NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
STATE CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2-A and 3-A
CARRBORO, NORTH LINCOLN WIN 2-A TITLES IN CROSS COUNTRY; GIBBONS SWEEPS IN 3-A
KERNERSVILLE— Grace Morken of Carrboro won her second consecutive individual crown and Carrboro captured its third straight 2-A women's team title in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state cross country championships at Beeson Park on Saturday.
Morken's winning time of 19:13.57 was better than four seconds ahead of Lincolnton's Grace Turner, and the Jaguar team had one of the lowest scores in championship history with a 27, with five Carrboro runners finishing in the top 10.
Carrboro had 27 points to 68 for runner-up North Lincoln, followed by Swansboro (176), Smoky Mountain (177) and Waxhaw Cuthbertson (181).
North Lincoln turned the tables on Carrboro in the men's 2-A race, with 36 points to 55 for second-place Carrboro. Hillsborough Cedar Ridge was third with 96, followed by Cuthbertson (132) and Kill Devil Hills First Flight (176).
Cedar Ridge's A.J. Tucker took top individual honors among 2-A men with a winning time of 16:20.41, almost 17 seconds ahead of Danzel Jefferson of St. Pauls. Chris Boyle of North Lincoln was third.
Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons captured both of the 3-A team titles over runner-up Chapel Hill, but the men's victory was by the slimmest of margins— one point. Gibbons had 47 points to 48 for Chapel Hill, which had won the last two team titles. They were followed by Weddington (116), Orange (120) and Waxhaw Marvin Ridge 158.
Steven Phillips of Gibbons was the individual champion with a time of 15:49.38, less than two seconds ahead of Weddington's Jonathan Bivens.
Gibbons had a more comfortable margin in the women's standings with a 44-114 margin, winning their second straight team title. West Carteret placed third with 124, Marvin Ridge fourth at 135 and Charlotte Catholic fifth with 143.
Blake Dodge of West Carteret took top individual honors among the 3-A women with a time of 18:50.29. Mary Grace Doggett and Rachel Bartolomeo of Cardinal Gibbons were second and third, respectively.
The second session of the cross country championships was scheduled to feature the 1-A and 4-A classifications later on Saturday.
COMPLETE RESULTS ARE POSTED UNDER CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS, CROSS COUNTRY; LINK ELSEWHERE ON THE FRONT PAGE