Sports briefs: Parks No. 3 all-time rusher in U.S.
From staff reports
In the 1950s, Ken Hall, the back immortalized as the “Sugar Land Express,” rolled through the Texas plains, setting 17 national records, some of which still stand.
Operating out of the single-wing offense, Hall, 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, produced three seasons of more than 3,000 yards rushing.
In one game in 1953, his senior year, Hall’s feats took on mythical proportions. He had 687 all-purpose yards, including 520 rushing yards. He also scored TDs in that game on a punt return, kickoff return and interception return.
Hall is acknowledged as the most prolific rusher in the history of high school football with 11,232 yards and will likely manage to hold off West Rowan phenom K.P. Parks, who has a maximum of three games remaining, all against some of the toughest teams in 3A.
Parks, with 10,253 career yards, now ranks third all-time nationally, trailing only Hall and Mike Hart, who rushed for 11,045 yards in upstate New York from 2000-03.
Parks stands second in national history in rushing attempts (1,277) and is third in rushing TDs (141) and fifth in total TDs (145).
Parks has broken the national mark for 100-yard games with 52.
n Local golf
Caroline Dula, 16, finished second to Great Britain’s Kelly Miller in the 15-19 age group in the International Junior Golf Tour Tournament held at Pinehurst National over the weekend.
Dula shot rounds of 89 and 85.
She is a junior at the Hank Haney Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head, S.C. She is the daughter of Fred and Lynn Dula of Salisbury.
n ASU faces Bulldogs
For the second year in a row, Appalachian State will open the FCS playoffs at home against South Carolina State.
Kickoff is set for Saturday, Nov. 28, at Kidd Brewer Stadium and will be televised nationally on ESPNU.
The Mountaineers won 37-21 last season.
n College swimming
Catawba freshman Ashley Owens set a new American Paralympic record to highlight swimming action at the Wingate Fall Frenzy Invite held at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center on Saturday and Sunday.
Owens set the mark in the 100 breast with a time of 1:23.19.
Catawba also had school-record swims by Katie Huff (North Stanly), Lindsay Yarborough and Mikael Karlsson.
The women won three relay events, setting records in all.
Yarborough, Huff, Leah Constan-Tatos and Lauren Singleton posted a time of 4:03.85 in the 400 medley, and also made up the 200 medley team that clocked in at 1:51.82.
Singleton, Yarborough, Tory Kiefner and Huff swam the 400 free in 3:39.73. Singleton led off with a freshman record in the 100 free in the 400 free relay.
Huff won the 100 breast, set a school record in the 200 breast and swam NCAA ‘B’ cuts in both events. Her time in the 200 breast of 2:24.67 lowered her own mark by nearly two seconds.
Another school mark on the women’s side was set by Yarborough in the 200 back as she lowered her own mark by nearly a second to 2:09.34 and finished second.
For the men, Christoffer Stolt and Karlsson each posted individual wins with Karlsson setting two school records.
Karlsson won the 200 fly in a record time of 2:03.26.