Area Sports Briefs: Hayes advances; Bailey 5th in discus
From staff reports
Quanera Hayes set the track in Eugene, Oregon, on fire Thursday in the preliminary heats of the 400-meter dash at the USATF Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Hayes, who ran at Livingstone College, won her heat and had the second-fastest time overall. Her 51.31 seconds in the sprint was only .06 seconds behind top runner Francena McCorory.
She is one of 16 runners to qualify for the semifinals in the 400 meters. The semifinals are at 11:10 p.m. Friday, and the final is at 5:32 p.m. Saturday.
Hayes is in Euguene running for a spot on the United States national team that will travel to Beijing for the 2015 IAAF World Championships.
Hayes won the NCAA Division II
national championship in the 400-meter and 200-meter dashes.
Bailey places fifth
Tennessee thrower Tavis Bailey, a graduate of A.L. Brown, was also in Oregon for the USATF outdoor championships.
Bailey placed fifth in the discus throw with a distance of 201 feet, 8 inches. He was four feet behind champion Jared Schuurmans.
• Bailey heaved 203 feet, 2 inches to take second place in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., earlier this month.
Bailey’s throw was the best finish by any UT athlete in the event at the NCAA meet.
He earned All-American honors for the second straight year in the discus.
Eric Edwards (Salisbury High, George Mason) has qualified to play in the 101st Carolinas Amateur Championship that will be held in Greensboro on July 9-12.
Edwards was one of 12 golfers to advance in sectional qualifying held at Musgrove Mill Golf Club in Clinton, S.C., on Wednesday.
Edwards shot 39-36 — 75.
Edwards, a rising sophomore at George Mason, shot 77-71-69 — 217 and tied for 11th in the Atlantic 10 Championship.
• In the eGolf Tour’s Mimosa Hills Open, Salisbury’s Frank Adams III shot 64 on Thursday and is tied for 19th at 5-under 135 after two rounds.
The Kannapolis Intimidators erased a three-run deficit in the bottom of the ninth and beat the Asheville Tourists 9-8 on Thursday.
Brett Austin sliced a game-winning two-run double to the left-center field gap to complete the comeback.
The Kannapolis Intimidators made four roster moves. Infielder Nick Delmonico was promoted to the Double-A Birmingham Barons. Delmonico, 23, appeared in five games with Kannapolis, batting .400.
East Rowan Diamond Sports
East Rowan’s 8U softball all-stars begin play in the Western North Carolina Babe Ruth Area 4 tournament in Monroe on Saturday at 9:30 a.m against UnionCounty North.
Team members are Lily Kluttz, Kady Collins, Kori Miller, Shelby Kepley, Madelynne Roberts, Sierra Wetter, Liberty Schroeder, Eva Shue, Gracianna Barber, Chloe Shank, McKenzie Heald, Celia Sifford, Camryn Perkins, McKenna Hege and McKayla Hege.
The head coach is Jason Kluttz.
• East Rowan’s 10U softball all-stars play in the WNC Babe Ruth state tournament beginning July 1 at South Buncombe Babe Ruth near Asheville.
Team members are Emalee Poole, Phoebe Cole, Addison Barrett, Kinslee Walker, Kadence Tomlinson, Caroline Cozart, Tiffin Jacobs, Clara Bean, Madison Schroeder, Emma Cornelison, Holly Stowe and McKenzie Misenheimer.
The head coach is Drew Cornelison.
Maurice Green, superintendent of the Guilford County schools, will serve as president of the North Carolina High School Board of Directors for the 2015-16 academic year.