KERNERSVILLE – Cuthbertson and Weddington both had very impressive team and individual showings at the NCHSAA 3A cross country championship, which concluded Nov. 4 at the Ivey Redmon Sports Complex.
The Cavs had all five of their top five runners place within the top 28 in the state. They edged the Warriors, who had their top five all place within the top 30.
Cuthbertson also had the county’s top individual finisher in freshman Madeline Hill, who paced five county runners that finished within the top 10 in the state.
Hill placed third overall, running a personal-best 18 minutes, 18 seconds. Hill’s time is the 13th-fastest time in the state regardless of grade or classification and ranks as the 55th-fastest freshman time in the nation this year.
She was closely followed by Sarah LaTour, who crossed the finish line in 18:27 to take seventh. LaTour’s time was 15 seconds off her personal best of 18:12, a clocking that ranks ninth in the state this year.
The other Cavs placers were freshman Kaitlyn St. Hilaire, who placed 19th with a run of 19:15, freshman Tori Bridgforth, who was 27th with a run of 19:36, and sophomore Gabriella Castro, who was 28th in the state with a time of 19:37.
In addition, Cuthbertson’s Morgan Allison won the NCHSAA Sportsmanship Award.
The Warriors were led by Sarah Betchel, who finished 10th in the state with a time of 18:59.
Weddington’s other individual placers were Anna Davis (19:03, 12th), Sydney Burke (19:20, 20th), freshman Ilana
Thommen (19:41, 30th) and Kathleen Abrams (19:44, 33rd).
Parkwood senior Anna Bristle placed sixth overall with a time of 18:26 and was the only Rebel representative at the state meet.
Piedmont senior Jaeden Phelix cracked the top 10 with a ninth-place run of 18:49. The Panthers had two more runners within the top 50 as Carly Szymanski placed 36th (19:46) and Savannah Vickers was 50th (20:05). Kaitlyn Szymanski (20:54, 85th) and freshman Kara Hartman (24:23, 174th) rounded out the Piedmont top five.
Marvin Ridge was led by sophomore Kaitlyn Cole (19:40, 29th) and got scoring runs from fellow sophomores Delaney Caulder (19:57, 45th), Sarah Cuddy (20:09, 52nd) and Anna Utesch (20:32, 68th) and freshman Brynn Hennessey (20:50, 81st).
Overall, the Cavs were second behind state champion Chapel Hill (62 points) with 71. They were followed closely by Weddington (74) and Southern Carolinas Conference foes Marvin Ridge (sixth, 231), Piedmont (10th, 298) and Charlotte Catholic (12th, 335).
TC Roberson’s Elise Wright won the girls individual title with a time of 18:03, which beat the field by 15 seconds and is the fourth-fastest time run in the state this year.
In the Class 4A meet, Porter Ridge was represented by sophomore Caroline Fagan, who placed 41st in the state with a time of 19:47. She was the only girl runner for the Pirates, who did not qualify as a team.
Cuthbertson star freshman runner Madeline Hill was misidentified in last week’s Union County Weekly. The picture in last week’s paper was of Cav freshman teammate Kaitlyn St. Hilaire.