Saturday, October 30, 2010

Mecklenburg County teams dominate cross country regionals

Three Mecklenburg County teams won N.C. Western Regional cross-country championship at McAlpine Park Saturday.

Ardrey Kell’s boys and girls swept the 4A event, and Charlotte Catholic’s girls won in 3A.

-- The Knights’ boys won led by Nick Kapur, who finished third and Charlie Klecker who finished fourth.

Skyland Roberson’s Cole Rains won the event in 15 minutes, 47 seconds. Watauga’s Daniel Osborne (15:48) was second. Kapur and Klecker both finished in 15:55.

The top four teams – Ardrey Kell, Skyland Roberson, Myers Park and Watauga – advanced to next week’s state championships in Kernersville, along with five individual runners not on those teams: Mallard Creek’s Getisso Dentamo, Alexander Central’s Alex Griggs, South Meck’s Mikey Cristiano, Providence’s Nathan Ziegler and South Caldwell’s Alex Craig.

-- Ardrey Kell’s girls got three top 10 finishes. Watauga’s Darby Middlebrook (17:47) won the event ahead of Knight Kaitlyn Kramer (18:11). Ardrey Kell’s Sydney Foreman (18:38) was sixth and Samantha Teague (18:55) was 10th.

Myers Park was second in the team race followed by Skyland Roberson and Watauga. Those teams will advance to the state finals along with these runners not on those teams: South Meck’s Madelin Talbert, Lake Norman’s Jenny Gallagher and Taylor Sweet, Asheville Reynolds’ Lily Clarke and Olympic’s Sarah Bollinger.

-- In the 3A girls, Catholic finished ahead of Weddington, Marvin Ridge and Concord Robinson. All advanced to next week’s state finals.

Catholic’s Jamie Vezolles won the individual event in 19:02, ahead of Weddington’s Chelsea Matson (19:03) and Catholic’s Margot Corcoran (19:15).

Also advancing to the finals are Concord Hickory Ridge’s Taryn Stern and Ashley Herrin, China Grove Carson’s Sierra Zemanick, West Rowan’s Leslie Pence and Kannapolis Brown’s Natalie Tresslar.

-- Marvin Ridge’s Chris Colo won the boys 3A event in a time of 15 minutes, 25 seconds, topping Concord Robinson’s Braedon Koerwitz (15:36) and Weddington’s Jonathan Bivens (15:52).

Marvin Ridge won the team title. Robinson was second and Charlotte Catholic third. East Rowan, which finished fourth, will also advance to next week’s state final. Among individual runners, Weddington’s Bivens, South Rowan’s Michael York, Hickory Ridge’s Nick Rupp, Mount Pleasant’s Michael Dilks advanced to the finals.