GREENSBORO--North Iredell junior Jonna Strange claimed the 3A state championship in the girls' 3,200-meter run Friday and did so rather comfortably.
Strange won the title with a time of 10 minutes, 53.20 seconds, nearly 11 full seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.
Earlier in the day, Strange garnered a second-place finish in the girls' 1,600-meter run. She completed that 1 mile in 5:03.67.
Strange has been in the championship hunt before in the 3,200. As a freshman at West Iredell, she finished fourth, clocking in at 11:34.11. Last season, the North Iredell sophomore dropped her time to 11:09.51 and finished fourth again.
On Friday, Strange trimmed a second off her 3A West Regional-winning time (10:54.20).
The South Iredell boys 4x200-relay squad also competed in the 3A state meet Friday. The Vikings placed 16th.
West Iredell’s Chandon Smith had a pair of top 10s in the 2A state meet. He placed third in the boys’ 300-meter hurdles with a time of 40.54 seconds, less than half a second off the winning pace. Smith placed seventh in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.88 seconds.
Warriors freshman Lariyah Clark finished fourth in the 2A girls’ triple jump with a distance of 35 feet, 11.25 inches. She was 12th in the long jump after leaping 16-00.50.
West Iredell's Ryan Tenor finished 11th in the 2A boys' triple jump with a distance of 42-05.