CHARLOTTE – The Weddington boys and girls cross country teams made a huge early season statement as both dominated at the Providence Invitational on Aug. 24 at McAlpine Park.
The Warrior girls scored 53 points, which topped the stacked field by more than 80 points. The boys finished a close second to Pinecrest.
The Warrior girls were paced by Anna Ritter (18:47.46), who took fourth overall in the girls championship. They also got top-five performances from Emma Jones, Kathleen Abrams, Alyx Beausoleil and Elizabeth Starkie, who all finished within the top 15 of the meet. Weddington put four additional runners in the top 34 of the meet.
On the boys side, the Warriors were led by Jake Toomey, who placed second with a super-fast time of 15:34.64.
Haden Miller, freshman Caden Townshend, Joseph Lowther and Michael Paxton rounded out the Warriors’ top five and all finished in under 17 minutes and 26th or better overall.
Weddington also had four of the top nine runners and finished with 89 points, just three shy of Pinecrest.
Marvin Ridge’s Jackson Colling and Cole Jackson both placed within the top 50 runners. Marvin Ridge placed 10th overall.
Marvin Ridge’s Kayla Basinger, Caroline Blanton, Dani Colling and Riley Basinger all placed within the top 50 runners. The Mavs placed fifth overall.