North Stokes cross country team traveled to Charlotte to compete in the Hare and Hounds Invitational at McApline Greenway on Saturday. Freshman Lauren Collins won the Girls Varsity Open Race with a personal best time of 21:21 beating the second place finisher by 37 seconds.
“She’s great,” said coach Rodney King. “She’s going to be one of the best distance runners we’ve had at North. As she gets older and continues with training, great things are in store for her.”
Sophomore Morgan Cone finished fifth running a personal record of 22:58. Emma Frye ran a 26:07, and sophomore Madison Sexton and Brandy Bolens set personal records of 27:10 and 28:15. The girls’ team finished sixth out of 18 teams in their race.
The boys finished thirteenth out of 31 teams in the Open Race with Jacob McGee coming in fifth place with a personal best time of 18:41. Dawson Durham finished ninth with a time of 19:01.
“Each one of our boys ran either season best times or personal best times,” King said.
Nicholas Hulbert ran a 21:55, Isaiah East ran a 21:58, and Zack Rose ran a 23:15.
The annual invitational drew in 2700 runners from 82 different high schools that raced in one of three races.
“In these large meets we’re running against the best of the best and it pushes our athletes to compete harder to achieve their goals,” the coach said. “We like to go to these meets because we’re racing against athletes faster than we are and it pushes our athletes to run harder and faster. Also this course is fast. It’s pretty much flat with one hill in it at the mile and half.”
King said his runners efforts are beginning to pay off.
“All our athletes have started to push harder in practice and it is starting to show on the course. They fuss about how hard the training is, but when they see the results they see the benefits of it. Most of our athletes PR’d anywhere between two to three minutes from our last meet.”
West Stokes cross country team ran in the Friday Night Lights held at Ivey Redmon in Kernersville on Sept. 11. In the championship girls’ 5000m race, senior Kaitlyn Stone finished 14 out of 228 with a time of 19:37.08. In the boys championship race Josh Adkins placed 73 out of 238 finishing with a time of 17:46.49.
In the 5000m Boy’s Invitational, Chris Berrios finished 103 out of 209 runners with a time of 20:15.77. Victor Moore placed 150 at 21:40.70, Collin Marot 167, 22:18.97, Dylan Turney 171, with a time of 22:30.53. Tony Bollman placed 187 at 23:56.43, Lucas Posada 192 at 24:42.59, and Andrew Shaw 196 with a time of 25:06.52. Overall, the Wildcats boys’ team placed 24th.
For the ladies, Erin Duke placed 44th out of 176 with a time of 23:30.87. Caroline Pulliam came in 127 at 26:04.73, Hannah Radford 144 at 26:56.21. Anna McGhee finished 149th at 27:29.73 and Rebekah White 154 at 27:59.89. West Stokes girls’ team came in 21st.
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