4 Cabarrus athletes take state titles

Four Cabarrus County high school athletes won titles at the 3A state track and field championships May 21.

Robinson High's Erin Tucker won the 100-meter hurdles; in February she won two events at the 1A/2A/3A state indoor meet.

Kannapolis A.L. Brown's Tavis Bailey won gold in the discus.

From Hickory Ridge High, senior Coye Still won the long jump and junior Taryn Stern took the 800 meters.

Tucker set a 3A meet record with her time of 14.54 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles. The Robinson boys 400-meter relay team - sophomores Evan Mojtabai and Dominique Bellamy and seniors Chris Caldwell and Antonio Francis - was second.

Bailey, a senior, broke a 17-year-old record, setting a state meet mark for all classifications by throwing the discus 185 feet 1 inch. He bested a throw of 164-11 by South Brunswick's Ryan Minor. He finished second to Minor in the shot put. Wonders' sophomore Jerrod Lipscomb placed second in the 300-meter hurdles as the A.L. Brown boys' team finished fourth overall.

Still long-jumped 22 feet 10 inches, 1 inch farther than Union Pines' John Minott, who also placed second in the triple jump. Still's high jump of 6-2 was good for fourth place. South Rowan's Keith Grant was second with a leap of 6-6.

Stern won the 800 meters with a time of 2:22.52. She finished less than two seconds ahead of her closest competitor. Teammate Candra Mathis, a senior, finished second in the triple jump. Both Ragin' Bulls teams placed 10th.

Concord junior Juanita Leto finished second in the 300-meter hurdles. Her time of 44.72 was less than a second behind the winner.