Cuthbertson’s girls’ indoor track & field team rode the legs and endurance of its long-distance runners to the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A state championship Saturday, Feb. 11. The Cavaliers edged West Carteret 71-54 to bring home the hardware.
Junior Sarah LaTour won the 1,000-meter race, completing the event in three minutes and 2.34 seconds. LaTour was runner-up in the 1,600-meter run (5:10.87) and in the 3,200-meter run (11:35.87). She also anchored the Cavaliers state champion 4×800-meter relay team. LaTour was named MVP of the meet.
“It’s probably the best feeling I’ve ever had as a coach,” Cuthbertson coach Dustin Allen said.
The primary reason this feels so good for Allen is because he believes his team was underestimated when he and his staff took over last year.
Cuthbertson only had 27 students (boys and girls) on the team last season, but took more than 27 athletes to states this season. The Cavs had 110 kids on the team this season.
Allen credits his assistant coaches for helping the Cavaliers reach this level of success.
Cuthbertson should be a state championship contender going into the outdoor season, especially in the long-distance categories. Those are its strongest events. LaTour gives the Cavaliers a chance to reach success every time she runs.
Cuthbertson has become one of the most competitive running programs with Allen as the track and field coach and Kirk Walsh guiding the cross-country team. The Cavaliers are arguably on par or at least within striking distance of Weddington and Marvin Ridge.