High Point Heat's Walker, Clark complete stellar efforts at national track meet
Cameron Walker and Tamara Clark of the High Point Heat youth track and field club completed their competition in the USATF national meet on Sunday in Houston.
Walker, competing in the boys 8-under division, placed second in the 100 dash final in 14.29 on Sunday. He took second in the 200 and the long jump finals on Saturday.
Clark, competing in the girls 15-16 division, placed second in the 100 dash final in 12.10 on Sunday. She took second in the 200 dash final on Saturday.
GREAT LUCK FOR MYERS, WARD AT BOWMAN GRAY
WINSTON-SALEM — At Bowman Gray Stadium on Saturday, Jason Myers of Walnut Cove had the perfect combination for a victory: a fast car, a little luck, and a long stretch of green flag racing.
After turning the fastest qualifying lap for the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series, Myers drew the pole for his start when the top six qualifiers plucked their starting position randomly.
Myers led the whole way, followed by Danny Bohn in second. Older brother Burt Myers of Walnut Cove came in third.
The “Madhouse Scramble” sent Ronnie Clifton of Walkertown to the pole with Dean Ward of Winston-Salem starting right beside him in race two. Ward slammed the gas as they entered turn one, nearly losing control of his car. Clifton looked like he might pull ahead into the lead, but Ward was able to steer back into the groove and move to the head of the pack.
Ward went on to victory. Lee Jeffreys of Winston-Salem finished second, with Tommy Neal third.
In the Sportsman Series, Michael Adams of Yadkinville won the first race, followed by Wayne Hill and Robbie Brewer.
Zack Ore of Winston-Salem won the second race.
The 20-lapper for the Street Stock Series was a wreck-filled endurance contest. Brian Wall of Winston-Salem emerged as the winner. In the Stadium Stock Series, Jason Keaton of Mocksville and Junior Smith of Lexington each won a 15-lap race.
PANTHERS SIGN WHITTAKER, NELSON
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — The Panthers announced they have signed running back Fozzy Whittaker and safety Tom Nelson.
Whittaker, 25, has spent time with Arizona, San Diego and Cleveland and run for 79 yards and two touchdowns during his career. He also has return experience.
The 27-year-old Nelson has played in 24 regular season games during his career and has 36 tackles and one interception. However, he’s not played in an NFL game since 2011. In corresponding moves, the team said cornerback Da’Quan Menzie has informed them he plans to retire and running back Tyler Gaffney has been placed on injured reserve.
FORMER PANTHER WHARTON TO RETIRE
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Former Carolina Panthers and Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman Travelle Wharton is retiring after 10 NFL seasons.
There will be a retirement news conference Tuesday at Wofford College, where the Panthers are training. He is the fourth Panthers offensive lineman to retire this offseason, joining Jordan Gross, Geoff Hangartner and Jeff Byers.
The 33-year-old Wharton played in 115 games and started 111.
A third-round pick out of South Carolina in 2004, Wharton played with the Panthers until 2011 before signing as a free agent with the Bengals. He returned to Carolina last season following a slew of injuries.