Area sports briefs: South's York fourth; East boys seventh
From staff reportsSouth Rowan’s Michael York placed fourth and East Rowan’s team took seventh in a strong field at the Wendy’s Invitational cross country meet held at Charlotte’s McAlpine Greenway on Saturday.
South’s boys were 12th. Carson finished 28th.
Leading East runners were Ross Oden (11th, 16:49), Cole Honeycutt (12th, 16:53), Brad Oden (65th, 18:08), Hunter Arey (69th, 18:09), Preston Dixon (74th, 18:14) and Mark Almeida (84th, 18:23).
York ran 16:23 to lead South. Other top South runners included Eric Delgado (61st, 18:05), Caleb O’Neal (67th, 18:08), Nathaniel Winslow (90th, 18:26), Derrick Thomas (94th, 18:31) and Dalton Johnson (98th, 18:37).
Chase Johnson (109th, 19:09) paced Carson.
n Carson’s girls finished 18th in the Wendy’s Invitational. South was 19th. East was 22nd.
Local girls in the top 100 included Carson’s Sierra Zemanick (44th, 21:37), Jordan Murdock (72nd, 22:20) and Devan Purvis (81st, 22:38), South’s Emily Kinney (48th, 21:48) and Camille Craddock (71st, 22:17) and East’s Kristen Hatley (55th, 21:59) and Jenny Hughes (96th, 23:04).
n In the Hagan Stone Classic meet held in Greensboro on Saturday, Salisbury’s boys finished 24th and A.L. Brown was 25th.
Nick Summers (26th, 17:18.3) and Philip Tonseth (34th, 17:27.1) were strong for the Hornets. Larry Scaggs (17th, 16:56.6) paced the Wonders.
n Prep golf
West Rowan’s Katie Knepp shot 42 for medalist honors in a recent girls golf match at Rolling Hills.
West won with a team score of 136. Statesville (145), East Rowan (164) and North Iredell (166) rounded out the field.
West’s Alex Mills shot 45 for runner-up honors. Ashlynn Perry finished sixth at 49. Micah Cottingham shot 53.
Samantha Haviland led East. She was 10th at 52. South Rowan’s Courtney Barbee competed as an individual and shot 51. She tied for eighth.
Knepp leads the conference individual standings heading into the final match. Statesville’s Kathyrn Vance is second.
West leads the team competition by two strokes. The NPC championship is at Statesville Country Club on Oct. 13.
n Catawba athletics
Catawba’s women’s soccer team blanked Wingate 2-0 on Saturday night at Frock Field. It was the first loss for the Bulldogs.
Katie Gair and Maria Borland scored for Catawba (7-3-1, 2-1 SAC). Borland scored on an assist by Stephanie Borland, her sister. Keeper Lindsay Webster made seven saves.
n Catawba’s men won Saturday’s 8K Belmont Abbey Invitational cross country meet, while the Catawba women placed third in a 5K. Catawba’s Christian Crifasi won the men’s race in 28:09. Justin Smith (fourth, 29:29) and Jonathan Cooley (fifth, 29:30) had high finishes.
Maleah Cole led Catawba’s women. She was second in 20:05.
n Catawba’s volleyball team lost at Newberry 3-2 on Friday. Jordan Raye had 10 kills, 16 digs and 32 assists in her first varsity start. Kaitlyn Whitmer had 15 kills and 21 digs for the Indians (2-4 SAC).
Catawba (9-7) rebounded to sweep Lander on Saturday behind Whitmer’s 11 kills and 14 digs and Shay Meeks’ 12 kills.
n Catawba’s field hockey team lost to Davidson 7-0 on Saturday. Hannah English scored twice for the Wildcats.
Bronwen Gainsford recorded 14 saves for the Indians (2-8).
n Pfeiffer athletics
Pfeiffer’s women’s soccer team won 2-1 at Erskine on Saturday. Lindsay McQuade and Kirsten Bartsch scored for the Falcons (5-3-3, 2-1-2 CC).
n Pfeiffer’s men’s soccer team won 3-1 at Erskine on Saturday. Johannes Tisell scored twice for Pfeiffer (7-3, 4-1 CC).
n Pfeiffer’s volleyball team swept Mount Olive on Friday and swept Barton on Saturday. Brittany Dickens had 11 kills and 12 digs for the Falcons (12-6, 9-1 CC) on Saturday.