The St. Pius X Catholic High School boys’ track team won their second consecutive state championship last week. The Golden Lions scored 81 points, beating out top contenders Chapel Hill (72) and Sandy Creek (49). Senior UNC track signee Matthew Harris placed first in the long jump and 300-meter hurdles, while Michigan throwing commit Tanner Duffin placed first in shot put and discus.
“Overall I’m very proud,” coach Ryan McClay said. “We were competing against an amazing Chapel Hill team who was loaded with talent, and we knew they would be tough to beat. They showed up and ran really well on Saturday. We had a lead and they put the pressure on us, but at the end of the day, our boys did enough to get the job done. It’s sometimes hard to perform when the pressure is on for a team title like that. I’ve seen guys crumble at state finals because of it, but our guys showed up and took care of business.”
McClay highlighted Matthew Harris, Jared Williams, and Tanner Duffin as the top individual performers on the team, scoring the most points for the Golden Lions in the championship meet. “What I really liked is how tough everybody was and how much they kept fighting,” McClay said. “Some of the events were very close and didn’t go exactly the way we thought they would, but our kids kept fighting and performed under some intense pressure.”