STREAKS CONTINUE IN 4-A CROSS COUNTRY FOR BROUGHTON, GREEN HOPE; EAST LINCOLN, NCSSM TAKE TOP HONORS IN 2-A CLASSIFICATION
KERNERSVILLE— Two championship streaks continued Saturday afternoon for a couple of Wake County schools in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A cross country championships at the Ivey Redmon Sports Complex on Saturday afternoon.
Raleigh Broughton’s men won their third consecutive NCHSAA team championship—the seventh in a row by a Wake County school in the 4-A event— and Cary Green Hope notched its fifth straight state title in the women’s 4-A race.
Broughton, with four of the top 10 scoring runners representing the Caps, scored 49 points to 72 for Winston-Salem Mount Tabor. Apex was third with 124.
Charlotte Providence senior Wyatt Maxey took top individual honors in the 4-A men’s race, with a winning time of 15:17.55, less than a second ahead of Mount Tabor’s Ian Milder. William Roberson of Broughton was the Caps’ top finisher, coming in third.
Green Hope (81 points) held off Asheville T.C. Roberson (91) and Charlotte Myers Park (97) in the women’s race, with sophomore Elly Henes the top Green Hope finisher, taking third.
Kayla Montgomery of Mount Tabor was the individual champ in 17:29.12, over 11 seconds ahead of Bianca Bishop of Providence. Defending champ Megan Sullivan of Broughton finished ninth.
In 2-A women’s competition, East Lincoln snapped Carrboro’s string of state titles at four in very tight standings. Led by freshman Frances Massey, who was fifth overall, East Lincoln had 70 points to 73 for both Newport Croatan and Carrboro, with Croatan getting the second slot in the tiebreaker.
Junior Maysa Araba of Carrboro took top individual honors with one of the fastest times ever in the 2-A classification at 18:03.66, with Brittany Stanley of Mount Pleasant just over 17 seconds back in second place.
Durham North Carolina School of Science and Math had three of the first five individual finishers to take the 2-A men’s team title. NCSSM had 59 points to 76 for Franklin, followed by Carrboro (93) and Lake Norman Charter (96).
Maiden junior Corbin Boyles was the individual champ in 15:54.86.
BISHOP MCGUINNESS SWEEPS NCHSAA 1-A CROSS COUNTRY TITLES; WEDDINGTON, CARDINAL GIBBONS ARE 3-A WINNERS
KERNERSVILLE— Kernersville Bishop McGuinness, running close to home, successfully defended both its men’s and women’s team titles in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A cross country championships at the Ivey Redmon Sports Complex in Saturday’s morning session.
The men’s 1-A team race was extremely tight, with only eight points separating the top three teams. Bishop recorded 90 points in the men’s standings to 95 for Research Triangle and 98 for Elkin.
Zach Boone of Mitchell was the individual 1-A champion, winning in a time of 15:51.84, almost 22 seconds ahead of Chris O’Brien of Raleigh Charter.
The victory by the Bishop McGuinness team in the women’s championship was a little easier, with Bishop getting 60 points to 98 for runner-up Lincoln Charter. Community School of Davidson placed third with 109 points, led by individual champion Malia Ellington. Ellington won in 19:05.13, 14 seconds ahead of Franklin Academy’s Hannah Zenker.
Weddington ended the reign of Cardinal Gibbons in 3-A men’s cross country, snapping the Crusaders’ streak of state titles at two. Weddington had 98 points to 104 for Cardinal Gibbons, with North Lincoln third at 130.
Fayetteville Terry Sanford’s Philip Hall was the individual champion, beating defending champ Tanis Baldwin of East Henderson to the line by less than half a second in a winning time of 15:07.55.
Mary Grace Doggett of Cardinal Gibbons won her second straight individual crown in the 3-A women’s race in a time of 17:57.07, ahead of teammate Sophie Ebihara. Gibbons, with four runners in the top eight scoring positions, won the women’s 3-A team title for the fourth consecutive year with 37 points. Waxhaw Marvin Ridge finished in second place with 73 points and West Carteret was third with 111.
The 2-A and 4-A championships are scheduled for later Saturday afternoon.