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Sleight sets state record in 1st indoor meet


9:02 PM, Dec. 04, 2012 EST

Carolina Day's Trevor Sleight leads the pack at Christ School in September during the Buncombe County Cross Country Meet. / John Coutlakis/jcoutlakis@citizen-times.com

ASHEVILLE — 

Carolina Day senior Trevor Sleight had never run in an indoor track meet prior to Saturday.

Maybe he should enter a few more.

Sleight recorded the fastest 5,000-meter time (14 minutes, 57.68 seconds) in North Carolina high school history as an unattached athlete at the JBL College Kickoff Classic meet in Winston-Salem.

Wildcats coach Mark Driscoll not only drove Sleight down to the competition, Driscoll won the 25-lap race in 14:56.96.

Fifteen colleges had athletes in attendance at the meet.

Sleight is a two-time defending NCISAA 2-A champion in cross country. However, Saturday was just the second time that Sleight has run a 5,000-meter race on the track and his time betters the former state record (15:12.35) set by Pinecrest's Andy Wacker in 2007.

"I knew Trevor had this kind of race in him," Driscoll said.

"I've been doing workouts with him the past six weeks and knew this kind of fitness was in him. So we decided to wake up early on Saturday and go for it."

The 5,000 meters is not an event often run by North Carolina high school runners, who do not race at any event longer than 3,200 meters at their state meets.

Indoor track is not a sport presently offered by the NCISAA so Sleight typically just trains during the winter months.

Driscoll figures that Saturday was the first time he's competed against Sleight since a road race two years ago.

Five to join Erwin hall of fame

Five individuals will be inducted into Erwin's athletic hall of fame on Friday.

The hall of fame class includes Ben Dorsey (football and track), Frank Maney (baseball), Stephanie Freeman Montgomery (basketball, softball and volleyball), Lawrence Sluder (baseball, basketball and football) and Bill Williams (former girls basketball coach).

Friday's induction ceremony will take place in between the Warriors' home boys and girls varsity basketball games against Smoky Mountain.

Pisgah-Tuscola rivalry wins USA TODAY award

Pisgah-Tuscola has been voted North Carolina's top rivalry for prep football in an online poll conducted by USA TODAY High School Sports.

The Haywood County series received 23,813 votes to beat out Concord-Kannapolis Brown (23,142) and Bunn-Louisburg (177).

By virtue of its win, Pisgah-Tuscola advances to the regional stage of voting which begins today and runs through Dec. 12. Ultimately, the overall national winner will receive $10,000 which will be split between the two schools.

For more information or to vote, go to the contest's home page at http://contest.usatodayhss.com.

Extra tidbits

Raymius Smith and Greg Tisho did more than just set school records for the Swain County football team in Saturday's 44-34 loss to Southwest Onslow in the NCHSAA 1-A championship game. Smith set a NCHSAA championship finals record for passing yards (426), while Tisho established state-best marks for most receptions (13) and receiving yardage (261). Smith is a junior. Tisho is a senior. .... Hiwassee Dam senior Tori Golden sank eight 3-pointers for the Eagles girls basketball team in Friday's 66-61 loss to Tellico Plains (Tenn.). Golden finished the game with 28 points. The WNC single-game record for treys (10) was set in 1995 by Robbinsville's Shellie Corbin. ... Christ School's basketball team is No. 8 nationally in this week's academy rankings from MaxPreps. Alabama recruit Shannon Hale (16.0 points per game) was the leading scorer for the Greenies (7-0) through Tuesday, while Eric Johnson Jr. is putting up 14.7 points a night, followed by Jaylen Allen (13.1) and Jon Elmore (11.2).

 

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