Prep cross country: East Rowan strong
At the 3A Midwest Regional held at Charlotteís McAlpine Park on Saturday, East Rowan qualified its boys team for the state meet, while Carson advanced two individual runners to state competition.
It was a stacked regional, with five of the top eight teams in 3A participating. Only four could advance.
East finished fourth with a score of 99. Weddington (29), Marvin Ridge (84) and Robinson (93) were the other three state qualifiers.
ěWe didnít run as well as we hoped, but we qualified,î East coach Rick Roseman said.
Carson placed fifth with a team score of 144.
A.L. Brown (222) was seventh. West Rowan (267) was ninth. South Rowan (323) was 12th.
Eastís Cole Honeycutt finished second in 16:10, 25 seconds behind Weddington winner Jonathan Bivens. Cal Meyers (19th, 17:11), Mark Almeida (20th, 17:13), Graham Lyerly (27th, 17:24) and Brad Oden (31st, 17:28) were Eastís other scorers. Conor Honeycutt (33rd) and Darin Basso (36th) ran well and finished ahead of a lot of runners.
The top five runners not on the four qualifying teams also advanced, and that group included Carsonís Jacob Fink (13th, 16:54) and Nathan McMasters (17th, 17:08). Theyíll be the first male Cougars to compete in the state meet.
Other Carson scorers were Kyle Gillis (30th, 17:28), Chase Johnson (38th, 17:44) and Ryan Craft (46th, 17:51).
A.L. Brown was led by state qualifier Jose Navarette (10th, 16:47) and Timmy Hall (26th, 17:24).
West Rowan was paced by Todd Gabriel (22nd, 17:14), Alex Freeze (37th, 17:42) and Cody McNeely (42nd, 17:48).
South Rowan was led by Trevor Sides (43rd, 17:50) and Angel Ruiz (53rd, 18:02).
Northwest Cabarrusí Gil Gilreath (14th, 17:03) was a state qualifier.
n In the girls 3A Midwest Regional, Marvin Ridge (49), Robinson (70), Charlotte Catholic (71) and Weddington (74) were the team qualifiers.
A.L. Brown (139) placed fifth. Carson (309) was ninth. East Rowan (375) was 13th. South Rowan (408) was 15th. West Rowan didnít have a team score, but Rebecca Parker (17th, 20:27) was an individual state qualifier.
A.L. Brownís Natalie Tresslar (13th, 20:13) also qualified as an individual for the state meet. A.L. Brown scorers included Erika Neese (27th, 20:51), Lexie Petty (31st, 21:05), Hannah Bonarrigo (34th, 21:26) and Briana Landis (38th, 21:35).
Leading Carson were Katie Nichols (47th, 22:01), Jakey Clark (61st, 22:56), Alex Hunter (66th), Sarah Safrit (69th, 23:52) and Miranda Wyatt (71st, 24:01).
Eastís top runners were Cacy Honeycutt (62nd, 22:58), Leah Bumby (67th, 23:38) and Kristi Bumby (76th, 24:26).
South was paced by Hannah Houston (45th, 21:55).
n In the 2A Midwest Regional, Salisburyís girls finished ninth. Cuthbertson, Central Davidson, West Stokes and Piedmont were the team qualifiers.
Salisburyís Susannah Dixon (16th, 23:30) was an individual state qualifier. Madeline Labovitz (19th, 23:51), Leea Earnhardt (53rd), Charlotte Kaufmann (63rd) and Kristen Harman (68th,) were the other Salisbury scorers.
Salisburyís boys finished 11th. Cuthbertson, Central Davidson, Piedmont and West Stokes were the team qualifiers. Cody Earnhardt (48th, 21:57), Kevin Kondek (49th, 21:59), Max Patel (51st, 22:02), Nick Green (54th, 22:20) and Jeryon Davis (65th, 23:08) led the Hornets.
n In the boys 1A Midwest Regional, North Rowan finished 12th. Neegbeah Reeves (12th, 17:52) led the Cavaliers and qualified individually for the state meet.
Gray Stoneís girls qualified for the 1A state meet, finishing second to Bishop McGuinness. Hunter Latimer (8th), Illa Jones (9th), Caroline McLeod (11th), Janna Featherstone (15th) and Rebecca Brickner (21st) were scorers.