Local cross-country runners close fall season at state meet

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The championship season came to a close over the weekend in Kernersville as local runners competed at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Cross-Country Championships.

Weddington made it two team championships in the last three years in the 3A meet. Led by Mitchell Resor, who finished second overall, Weddington tallied 52 points to 95 for runner-up Chapel Hill. Topsail placed sixth out of the 16 teams competing, while sophomore David Melville of Northern Guilford was the individual 3-A champion, winning in 16:12.12 and finishing just over nine seconds ahead of Resor.

Chad Campbell (Topsail) placed 19th overall, completing the 3.1 mile trek in 17:14.54. Senior Trent Pyrtle (17:29.57) took 27th of the 140 runners to cross the finish line and Jack Palagruto (South Brunswick) finished 50th overall, with a time of under 18 minutes.

Topsail placed sixth overall at the 3A state meet. Photos courtesy- Rodney Williams
Topsail placed sixth overall at the 3A state meet. Photos courtesy- Rodney Williams

Raleigh Broughton’s Jeremy Brown won his second consecutive individual championship in the 4A race, but Broughton’s streak of team championships was snapped at the Ivey Redmon Sports Complex on Saturday.

Brown, a senior, won in a time of 15:44.62, just under six seconds ahead of Connor Lane of Raleigh-Cardinal Gibbons.  Mount Tabor had four runners among the first 15 scoring in the team competition to record 67 points to Broughton’s 80 for the team title.

The Hoggard boys closed in 10th place thanks to the efforts of sophomore Jamie Witmer and senior Robinson Snider. Witmer was 27th overall at 16:55.70, while Snider crossed the finish line in just over 17 minutes.

Brian Walker (Laney), Conner Riggs (Laney) and Xavier McKinley all finished in under 18 minutes.

Cardinal-Gibbons snapped Green Hope’s string of women’s team championships at six in its first foray into the 4-A level, as the Crusaders scored 63 points to 67 for Green Hope.  Gibbons was aided by its top three runners finishing in the first 11 in the team scoring.

Nevada Moreno of Raleigh Leesville Road won the 4-A women’s race in dominating fashion, winning by almost 45 seconds over the field with a time of 17:46.50.  Defending individual champion Elly Henes of Green Hope finished second.

Sara Pellizzari.
Sara Pellizzari.

Laney freshman Natalie Tyner placed 26th at the state meet at 20:05.33 as the Bucs took 13th place.

4A girls

No. 1 Nevada Moreno, Leesville Road, 17:46.50

No. 26 Natalie Tyner, Laney, 20:05.33

No. 63 Haley Smithwick, Laney, 21:04.20

No. 79 Sara Pellizzari, Hoggard, 21:22.88

No. 83 Cameron Smithwick, Laney, 21:26.27

No. 96 Brooklyn Barnett, Laney, 21:48.51

No. 99 Lilli Johnson, Hoggard, 21:59.30

No. 101 Hannah DeLange, Hoggard, 21:59.53

No. 107 Bella Idol, New Hanover, 22:09.50

4A  boys 

No. 1 Jeremy Brown, Broughton, 15:44.62

No. 27 Jamie Witmer, Hoggard, 16:55.70

No. 36 Robinson Snider, Hoggard, 17:02.55

No. 88 Brian Walker, Laney, 17:51.06

No. 98 Conner Riggs, Laney, 17:56.33

No. 101 Xavier McKinley, New Hanover, 17:58.58

3A boys

No. 1 David Melville, Northern Guilford, 16:12.12

No. 19 Chad Campbell, Topsail, 17:14.54

No. 27 Trent Pyrtle, Topsail, 17:29.57

No. 50 Jack Palagruto, South Brunswick, 17:50.63

No. 60 Jackson Moore, Topsail, 17:59.44