It was another big day for Orange runner Spencer Hampton on Thursday. Competing against Vance County and Northern Durham, Hampton won the 1,600 meters and the 3,200 meters at Auman Stadium in the final home meet of the year. Hampton finished the 1,600 in 4:32.10, a full nine seconds ahead of runner-up Gabe Schmidt. In the 3,200 meters, Hampton finished at 10:25.50, over 40 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Hampton has six first-place finishes this season. On May 6, Hampton won the 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters against East Chapel Hill. In Orange’s season-opening track event against Southern Durham and Cedar Ridge on April 29, Hampton finished the 1,600 meters in 4:27.80, then completed the 3,200 meters in 10:27.50. Hampton has already qualified for the 3A Mideast Regional Championships in the 1,600 meters, which will be held at Southern Lee High School in Sanford on June 19. Hampton is aiming to qualify for the state championships, but first he has a meet coming up on Thursday at Northwood High in Pittsboro that will also include Cedar Ridge.

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