The N.C. High School Athletic Association held its regional cross country meets at venues across the state this weekend. Below is a class-by-class look at the top runners in our area.
Team(s): Queens Grant
Venue: Ivey Redmon Sports Complex, Kernersville
Queens Grant star senior Lucas Brown held off a fast pack of runners to win the regional with a time of 16:46, which led the field by nearly 20 seconds.
Three other runners finished under 17:19, but nobody else eclipsed the 18-minute mark in the event.
Joshua Divers placed sixth (18:13), Alex Rice was 40th (20:16), Caimen French 42nd (20:21) and Hayden Lynch finished 55th (21:00).
The Stallion boys finished third with 136 points, which trailed Community School of Davidson (70) and regional champ Bishop McGuinness (43).
Queens Grant didn’t qualify for the team championship, but was led by Esther Jesalva, who placed 51st (25:59).
Teams: Independence, Porter Ridge, Butler
Venue: Ivey Redmon Sports Complex, Kernersville
Nicholas O’Brien-Pfifer continued his breakout season as the Independence junior led all area runners by placing 12th overall (17:19).
Scheneck Carter was 48th overall (18:11) and joined Nicholas Cleveland (18:31, 57th), Kensho Pilkey (18:50, 65th), Darius Templeton (19:15, 73rd), Elijah Guzman (19:57, 86) among runners to finish within the top 100.
Butler was led by Dustin Marcinko (19:13, 70th). Connor Helms (19:48, 83rd), Dillon Neeley (20:06, 91st), Jackson Wortham (20:43, 99th) and Benjamin Vozniak-Gellman (20:48, 100th) also placed within the top 100.
Porter Ridge’s Michael Beckerman paced the Pirates (17:46, 29th) who got solid runs from Dominic Conroy (18:41, 52nd), Wyatt Austin (20:40, 98th) and Silas Medlin (20:51, 101st).
RJ Reynolds’ Jack Hollbrook won the race in 16:40, and West Forsyth was the team champion with 74.
Independence finished 10th (255), Porter Ridge was 13th (394) and Butler was 15th (443).
Porter Ridge junior Caroline Fagan was the top area runner, placing 18th (20:54). Olivia Del Cruz (22:33, 52nd), Mayra Martinez (24:22, 68th), Lindsey Cormier (24:35, 71st) and Emma Taylor 25:35, 83rd) all scored for the Pirates.
Samantha Brennan paced Independence (22:57, 47th), who also got scoring runs from Mikayla Lamb (23:38, 56th), Indria Thompson (23:49, 59th), Natalie Torres (24:06, 65th) and Savi Matos (24:53, 73rd)
Bina Lerner was Butler’s top runner (23:19, 49th), and the Bulldogs also got scoring runs from Danielle Aiello (23:46, 58th), Cate Cambruzzi (24:32, 70th), Joanna Lee (28:52, 100th) and Elle Rojas (29:49, 104th).
Overall, Independence (273, 10th), Porter Ridge (284, 11th) and Butler (368, 13th) all trailed regional champ West Forsyth (38).
Pinecrest’s Carmen Alder was the individual champion (18:34), winning the race by nearly a full minute).
Teams: Providence, Ardrey Kell, Myers Park, South Meck
Venue: McAlpine Greenway, Charlotte
Pace Clark and Cora Cooke both won the individual regional race and the Myers Park girls took the team title at the West Regional.
Clark set the pace with a run of 16:18, which beat the field by nearly 15 seconds, and set the tone for a heavy area presence that saw seven runners finish within the top 10.
David Broud (16:47, fifth) joined Clark in the top 10, but the Panthers also got scoring runs from Jake Baumann (17:08, 15th), Wick Hatch (17:55, 28th) and Michael Broud (18:04, 30th).
Murphy Smith was the regional runner-up (16:33) and joined Ardrey Kell teammate Griffin Cascone (16:50, seventh) in the top 10. The Knights also got scoring runs from Steven Sobus (17:08, 15th), Steven Smith (17:30, 20th) and Noah Caldwell (17:33, 22nd), who edged teammate Nate David (17:34, 23rd) for the final spot.
Gant Renner (16:41, fourth) led a stacked Myers Park squad that had top 10 performances from Tristan Wick (16:52, ninth) and David Foard (16:56, 10th). Dylan Canipe (17:16, 17th) and Connor Selle (17:31, 21st) rounded out the Mustang scorers.
South Meck’s Eduardo Leon (17:36, 24th) paced the Sabres, who also got scoring runs from Nathan Sullivan (18:30, 39th), Harold Santillan (18:47, 44th), Jackson Green (18:52, 50th) and Griffin Peterson (19:00, 52nd).
Myers Park placed second (61) behind champion Mooresville (61). Ardrey Kell (65, third), Providence (79, fourth) and South Meck (209, sixth) all ran well.
On the girls side, Cooke continued her ascent this season, and won the race by over 11 seconds ahead of the field with a time of 18:34.
The regional champion Mustangs flexed their muscles at the event, getting six runners in the top 14 in the region with Cooke, Tyler Brading (19:36, eighth), Joelle Ryan (19:49, eighth), Brenda Gray (20:22, 11th), Clara Richards (20:48, 13th) and Megan Merritt (20:51, 14th) all having exceptional races.
Ardrey Kell wasn’t far behind with five runners of their own in the top 20 behind strong performances from Jenna Thornton (19:35, sixth), Piper Shuster (20:28, 12th), Caitlin Peck (21:01, 17th), Riley Corn (21:01, 19th) and Kristin Kendall (21:03, 20th).
Jordan Cabrol (21:12, 22nd) led South Meck, and the Sabres got scoring runs from Brooke Everson (21:28, 31st), Larrabee Hoelscher (22:15, 39th), Sarah Sandell (22:22, 41st) and Carolina Leon (23:07, 50th).
Tate Arrington (19:59, ninth) led Providence, but the Panthers also got scoring runs from Francine Okraaski (20:58, 15th), Emma Ford (21:12, 24th), Grace Kuhlman (21:28, 30th) and Izzy Linz (21:39, 32nd), who edged teammates Molly Gomsak (21:45, 33rd).
The Mustangs scored 40 points, 29 less than runner-up Hough. Ardrey Kell (74, third), Providence (110, fourth) and South Meck (183, sixth) rounded out the scoring.