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Former Providence Day star Anna Cockrell wins two gold medals at U20 World Championships

Anna Cockrell will report to the University of South California soon, where she will continue her track career.
Anna Cockrell will report to the University of South California soon, where she will continue her track career.

Former Providence Day standout, Anna Cockrell, recently had another title-collecting weekend July 22-23 at the U20 International Amateur Athletic World Championships in Poland.

Cockrell first won the U20 world championship in the 400-meter hurdles, clocking a career-best 55.20 seconds. Cockrell’s 400-meter hurdle run was No. 1 in N.C. state history and No. 2 in U.S. history by a high school athlete.

Cockrell also was part of the World champion United States 4-by-400-meter relay team, running the day’s best split of 50.9 seconds. She ran the second of four legs with Lyanna Irby going first, while Karrington Winters (third) and Sammy Watson.

Cockrell, who also competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in July, will report to the University of South California later this month, where she will continue her track career.

She won 16, NCISAA state titles in her Providence Day high school career, while also leading the Charger girls to four straight, NCISAA 3A state team championships.

Jay Edwards is a freelance writer: jayedwardsjr23@gmail.com.

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