1A Women’s Cross Country Championship:
KERNERSVILLE — Caitlyn Burkett won Franklin Academy’s first Women’s Cross Country individual State Championship as she cruised to an almost 30-second victory over Abigail Hemric from North Stokes. Burkett posted the top time of 19:16.94, averaging 6:12.4 per mile.
Burkett, a junior, then saw her freshmen teammates Sam Burr and Taylor Roberts cross the line with a fourth and seventh place finish, respectively. Burr finished fourth with a time of 20:14.49, while Roberts crossed in 20:24.33.
Franklin Academy took the Women’s State Championship team crown for the second year in a row, outscoring Lincoln Charter 36-74. Patriot runners averaged a time of 20:32.39. Lincoln Charter finished in second with an average time of 21:23.76, led by senior Emily Elliot’s 20:29.28.
In the championship run, Elkin’s Catie Beth Brown placed 41st with a time of 22:16.75 while East Wilkes’ Gracie Brown placed 48th with a time of 22:23.57.
2A Women’s Cross Country Championship:
Lake Norman Charter School grabbed the team title, holding off North Lincoln 66-74 thanks to a one-two finish in the individual event by the Knights’ top runners. Senior Mariah Howlett crossed at 18:03.43 to win the school’s first Women’s Cross Country individual championship. She was followed closely by fellow senior Izzy Evely, who finished in 18:07.57. The Knights also got a top-10 finish from freshman Abbey Farris, who completed the course in 19:32.06, placing ninth overall.
Lake Norman Charter held off a hard charge by North Lincoln to capture the school’s second cross country team title on the women’s side, and their first at the 2A level. North Lincoln was led by Chandler Mccaslin as the senior finished third overall with a time of 18:43.65. North Lincoln sophomore Alyssa Galvin wasn’t far behind her teammate, finishing fifth in 19:11.64 with freshman teammate Angie Allen right behind her in sixth with a time of 19:15.47.
Forbush had several runners take part in the championship on Saturday. Anna-Kathryn Kilby placed fourth overall with a time of 18:58.10, Madisun Shore placed 36th with a time of 20:44.26, Caroline Owens placed 113th, Yamel Cortez placed 145th, Laura Wyrick placed 163, Monserrat Andrade placed 164th, and Lauren Holowiti placed 168th.
1A Men’s Cross Country Championship:
Bishop McGuinness took down the school’s fourth State Championship in the 1A Men’s Cross Country State Championship meet. The Villians outpaced second place Lincoln Charter by an average of just under 14 seconds for the day. Bishop runners had three top-10 finishes of the team times and added an 11th and 13th place mark for good measure to score 51 points to Lincoln Charter’s 95. The Villians top individual finisher was Garrett Price who finished 14th overall in a time of 17:24.91. His teammates Sean Muller, Xavier Peudhomme and Adam Pitman logged 16th, 17th and 18th place finishes overall, respectively.
Conrad Phillips from Pine Lake Prep cruised to the individual championship with a time of 16:09.70. He was more than 27 seconds faster than Lucas Brown from Queens Grant who posted a time of 16:36.89. Phillips averaged 5:12.2 per mile. Phillips is the first Pine Lake Prep men’s runner to win the individual State Championship in cross country.
Elkin had two runners participate in the meet, while East Wilkes had one runner. Nathan Brown (Elkin) placed 25th with a time of 17:39.61, while Charles Walker (Elkin) placed 35th with a time of 17:59.71. East Wilkes’ Preston Dowell placed ninth overall with his time of 17:13.82.
2A Men’s Cross Country Championship:
In one of the tightest races of the day, the individual crown went to Franklin’s senior leader, Nathan Richards, who crossed the line in 16:05.70, just five seconds ahead of Brandon Miller from West Wilkes. The top five runners were all within 15 seconds of each other. Richards championship was the third for a runner from Franklin since 1986 on the men’s side of the championship.
North Lincoln captured the school’s third state championship as a team in Men’s Cross Country. North was led by junior Brian Risse, who cleared the course in 16:12.07, finishing third in the individual meet. North Lincoln held off First Flight by a 58-69 count, they averaged a time of 16:43.27 to First Flight’s 16:45.53. Jason Thomson finished 11th overall for North Lincoln, crossing in 16:36.90. Johnny Grant crossed about 9 seconds later for North Lincoln, at 16:45.10 in 14th place overall.