Walkertown and Bishop McGuiness edged out the Vikings cross country team at the Northwest 1A Conference Championships finishing in the first and second place slots. North Stokes ladies team came in third, and boys fourth.
“I think they ran great. The kids stuck to our racing strategy and we did what I thought we would do. Dawson (Durham) and Jacob (McGee) ran an excellent race and both received All-Conference honors by finishing in the top 10,” said Vikings head coach Rodney King.
As a freshman, McGee has become North Stokes fastest ninth grader to run cross country in the school’s history.
At the conference championship Emma Stanbury finished with a three minute PR from her previous race.
“She and Junior Fulks have been working hard and have improved tremendously over the past few weeks,” King said. “Emma is shaping into being one of our go-to people for track this upcoming season. She has gotten stronger and faster. Junior is working to break 20 minutes for a 5K. He’s one of our hardest workers out there and he’s a competitor.”
The 1A Midwest Regionals were held Saturday at Ivey Redmon in Kernersville. Sophomore Morgan Cone led the Lady Vikings with a 23:16.13 finish and Stanbury finished close behind at 23:36.74. Emma Frye came in with a 24:49.23 time, followed by Brandy Bolens (25:11.02) and Bailey Durham (25:39.58).
On the boys’ side, Durham finished in eighth place with a time of 17:30.91. McGee ranked 15th (18:07.34), followed by Fulks (58, 19:58.28), Isaiah East (77, 20:38.97), Zachary Rose (84, 20:57.02), and Nicholas Hulbert (89, 21:17.31).
King believes the commitment put into cross country will continue to propel their track program.
“We’ve trained harder this cross country season than in seasons past, mainly gearing a lot of our training towards indoor and outdoor season. Those who are staying out for indoor will see great improvement from last year. I’m looking forward to seeing what our athletes will be able to do,” he said.
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