The N.C. High School Athletic Association’s state cross country meets were held on Saturday, Nov. 3, and several Union County teams had impressive showings.
In the Class 2A meet, Cuthbertson had strong performances in both the boys and girls meets, which were held at Beeson Park in Kernersville. The Cavs placed second in the girls meet and fourth among boys.
Senior Madison Simmons finished third overall among individual girls competitors with a time of 18 minutes, 46.53 seconds, which was just a little more than four seconds behind Carborro’s Grace Morken and Maysa Araba. Other Cuthbertson girls to place among the top 20 were Megan Kiss (19:55.29, 14th place) and Alex Simmons (20:00.72, 16th).
Piedmont finished 10th overall, and was led by sophomore Nikkita Elminowski (20:26.21, 25th overall).
On the boys side, Cuthbertson junior Danny Sodano (16:37.69) finished seventh in the individual meet, and Grant Wood posted the fastest freshman time (17:27.01, 27th place). Other Cavs to eclipse the 18-minute mark included junior Cole Bernard (17:52.11, 40th place) and sophomores Max Cunningham (17:53.06, 42nd place) and William Deslauriers (17:58.17, 50th place).
In the Class 3A meet, also held at Beeson Park, Marvin Ridge and Weddington both had good team performances, with the Mavericks finishing third in the girls meet and fourth in the boys competition. The Warrior boys came in third place, while the girls finished sixth.
Weddington senior Tanner Glackin was the top Union County boys finisher (16:10.70, fifth place) and was joined by teammates Luke Warner (16:46.92, 23rd) and Brandon Dalla Rosa (16:52.07, 25th) among top-25 finishers.
Sophomore Daniel Ferguson (16:41.51, 18th) was the Mavs’ top finisher but was followed closely by teammates Kendon Corbett (16:46.87, 21st) and Jake Blizzard (16:46.90, 22nd).
Weddington senior Mallary Price (18:53.79, sixth) barely edged Marvin Ridge freshman Melanie Hussey (18:54.31, seventh) as Union County’s top individual girls performer.
Marvin Ridge had three other runners place among the top 30, as Nicole Renwick (19:24.06, 11th), Kylie Hennessey (19:59.74, 24th) and Jackie Male (20:06.42, 27th) had good individual showings.
Other Warrior girls to finish among the top 40 were Morgan Garrett (18:58.69, eighth) and Natalie Warner (20:32.00, 39th).
Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons swept the boys and girls Class 3A team events.