High School Sports

Providence Day’s Anna Cockrell is NC girls’ track runner of the year

Providence Day’s Anna Cockrell, center, is N.C. Gatorade’s track and field athlete of the year.
Providence Day’s Anna Cockrell, center, is N.C. Gatorade’s track and field athlete of the year.

Providence Day’s Anna Cockrell is the N.C. Gatorade girls’ track and field athlete of the year. Last month, Cockrell was named the Observer’s track athlete of the year.

Cockrell, a 5-foot-10 junior, won three individual state titles this spring, leading the Chargers to the N.C. Independent Schools’ 3A title. She won the 300-meter hurdles in a state-record time of 41.31 seconds. She won the 100-meter dash (11.93) and the 100-meter high hurdles (13.53). She also anchored the Chargers’ 400-meter relay team, which won the state title in 4:00.85.

Cockrell’s season-best performances of 13.21 in the hurdles and her state championship 300-meter hurdles ranked among the nation’s top five times among high school competitors in 2015.

The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high academic performance and exemplary character.

Cockrell has maintained a weighted 4.36 GPA in the classroom. She has volunteered locally on behalf of the Alexander Youth Network, which assists children with emotional and behavioral problems.

“Anna is a testament of the synergy between hard work and talent,” said Providence Day coach Carol Lawrence. “She’s dedicated to learning more about her events and improving in every area. Everyone looks up to her and she is a perfect example of what a student-athlete should be.”


Monroe High will host the Union County vs. Carolina All-Stars Gridiron Clash Sept. 4-5.

On Friday, Sept. 4, Pinecrest will face Cuthbertson at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, there will be a tripleheader on Monroe’s turf field. At noon, South Mecklenburg will play Porter Ridge. At 4, Charlotte Christian will face Weddington; and at 8 p.m., Hunter Huss will face Monroe.


Three area players made the Louisville Slugger high school All-American first team.

Marvin Ridge’s Max Wotell, the 2015 N.C. Gatorade Player of the Year, was a first-team pitcher; Providence’s Andrew Moritz was a first-team outfielder; Providence’s Josh Hiatt, the SoMeck 8 conference’s player of the year, was named as a utility player.

▪ Providence is ranked No. 20 in MaxPreps’ latest national poll.


East Mecklenburg’s Sophie Sipprell, a Charlotte 49ers recruit, will participate in the British American Business Council of North Carolina British Studies 2015 Summer program. She leaves for London Sunday. Sipprell scored 27 goals this season and had six assists. In three seasons, she has 65 goals. Sipprell, a three-time all-conference pick, will be a senior next fall. She is a member of East Meck’s National Honor Society.

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