NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
STATE CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1-A and 4-A
KERNERSVILLE — Cary Green Hope won its third consecutive 4-A men's women's team championship in convincing fashion on Saturday at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state cross country championships at Beeson Park.
Green Hope tallied 37 points to win by a wide margin over runner-up Charlotte Ardrey Kell, which was second at 104. Raleigh Broughton placed third with 133, followed by Asheville T.C. Roberson (150) and Watauga (170).
Sammy George of Raleigh Millbrook was the women's 4-A individual champion, crossing the finish line in a time of 17:27.19, almost 15 seconds ahead of Darby Millbrook of Watauga.
Mark Blackmon of West Charlotte won the 4-A men's race in 15:28.47, over 11 seconds ahead of runner-up Jacob Sears of Panther Creek.
Raleigh Broughton took the team championship in the 4-A men's competition, its third title in the last five years. The Caps, who scored 92 points, eight ahead of second-place Winston-Salem Mount Tabor, also won the title in 2007 and '08 in meets at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons.
T.C. Roberson was third with 128, followed by Ardrey Kell (142) and Pfafftown Ronald Reagan (149).
Stephen Mulherin of Durham's North Carolina School of Science and Math took the 1-A individual men's crown and led his team to the championship. Mulherin's winning time of 15:52.72 was almost 15 seconds ahead of Hayesville's Dylan Johnson and helped the Unicorns tally 48 points to 79 for second-place Lake Norman Charter. Kernersville Bishop McGuinness was third with 100 points and Mitchell and Hayesville deadlocked for fourth with 151 points.
Lake Norman Charter captured the 1-A women's team title with 55 points, 10 ahead of McGuinness. Misenheimer Gray Stone Day was third with 143, followed by Franklin Academy (153) and Hendersonville (155).
Kirsten Parries of Mount Airy was the 1-A women's individual champion in 19:29.97.
COMPLETE RESULTS ARE POSTED UNDER CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS, THEN CLICK ON CROSS COUNTRY; LINK ELSEWHERE ON THE FRONT PAGE