The N.C. High School Athletic Association held its regional cross country meets at venues across the state this weekend. Below is a look at the top 4A West runners in our area.
Teams: Providence, Ardrey Kell, Myers Park, South Meck
Venue: McAlpine Greenway, Charlotte
Pace Clark and Cora Cooke both won the individual regional race and the Myers Park girls took the team title at the West Regional.
Clark set the pace with a run of 16:18, which beat the field by nearly 15 seconds, and set the tone for a heavy area presence that saw seven runners finish within the top 10.
David Broud (16:47, fifth) joined Clark in the top 10, but the Panthers also got scoring runs from Jake Baumann (17:08, 15th), Wick Hatch (17:55, 28th) and Michael Broud (18:04, 30th).
Murphy Smith was the regional runner-up (16:33) and joined Ardrey Kell teammate Griffin Cascone (16:50, seventh) in the top 10. The Knights also got scoring runs from Steven Sobus (17:08, 15th), Steven Smith (17:30, 20th) and Noah Caldwell (17:33, 22nd), who edged teammate Nate David (17:34, 23rd) for the final spot.
Gant Renner (16:41, fourth) led a stacked Myers Park squad that had top 10 performances from Tristan Wick (16:52, ninth) and David Foard (16:56, 10th). Dylan Canipe (17:16, 17th) and Connor Selle (17:31, 21st) rounded out the Mustang scorers.
South Meck’s Eduardo Leon (17:36, 24th) paced the Sabres, who also got scoring runs from Nathan Sullivan (18:30, 39th), Harold Santillan (18:47, 44th), Jackson Green (18:52, 50th) and Griffin Peterson (19:00, 52nd).
Myers Park placed second (61) behind champion Mooresville (61). Ardrey Kell (65, third), Providence (79, fourth) and South Meck (209, sixth) all ran well.
On the girls side, Cooke continued her ascent this season, and won the race by over 11 seconds ahead of the field with a time of 18:34.
The regional champion Mustangs flexed their muscles at the event, getting six runners in the top 14 in the region with Cooke, Tyler Brading (19:36, eighth), Joelle Ryan (19:49, eighth), Brenda Gray (20:22, 11th), Clara Richards (20:48, 13th) and Megan Merritt (20:51, 14th) all having exceptional races.
Ardrey Kell wasn’t far behind with five runners of their own in the top 20 behind strong performances from Jenna Thornton (19:35, sixth), Piper Shuster (20:28, 12th), Caitlin Peck (21:01, 17th), Riley Corn (21:01, 19th) and Kristin Kendall (21:03, 20th).
Jordan Cabrol (21:12, 22nd) led South Meck, and the Sabres got scoring runs from Brooke Everson (21:28, 31st), Larrabee Hoelscher (22:15, 39th), Sarah Sandell (22:22, 41st) and Carolina Leon (23:07, 50th).
Tate Arrington (19:59, ninth) led Providence, but the Panthers also got scoring runs from Francine Okraaski (20:58, 15th), Emma Ford (21:12, 24th), Grace Kuhlman (21:28, 30th) and Izzy Linz (21:39, 32nd), who edged teammates Molly Gomsak (21:45, 33rd).
The Mustangs scored 40 points, 29 less than runner-up Hough. Ardrey Kell (74, third), Providence (110, fourth) and South Meck (183, sixth) rounded out the scoring.