Metrolina girls, boys XC dominates MAC again
CHARLOTTE – The Metrolina Christian boys and girls cross country teams continued their run of dominance, sweeping the Metrolina Athletic Conference championship for the fourth straight season together Oct. 15 at McAlpine Park.
The boys have now won five straight conference titles and seven in the past eight years. The girls won their fourth straight with their most recent success.
The boys were led by all-Union County runner Tate Johnson, who finished third (17 minutes, 38 seconds) and Camden Johnson (fourth, 17:42).
Daniel Marian (seventh, 18:48), Jon Street (ninth, 19:02) and Cornelius Marian (14th, 20:48) rounded out the top Warrior runners.
Tate Johnson earned his fourth all-conference honor in cross country, and his second all-Union County honor. Camden Johnson nabbed his third all-conference honor. Daniel Marian earned his second for finishing in the top 10.
The boys scored 37 points, well ahead of runner-up Hickory Grove (58), but are used to big showings after winning the Carolinas Kickoff last month and the Chief Invitational in Myrtle Beach in October. In addition, the Warriors were sixth out of 38 schools at the Friday Night Lights in early September.
The Warrior girls were led by all-conference runners Skylar Guhl (third, 22:52), Liza Shuck (fourth, 23:11), Taylor Dixon (fifth, 23:18), Maddie Dooley (sixth, 23:20) along with Reagan Pruitt, who missed all-conference by just three seconds (11th, 23:55).
Dooley and Dixon earned their second all-league nomination.
The Warriors’ 29 points were 16 better than runner-up Hickory Grove.
Meric, Pendleton go low at 3A regional
Cuthbertson’s Layla Meric and Weddington’s Hailey Pendleton both shot rounds of 73 to tie for second place at the 3A Western Regional golf tournament, which concluded Oct. 16.
Marvin Ridge’s Amber Capote shot a 77 and tied for seventh place in the individual tournament, but led the Mavs to second and an automatic bid to next week’s state championship.
Braelyn Pippin (81, 11th), Hailey Flo (85, tied for 15th) and Bridget Sullivan (89, 20th) were the other Marvin Ridge golfers to score.
Weddington placed third in the region, also earning a bid to the state championship as the top four teams qualify.
Pendleton paced Weddington with her 73, and joined Joyce Zhang (85, tie for 15th), Melissa Wyman (87, 19th) and Lauren Watson (94, tied for 27th) as Warrior scorers.
Charlotte Catholic placed fourth with Kallie Pavlish (75, tied for fourth), Madi Brensinger (83, 12th), Anna Lowe (92, tied for 23rd) and Haley Pool (96, tied for 29th) all scoring for the Cougars.
Cuthbertson finished fifth, 13 shots behind Charlotte Catholic for the final spot. Meric led the way with her round of 73, and was followed by Mackenzie Cook (94, 27th), Mia Stover (96, tied for 30th) and Bronagh O’Shea (108, tied for 39th).
Asheville’s Ana Tsiros won the tournament with a round of 73. Cox Mill was the team champion four girls all placing in the top 15.
Weddington, Charlotte Catholic and Marvin Ridge will all compete as teams, with individual players from Cuthbertson at next week’s 3A championship, which will be Oct. 22-23 in Pinehurst.