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Two New 2-Time State Champions Recognized
CHS is proud to recognize two 2-time state champions as a result of the state track meet held at North Carolina A & T campus May 16. Senior Nikolete Hurrinus was named 3A state champion in the 400 meter race with the time of 56.98 seconds. Senior Liz Wood was named 3A state champion in pole vault with a height of 11’ 6”. Wood won the title for the second year in a row. Hurrinus was named state champion for the 4x400 relay in 2012.
Hurrinus began her track career in the winter season of her sophomore year.
“My favorite aspect of track is definitely the competition,” she said. “I love always working towards a goal to improve, and I love the rush I get from competition and success.”
Hurrinus, who plans to attend Wake Forest University in the fall, gives the credit for her achievement to her drive to work hard, be successful, and continue on in college pursuing a major in pre-med.
“My coaches and teammates have also had a huge impact on my successes,” she said.
Wood began her pole vault career in her high school freshman year. Her favorite aspect of track is beating her personal records and meeting new goals she sets for herself.
“My dad (coach) has helped me a lot and has motivated me to keep getting better. I was very nervous because I knew the competition was going to be tough, but I was excited to compete at my last high school track meet ever,” said Wood.
Wood plans to pole vault next year at the University of North Carolina – Wilmington. She plans to study exercise science and become a physical therapist for athletes.
“It’s an amazing feeling to have won a state championship, and feels just as amazing to win a second time,” she said. “All my hard work finally paid off, and I was able to do my best when it mattered the most.”
Congratulations and best wishes for a successful college career to our two newest 2-time state champions!
Written by: Paula White, photo courtesy of Julia Duchateau
Posted: May 23, 2014 by Paula White