Sports Shorts for January 27

Lexi King: Union County’s all-American

Marvin Ridge Middle School’s Lexi King (Courtesy of Mellisa King-Pierce)

On Dec. 10, Marvin Ridge Middle School student and distance runner Lexi King made a name on a national level when she earned all-American status at the USA Track and Field Junior National Olympics at Myrtle Beach, S.C.

King finished the 1-mile race in five minutes, 48.8 seconds, good for 25th among 250 competitors.

King qualified for the event after finishing third in the Midget Girls division at USATF’s Region 3 Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in November. King finished the 3-kilometer race in 11:23.75.

Winter track season heating up

On Jan. 24, Weddington High School hosted its second winter track and field meet of the season. And with their respective N.C. High School Athletic Association indoor track and field state championship meets approaching on Feb. 11, several Union County athletes seem to be hitting their stride.

In the girls race, Monroe and Cuthbertson tied for first place with 95 points apiece. Weddington was third with 85, while Parkwood was seventh with 18.

Monroe’s Janieyah “Ladybug” Collins continued her strong season with a pair of wins. She took first place in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.7 seconds while also earning the top finish in the 300 (41.4).

Teammate Jamie Glenn also won two events, capturing wins in the triple jump (34 feet, eight inches) and the shot put (33-4). Fellow Redhawk Reneazia Collins also found the podium with a first-place effort in the long jump (16-1.5).

While Monroe excelled at the sprints and field events, the Weddington girls dominated the distance-running events. Mallary Price took top honors in the 1,000 in three minutes, 16.3 seconds. Warrior teammate Jessica Resor’s time of 12:57.5 was good for first in the 3,200. The Warriors also notched wins in a pair of relays, including the 4×400 (4:28.2) and the 4×800 (10:21.2).

Cuthbertson’s Madison Simmons also managed a victory, winning the 1,600 in 5:39.5.

Though Union County boys managed only six individual wins at the meet, local teams managed to grab two of the top three spots. Weddington’s Cole Finch won both the high jump (6-2) and the long jump (20-2.5) while teammate Dylan Fleming took gold in the shot put (44-4). Fellow Warriors Jonathan Bivens also recorded a win in the 3,200 (10:18). Monroe’s Brandon Little recorded wins in the 55 hurdles (6.5) and the 300 (36.4).

Weddington won the boys competition with 175 points, followed by Charlotte Ardrey Kell (113) and Cuthbertson (65). Monroe finished fifth with 22 points.

Charlotte Christian baseball camp

Sports That Serve will host its third annual baseball camp on Feb. 11 at Charlotte Christian School.

The one-day camp, for kids ages 6 to 14, includes hands-on instruction from Charlotte Christian baseball coach Greg Simmons and former University of North Carolina star Reid Fronk, among others. Former major-leaguer Dave Lemonds will be the featured speaker.

The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. The cost is $75, which includes a camp shirt and lunch.

Proceeds from the camp will benefit Sports That Serve, a nonprofit that seeks to use athletics to develop the character of America’s youth while raising funds for people living in poverty around the world.

For more information or to sign up for the camp, visit

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