High School Sports

Providence Day’s Anna Cockrell winning races, setting records

Providence Day’s Anna Cockrell finished seventh in the 60-meter hurdles event at the Hilton Garden Invitational with a time of 8.44 seconds. The high school junior was competing against college and professional athletes.
Providence Day’s Anna Cockrell finished seventh in the 60-meter hurdles event at the Hilton Garden Invitational with a time of 8.44 seconds. The high school junior was competing against college and professional athletes. COURTESY OF PROVIDENCE DAY SCHOOL

Providence Day junior runner Anna Cockrell set personal records and won several events at indoor track meets this winter.

Cockrell, who doesn’t represent the school in the meets and runs “unattached,” most recently won the 60-meter hurdles during the David Oliver Classic on Feb. 6 at JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem. Her time of 8.43 seconds in the preliminary race is a personal and facility record, and is the best time in the country for a high school girl this season, according to MileSplit.

At the same meet, she won the 55-meter dash in 7.12 seconds.

Cockrell also won the 55-meter hurdles at the NCRunners Holiday Invitational on Dec. 20 at JDL Fast Track, running a time of 7.88 seconds, .01 seconds off her personal record. That time was the season’s best in the U.S. for a high school girl for six weeks.

At the Hilton Garden Invitational on Jan. 30 at JDL Fast Track, Cockrell competed against college and professional athletes. She finished seventh in the 60-meter hurdles event with a time of 8.44 seconds. She also qualified for the finals of the 60-meter dash with the fourth fastest time (7.71 seconds), but didn’t run in the finals to focus on hurdles.

“The change in technique is really paying dividends and I am really excited and looking forward to see what the rest of the season holds for her,” Providence day track coach Carol Lawrence said in a release from the school.

Corey Inscoe

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