Dawson Durham finished first out of 57 runners at North Stokes annual Cross Country Invitational on Thursday.
“He’s continued to improve with each meet and has stepped up to be a leader on the team,” said coach Rodney King. “He and freshman Jacob McGee are really going at it in practice pushing each other and because of that the whole team is getting better.”
King hopes to see Durham break the 18 minute mark in this weekend’s 5K at King Elementary. He also expects him to do well in the conference meet which will qualify the junior for regionals.
Freshmen Jacob McGee and Nick Hulbert also ranked in the top 10.
“Jacob and Nick are doing awesome. Jacob didn’t have a good race Thursday because he’s been battling some sinus problems, but when he’s back at full strength he’ll be right there with Dawson. Nick has improved tremendously and should break the 20 minute barrier soon.”
The coach also praised freshmen Isaiah East and Zach Rose.
“They should be in the mid to low 20s by the end of the season,” King said.
As a team North Stokes boys finished in second place behind Atkins, and the Lady Vikings took first.
Missing on the girl’s side was standout freshman Lauren Collins who’s out for the rest of the season with an injury.
“She won the race in Charlotte with a broken toe. She was doing great and probably would have been a contender for the conference title. I’m glad she’s a freshman though because she’ll be back for track and stronger for cross country next year,” King said.
Emma Stanberry finished second for the ladies and improved her time by over three minutes.
“It was good to see her run well. She still has more in her and could be in the low 23 minute range by the end of the season. Madison Sexton has also been working hard and PR’d for her second straight race,” the coach said.
Sophomore Morgan Cone finished in third place and Emma Frye fifth.
King said the rain has been a factor over the last couple of weeks causing North to miss a recent Greensboro meet. At this point, his team is preparing for the conference championship in Kernersville on Oct. 22.
“We’re doing a lot of speed work right now and we’ll be looking for Dawson and Jacob to finish in the top 10 of the conference and for the boys team to finish in the top three teams in conference,” King said.
South had four runners at the North Stokes Invitational, not enough for a team placement. Seniors Hannah Ross, Ashlyn Hawkins, and Alyssa Rodriguez finished in 13th, 14th, and 15th place. Daniel Brown came in 41st with a time of 24:11.
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