Former Ashe track star wins Conference Carolinas title

By Nathan Ham - [email protected]

Courtesy photo - Erin Bingham (center) won the 60-meter hurdles in 9.2 seconds.

WINSTON-SALEM — Lees-McRae junior Erin Bingham brought home the women’s 60-meter hurdles championship at last week’s Conference Carolinas Indoor Track & Field Championships at the JDL Fast Track.

Bingham, a former Ashe County Husky track standout, won the race in 9.2 seconds. Teammate and former Wilkes Central Eagle, Makayla Estep, finished in fifth place in 9.99 seconds.

Bingham won her heat race in 9.38 seconds to reach the finals where she ran even faster.

This was not her only event of the day as she was also one of the team members of the 4×400 relay team that finished in sixth place overall, crossing the finish line in 4:29.

The Ashe native was one of two conference champions for the Lees-McRae team. Christian Lloyd repeated as the Conference Carolinas Champion in the men’s pole vault, clearing 13 feet, 9.75 inches.

Bingham’s track career began as a sophomore at ACHS where she qualified for regionals in the 300-meter hurdles.

In her junior year, she was an all-conference performer and by her senior year, she was primed to be one of the top track athletes in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference. Bingham captured the gold in the 100 and 300-meter hurdles and was runner-up in the 100 and 200-meter dash. She helped lead the women’s track team to three straight MVAC Championships.

Bingham also earned a pair of regional championships in the 100 and 300-meter hurdles, a third place finish in the state in the 300-meter hurdles and a fourth place finish in the state in the 100-meter hurdles to complete her high school track career in 2013.

Now that the indoor season is over, Bingham will be right back at it again for the outdoor track and field season that begins on March 19 at the Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational in Hickory.

Lees-McRae head coach Ley Fletcher was unavailable for comment as of press time.

Courtesy photo – Erin Bingham (center) won the 60-meter hurdles in 9.2 seconds. photo – Erin Bingham (center) won the 60-meter hurdles in 9.2 seconds.

By Nathan Ham

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