Saturday, November 7, 2009

East Lincoln wins cross-country state title

CLEMMONS – East Lincoln placed three runners in the top
nine scoring positions to take the team championship in the North Carolina
High School Athletic Association men’s 2-A cross country championships at
Tanglewood Park on Saturday.

East tallied 101 points to 112 for Central Davidson,
followed by Black Mountain Charles D. Owen (122), Carrboro (139) and
Hillsborough Cedar Ridge (146). Owen had won four of the last five team

Wilkes Central senior Chase Miller was the individual
winner in a time of 16:35.93, just about 12 secondsahead of Swansboro's Ben

In 2-A women's competition, North Henderson sophomore
Catie Byrd beat two-time champion Zatha Loewen of Hampstead Topsail to the
finish line by less than a second to take individual honors.

Byrd won in a time of 19:43.74, just ahead of Lowen's

Carrboro won the 2-A women's team title with 45 points,
while Newport Croatan was second at 88 and North Lincoln third with 125,
followed by Salisbury (140) and Black Mountain Charles D. Owen (162).

Junior Matus Kriska of Mount Airy took individual honors
in the state 1-A men's race in a time of 16:34.13, about 13 seconds ahead of
Dalton Wally of Misenheimer Gray Stone Day.

Gray Stone Day took the 1-A men's team crown with 65 points,
followed by Hayesville (72), Robbinsville (86), Durham N.C. School of
Science and Math (104) and Hendersonville (117).

Carol Blankenship of East Wilkes raced to victory by more than a
minute over the field, finishing in 18:59.30. Robbinsville, paced by Tacey
Tammell who finished third overall, scored 62 points to capture the team
title by 15 points over Hendersonville.

Science and Math was third in the women's standings with 111,
followed by Kernersville Bishop McGuinness (132) and Gray Stone Day (136).