (10-11) are the five seed and will take on No. 4 North Lenoir at 7:30 p.m. at North Lenoir. A-G's girls (0-19) are the seventh seed and play No. 2 South Lenoir at Greene Central at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Regardless of the finalists, Ayden-Grifton will host the championship games at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

League tournaments

Eastern Plains 2-A


First round Monday at North Johnston

No. 4 SouthWest Edgecombe vs. No. 5 Farmville Central, 6 p.m.

No. 3 North Johnston vs. No. 6 Beddingfield, 7:30 p.m.

Semifinals Wednesday at North Pitt

NJ/Bedd winner vs. No. 2 Nash Central, 6 p.m.

FC/SWE winner vs. No. 1 North Pitt, 7:30 p.m.

Finals Friday at highest boys' seed

Semifinal winners, 6 p.m.


First round Monday at North Pitt

No. 4 Beddingfield vs. No. 5 North Johnston, 6 p.m.

No. 3 North Pitt vs. No. 6 SW Edgecombe, 7:30 p.m.

Semifinals Wednesday at Farmville Central

NP/SWE winner vs. No. 2 Nash Central, 6 p.m.

Bedd/NJ winner vs. No. 1 Farmville Central, 7:30 p.m.

Finals Friday at highest boys seed

Semifinal winners, 7:30 p.m.

Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A


First round Tuesday

No. 7 J.H. Rose at No. 2 D.H. Conley, 6 p.m.

No. 6 Southern Wayne at No. 3 Eastern Wayne, 6 p.m.

No. 5 C.B. Aycock at No. 4 New Bern, 6 p.m.

Semifinals Wednesday at South Central

JHR/DHC winner vs. SW/EW winner, 6 p.m.

CBA/NB winner vs. No. 1 South Central, 7:30 p.m.

Finals Friday at South Central

Semifinal winners, 6 p.m.


First round Tuesday

No. 7 New Bern at No. 2 J.H. Rose, 6 p.m.

No. 6 C.B. Aycock at No. 3 D.H. Conley, 7:30 p.m.

No. 5 Eastern Wayne at No. 4 Southern Wayne, 6 p.m.

Semifinals Thursday at South Central

NB/JHR winner vs. CBA/DHC winner, 6 p.m.

EW/SW winner vs. No. 1 South Central, 7:30 p.m.

Finals Friday at South Central

Semifinal winners, 7:30 p.m.

Eastern Carolina 2-A


First round Tuesday

No. 7 Ayden-Grifton vs. No. 2 South Lenoir (at Greene Central), 6 p.m.

No. 3 Washington at No. 6 West Craven, 6 p.m.

No. 5 Greene Central at No. 4 North Lenoir, 6 p.m.

Semifinals Wednesday

AG/SL winner vs. WC/Wash winner at TBD, 6 p.m.

GC/NL winner at No. 1 Kinston, 6 p.m.

Finals Friday at Ayden-Grifton

Semifinal winners, 6 p.m.


First round Tuesday

No. 7 Washington at No. 2 Greene Central, 7:30 p.m.

No. 6 South Lenoir at No. 3 West Craven, 7:30 p.m.

No. 5 Ayden-Grifton at No. 4 North Lenoir, 7:30 p.m.

Semifinals Thursday

GC/Wash winner vs. SL/WC winner at TBD, 7:30 p.m.

AG/NL winner at No. 1 Kinston, 7:30 p.m.

Finals Friday at Ayden-Grifton

Semifinal winners, 7:30 p.m.


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