North Carolina High School State T&F Champions who later
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People who have won a North Carolina state title in track, but went on to star in other sports:

Updated August 12, 2022
(Added Leon Johnson & Reggie Love)


Bobby Jones, South Mecklenburg, NBA more   NC Hall of Fame entry
1968 & 1970 NCHSAA 3A/4A High Jump Champion (6-2.75 & 6-6). photo

Bob McAdoo, Greensboro Ben L. Smith, NBA more   NC Hall of Fame entry
1969 NCHSAA 3A/4A High Jump Champion (6-7.75 Meet Record). more

David Thompson, Crest HS, NBA more   NC Hall of Fame entry
1971 WNCHSAA Triple Jump Champion (45-5.75 Meet Record). video more

John Wall, Raleigh Word of God, NBA more
2007 & 2008 NCISAA Long Jump Champion (22-10.5 NWI 1A/2A Meet Record 2008)

Jalen Lecque, Arden Christ School, NBA. more
2018 NCISAA 3A High Jump Champion (6-2).


Earnest Barnes, Durham Hillside, NFL more   NC Hall of Fame entry
1956 NCHSAC SP (43-5.75) & DT (121-4) Champion. 44-5 PR in '56.

Carl Eller, Winston-Salem Atkins, NFL more
1959 NCHSAC State Champion, Shot Put 44-8
(Eller was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004)

Bob Matheson, Boone Appalachian, NFL more   NC Hall of Fame entry
1963 NCHSAA All-Classification Shot Put Champion (51-10)
Note: Matheson played on the legendary 1972 undefeated Miami Dolphins team.

Doug Wilkerson, Fayetteville E.E. Smith, NFL
1965 NCHSAC Shot Put Record 51-8

Billy McKoy, Winston-Salem Atkins, NFL more   Atkins Hall of Fame entry
1966 NCHSAC 4A Champion 100 yards (10.0), 220y (22.5), and 4x220y

Haskel Stanback, Kannapolis A.L. Brown, NFL more
1968 WNCHSAA 4x110y Relay (45.55)

Carlester Crumpler Sr., Wilson Fike, NFL/CFL NC Hall of Fame entry
1969 & 1970 NCHSAA 3A/4A Champion in 120y Hurdles (14.5 NWI & 14.3 NWI =Rec),
+ 1970 180-yard Low Hurdles (20.3)

Kelvin Bryant, Tarboro HS, NFL more
Won the 1978 NCHSAA All-Classification 100-yard Dash (9.80 NWI),
& the 1979 220y (21.6 NWI) + LJ (24-0 NWI)

Delton Hall (Greensboro Grimsley), NFL more
1983 NCHSAA State Meet Record (All-Classification), 400 46.41.
Hall went on Clemson where he was first
team All-ACC in football and later played five
years in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Reuben Davis, Greensboro Grimsley, NFL more
1983 NCHSAA All-Classification Discus Champion 165-1

Izel Jenkins, Wilson Fike, NFL more
1st 1983 NCHSAA All-Classification 300H Champion (37.33)

Danny Peebles, Raleigh Broughton, NFL more
1984 NCHSAA all-class long jump state champion

Tim Worley, Lumberton, NFL more
1985 NCHSAA all-class 100 & 200-meter state champion

Carl Pickens, Murphy, NFL more
3-time NCHSAA 1A/2A high jump champion (1986, 1987, 1988)

Leon Johnson, Morganton Freedom, NFL more
1991 & 1992 NCHSAA 4A Long Jump Champion (23-8.75, 24-7.75, record)

Alvis Whitted, Orange Co., NFL more
1993 NCHSAA 4A Champion 100 (10.67 NWI), 200 (21.21 NWI)

Reggie Love, Durham Hillside, CFL
1993 NCHSAA 4A 400m champion (48.34), 1994 NCHSAA 4A Long jump Champion (22-2.25)

Alge Crumpler, Wilmington New Hanover, NFL more
1996 NCHSAA 4A Champion in Shot (57-8.5) & Discus (161-7),
Also won DT in '94 (168-5) & '95 (159-11).

A.J. Davis, Northern Durham, NFL
5-time 4A state champion (1999, high jump; 2001 & 2002, long jump & triple jump)

Alvin Pearman, Charlotte Country Day, NFL more
2-time NCISAA all-class state champion (2000: 100 & 200 meters)

TJ Graham, Raleigh Wakefield, NFL more
2008 NCHSAA 4A Champion in 100m (10.44 NWI) & 200 (20.82 NWI).

NyHeim Hines, Garner HS, NFL more
1st in 2015 4A Indoor Championships in 55m (6.28)


Leah Metcalf, Charlotte Christian, WNBA/European & Australian Basketball more
6-time NCISAA 3A State Champion: 2000 NCISAA 3A 4x100 relay (50.48, record);
2001 NCISAA 3A 100m Champion (13.10, );
2000 & 2001 NCISAA 3A Long Jump (17-0.25 & 17-8.5)
& Triple Jump Champion (34-11 & 36-6.5)

Cierra Burdick, South Mecklenburg/Matthews Butler, WNBA
2-time NCHSAA High Jump Champion:
2008 NCHSAA 4A Outdoor HJ Champion (5-5, w/South Mecklenburg);
2010 NCHSAA 4A Indoor High Jump Champion (5-4, w/Matthews Butler)

Olympic Sports:

Randy Jones, Kernersville Glenn, Bobsled (2002 Olympic silver medalist) more   2018 story
1987 NCHSAA 4A 100m & 200m Champion (10.4, 21.55 NWI). Also won 200 in '86 (21.3). more

Naya Tapper, West Mecklenburg, Rugby (2017 World Cup; 2020 Olympics) more
Ran on NCHSAA 4A Champion 4x100 Relays in 2010 & 2011, and 4x200 in 2011.

Several athletes from the historic 1983 NCHSAA State Track Meet who did NOT win
state titles DID go on to major athletic success:
Results: 1983 NCHSAA Meet

Last updated Aug. 12, 2022.
Thanks to Brett Honeycutt for creating this page.


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