WEDDINGTON – The Weddington boys and Cuthbertson girls cross country teams put on a show at the Southern Carolinas Conference championship Oct. 22 on a slick course at Weddington.
Gabrielle Castro won the race with a run of 18:36, which was nearly 15 seconds ahead of the field. Castro was named the conference’s runner of the year.
Madeline Hill finished second and in the top two for the third straight season. It was also the third straight season the Cavs have finished 1-2 in the race and the third SCC title in four years after Weddington won last season.
Weddington and Cuthbertson dominated the girls race, combining to send the first 12 runners across the line and 17 of the top 20.
Here’s how the top 10 shook out: Castro, Cuthbertson (18:36, first); Hill, Cuthbertson (18:51, second); freshman Alyssa Preisano, Cuthbertson (18:55, third); Anna Ritter, Weddington (18:55, fourth), Anna Davis, Weddington (19:05, fifth); Alyx Beausoleil, Weddington (19:06, sixth); freshman Lillian Nasta, Cuthbertson (19:09); Emma Jones, Weddington (19:16, eighth); Kathleen Abrams, Weddington (19:18, ninth); and freshman Marissa Bosland, Cuthbertson (19:19, 10th).
Cuthbertson won with 23 points and was followed by Weddington (32), Marvin Ridge (83), Charlotte Catholic (121), Piedmont (144), Parkwood (181) and Sun Valley (225).
In the boys race, Jake Toomey led a contingent of six Warriors in the top 10 as Weddington won convincingly.
Toomey ran 16:19, which blew away the field by over 15 seconds.
Toomey was joined in the top 10 by Wesley Larson (16:31, second); Haden Miller (16:47, fifth); Sam Sanneman (16:47, sixth); Grayson Lucas (17:00, ninth); and Joseph Lowther (17:03, 10th).
The Warriors also got great runs from freshmen Caden Townsend (17:06, 11th) and Chauncey Chen (17:10, 12th) and got four more runners in the top 20.
Marvin Ridge’s Cole Jackson (16:43, third) and Gunner Hogston (16:46, fourth) finished in the top 10 along with Cuthbertson’s Mickey Schihl (16:49, seventh) and Shaun Raughley (16:52, eighth).
Overall, Weddington scored 23 points, which was well ahead of Cuthbertson (58, tie for second), Marvin Ridge (58, tie for second), Charlotte Catholic (115, fourth), Parkwood (144, fifth), Piedmont (168, sixth) and Sun Valley (214, seventh).