Sports Shorts for October 21

Warriors cross country impresses at conference meet

Metrolina Christian Academy runners won both the boys and girls individual titles at the Metrolina Athletic Conference cross country championship meet on Oct. 17 at Charlotte’s McAlpine Park, while each team also recorded its best-ever finishes at the event.

Sparked by five athletes within the top 10, the Metrolina Christian boys ran away with the team title with 25 points – the lowest point total for any team since 2002 and the second-lowest in the meet’s 12-year history, according to Warriors coach Brett Honeycutt.

Alec Bross took first place with a time of 18 minutes, 2 seconds. Teammate Caleb Breeden was second at 18:02, followed by sixth-place Will Melton (19:05) and seventh-place Andrew Troyer (19:06). Justin Kerly finished ninth (19:28).

On the girls side, Toni Dunn captured gold in 20:35, making her the only female competitor to break the 21-minute mark at the meet. Fellow Warrior Caitlyn Logan was seventh (22:58). The duo pushed the Metrolina Christian girls to a third-place finish in the team competition with 81 points.

Cuthbertson football in play at end

With just two games remaining in the regular season, and with a record of 3-6, the Cuthbertson football team is in the uncharted position of controlling its own postseason fate.

The third-year program has never finished a season with more than three wins, and earning victories over West Stanly on Friday, Oct. 21, and Piedmont on Oct. 28 would be a huge step for the program, said coach Mike Roark.

“When we sat down and talked, both as coaches and with the kids in the offseason, the goal for us was to make the playoffs,” he said. “We don’t talk in terms of wins and losses as far as numbers, but obviously, to get into the playoffs, five seems to be the magic number.

“It’s fantastic to have this opportunity. It’s nice to be feeling pressure at this point in the season because it means we have a chance.”

Rocky River 1A/2A girls tennis winners

Central Academy’s Annie Neese claimed the Rocky River 1A/2A conference individual girls tennis crown last week by beating teammate Carly Moore in the league tournament finals (6-0, 6-2). Neese advanced to the finals after downing Union Academy’s Joanne McDaniel in the semifinals (6-0, 6-1).

Union Academy’s Sarah Merck and Hannah Clause teamed to down Central Academy’s Sara Seegers and Rachel Nance (6-4, 6-2) for the conference’s doubles crown.

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