High school cross country: Julians lead South boys to 5th in 2A

Published 10:28 am Saturday, January 23, 2021


Raiders at the start of the first wave for 2A boys.

Photo by Zelia Frick.


Staff report

KERNERSVILLE — South Rowan senior Noah Julian concluded a great high school career on Friday with another terrific effort in the 2A state championships at Ivey Redmon Park.

In the 2A boys ranks, 100 qualifiers were competing in two sections of 50.

Julian and his South teammates were in the first wave. Julian placed second in that wave, but there were a plethora of fast runners from state champ North Lincoln and regional champ Atkins in the second wave. When scores of the two waves were merged, Julian stood 14th. He was clocked in 16:39.

He was 18th in 2A in the fall of 2019, a normal cross country season. He ran 16:38 in that one.

As a sophomore, he was 19th in 17:09. As a freshman, he was 36th in 17:14.

Julian was three-time Central Carolina Conference and Rowan County champion and led South Rowan to three county championships and two conference championships.

Eli Julian, Noah’s freshman brother, showed again on Friday that he’s one of the rising stars in the sport. Fourth in his wave with a 16:57 clocking, he was 18th overall.

South also got strong runs from Landon Cromer (35th, 17:51), Aaron Jones (53rd, 18:29), Grayson Cromer (57th, 18:36), Nolan Miller (67th, 19:16) and Brooks Hubbard (76th, 19:31).

Based on times, South was expected to finish sixth, but came home fifth.

Fifth place went to a tiebreaker, the sixth runner. Miller, a senior who has been battling shin splints, was the decisive runner who decided a deadlock with Franklin in the Raiders’ favor.

Coach Scott Julian loses three good seniors, but four of the top seven are freshmen. South moves up to the 3A ranks next season.

This was a cross country season unlike any other, but South competed from start to finish.