Saturday, November 7, 2009

Myers Park fifth at cross-country finals

CLEMMONS - Raleigh Sanderson's balance enabled the
Spartans to slip past two-time defending champion Raleigh Broughton to
win the men's team title in the North Carolina High School Athletic
Association state 4-A cross country championships at Tanglewood Park on

Sanderson scored 89 points and nipped Broughton by
just three, placing runners in scoring positions between eighth and
15th. West Johnston finished third overall at 106, Winston-Salem Mount
Tabor was fourth at 116 and Charlotte Myers Park fifth at 155.

Senior Patrick Crawford of East Forsyth beat runner-up
Bryan Spreitzer of Cary Green Hope to the finish line by about a
five-second margin to take top individual honors in a time of 15:47.11.
Matt Schick was Sanderson's leading runner, finishing 13th overall and
eighth among those on scoring teams.

Green Hope won the women's 4-A title with 47 points,
13 ahead of Asheville T.C. Roberson. Roberson had won the last five
titles in succession at the 3-A level. Then in order came Fayetteville
Terry Sanford (157), West Johnston (183) and Northwest Guilford (195).

Laura Hoer of T.C. Roberson was the individual 4-A
women's champ in a time of 18:31.01, just over a second ahead of East
Chapel Hill's Carolyn Baskir.

In the 3-A classification, Chapel Hill and Raleigh
Cardinal Gibbons finished one-two in both women's and men's competition.

Chapel Hill's women tallied 52 points to 94 for
Gibbons, followed by Waxhaw Marvin Ridge (108), Weddington (149 and
North Buncombe (158).

Junior Sarah Rapp of Gibbons was the individual 3-A
women's champ in 19:29.50, her second consecutive individual state title
after winning at 2-A in 2008.

On the men's side, Chapel Hill won it with 54 points
to 102 for Gibbons, with the Tigers putting five runners among the top 14
scoring positions. Eastern Alamance was third at 127, with Marvin Ridge
fourth at 141 and Charlotte Catholic fifth with 151.

Eastern Alamance senior Jake Hurysz took top
individual honors among the 3-A men in 15:49.77, just under eight
seconds ahead of Chris Colo of Marvin Ridge.