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PREPS: McDuffie runs to another gold medal

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South Central senior Dexter McDuffie.

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By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Saturday, May 19, 2018

South Central’s Dexter McDuffie captured state championship gold in the 4-A 300-meter hurdles Saturday, giving him top honors in the event for the second straight year.

He ran the finals in 37.66 seconds for first place during the 2-A/4-A track and field state championship meet at North Carolina A&T State.

“Dexter is always a hard worker. He’s worked really hard throughout the season to get to where he’s at,” South Central track coach Lisa Cox said. “I told him to run his own race and not to look at anyone around him, but to just look straight ahead and he ran his own race.”

Farmville Central’s Keziah Everett put up a 52-foot mark to take silver in the 2-A shot put.

Due to his impressive state-record 53-8.50 distance in regionals, Everett earned the right to be the last thrower at states. His throw placed him behind Ryan Eldridge of North Surry, who earned gold and broke Everett’s state record with a distance of 59 feet.

“Keziah is a good kid. He works hard and came to practice and put his time in. He’s a supremely talented athlete,” Farmville coach Scott Gardner said.

Everett, a junior and Division I football prospect, said he knew he could have done a little better in his performance, but that he is happy overall with his season and is ready to get back to work on the football field next school year. 

SOCCER

A banner season for D.H. Conley girls’ soccer came to an end Saturday afternoon in the fourth round of the 3-A state playoffs with a 1-0 loss at No. 2 seed Chapel Hill. 

A penalty kick early in the second half was stopped by steady DHC goalie Maeve English, but was quickly scored following the rebound. It was the only goal allowed during the playoffs by the sixth-seeded Vikings, who finished with a 15-5-4 record.

SOFTBALL

Fourth-round state playoff action involving Pitt County’s two remaining teams was postponed Saturday because of inclement weather.

South Central, the 4-A East No. 2 seed, is now set to host No. 3 Heritage on Monday at 6:30 p.m. In the 3-A bracket, No. 19 D.H. Conley is at second-seeded Western Alamance also Monday at 6:30.

 

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