• 68°

Gallagher column: A track trip across Rowan County

Track fan, are you? Thursday was your day in Rowan County.
Along with photographer extraordinaire Jon Lakey, my track trip started at South Rowan, where the NPC held a meet. Then, it was off to Salisbury for a CCC meet. And finally, Spencer became the destination as North Rowan held a YVC affair.
At each stadium, your eyes popped out at the talent. East Rowan coach Rick Roseman said something about a Post story complimenting the senior class across the county.
“They’re out here,” he chirped, looking around at several seniors who are aiming for state titles.
We talked about the great hurdlers up at North and Roseman quickly reminded me not to forget Daishion.
Oh yeah, the Barger kid from West. He won a state title last season, didn’t he?

At Salisbury, we sought out Romar Morris, the Zoomin’ Human. Can’t wait for him to run the sprints.
We found him in street clothes raking the long-jump pit.
Raking, not running?
Morris, who won two indoor state championships and is a favorite in the 100 and 200 outdoors, didn’t run Thursday. He had injured a hamstring in a meet over the weekend and was held out.
“He wasn’t happy,” sprinter coach J.K. Adkins said.

When you arrive at North Rowan, you know you’re at a track school. The Cavs have won so many titles, it’s easy to forget how many. You expect them to win, and they seldom disappoint.
When asked the biggest reason for the Cavalier excellence, star jumper and hurdler Johnny Oglesby didn’t hesitate.
“Coach Steele,” he said.
Robert Steele was sitting at the top of the stadium with his team, yelling instructions and mostly smiling. And why not?
His girls won a state championship last season and Oglesby wants nothing more than to give Steele another one. Unlike Joe Namath, he didn’t guarantee a championship, but let’s just say he’s a confident young man.

Track is the fun sport. Kids want to get in on the act, even if they’re not on the team.
Take Salisbury baseball player Chase Etters, who Scott Maddox calls “my pinch runner.” He simply went out and ran a 11.6 in the 100. Basketball star Ayanna Holmes was jumping.
The North girls like colorful socks. There were green and yellow — and our favorite, the purple socks of Akevia Charleston.
Tuesday will be another track day. It’s the annual Rowan County Track Meet, to be held at East Rowan. Suddenly, all of those great athletes we saw Thursday will be on the same field together for the last time.
Track fan, are you?
Don’t miss this one. It could be the best ever.

Comments

Comments closed.

High School

High school football: Playoff time means get ready for ‘big-boy football’

High School

High school football: Hornets overpower South to secure playoff spot

Crime

Jeffrey MacDonald won’t be released despite deteriorating health

Business

Amazon warehouse workers reject union in Alabama

Nation/World

Ex-NFL player’s brain to be probed for trauma-related harm after Rock Hill shootings

Education

Duke University to require COVID vaccinations for fall term

Education

Cooper OKs bill offering K-12 students summer school option

High School

High school football: Record night for Pinckney as East cruises; Carson wins thriller in OT

Nation/World

D-Day survivor, WWII torch bearer Ray Lambert dies at 100

Nation/World

Prince Philip was always defined by role as husband of British queen

China Grove

One dead, several injured after head-on collision in China Grove

Crime

Man, woman charged for selling drugs to undercover deputies

Crime

Blotter: Rowan County man charged with indecent liberties with children

Local

Spencer town board gets look at Park Plaza progress

Business

‘Applicant market’: Unemployment rate improving as businesses hire more workers

Local

National, local business leaders praise Salisbury’s initiative to support Black-owned operations

Nation/World

Tillis has prostate cancer surgery

Coronavirus

Adverse reactions surface from Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Nation/World

Expert: Lack of oxygen killed George Floyd, not drugs

Local

Quotes of the week

Nation/World

Biden seeks crackdown on homemade firearms

Nation/World

Victim of former NFL player’s rampage wrote of faith, life’s fragility

News

Wrongly imprisoned man gets $750,000

High School

West falls to Statesville, finishes second in NPC