Cards host their first cross country meet ever


Representatives from nine different schools gathered to take part in the meet

By Cory Smith



East Surry’s Devin Hill sprints toward the finish line in East Surry’s first ever home cross country club meet.


Jair Gonzalez, the winner of the middle school boys’ race, rounds a trail corner at the Armfield Civic Center.


North Surry girls left to right: Kiley Hill, Alma Rodriguez, Elle Sutphin, Madison Allen, Millie York, and Natalie Slate.


Surry Central girls left to right, back row: Andrea Gonzalez, Fernanda Camadra, Aylin Soto, Audrey Poindexter, Lillie Thompson. Front Row: Abigail Hernandez, Kayli Grizzell.


Central Middle boys left to right, back row: Kevin Tucker, Spencer LeClair, Jeremiah Hernandez, Cesar Torres, Edgar Reyes. Front row: David Antunez, Edinso Gonzalez, Evan Wall, Landon Pack, Eric Gomez.


South Stokes boys in no particular order: Elijah Mitchell, Landon Parsons, Austin Harger, Noah Bragg, Ricky Gonzales, Shemar Dalton, Brady Dudley, Chris Slate, Daniel Fulk, Wesley Misenheimer, Chance Landreth, Ryan Tilley, and Andrew Cassidy.


Alma Rodriguez’s impressive time of 25:55 was enough to earn her first place among high school girls and helped North Surry to win the team competition.


PILOT MOUNTAIN — Representatives from five high schools and four middle schools took part in history Tuesday by participating in the first cross country meet ever hosted by East Surry. The teams convened at the Edward M. Armfield Civic Center for the event, but not before countless hours of preparation. East Surry coach First Sergeant Ronald Montgomery said it took many people to make the event a success.

“It takes a lot of help to run a cross country meet and I’m thankful for the parents, teachers, friends, and cadets that helped with the meet,” Montgomery said.

Up first were the middle school-ers. Boys and girls from Meadowview, Pilot Mountain, Central, and Gentry middle schools took off at 4 p.m. and didn’t look back. The unforgiving trail pushed participants to their limit. It was said that the times of the runners would be one or two minutes slower than normal, due to the terrain of the course.

Jair Gonzalez of Meadowview was the first participant to cross the finish line. Gonzalez’s time of 14:38 was 42 seconds faster than that of the next contestant, Jeremiah Hernandez. Hernandez’s 15:20 gave him second place while Ray Pell rounded out the top three, giving Meadowview another participant on the podium.

Despite having two runners in the top three, the collective score of Meadowview’s top five contestants equalled that of Central. Central won the tiebreaker, determined by the place of the team’s sixth-lowest time, giving the Hornets the team victory.

Aylin Soto of Central Middle was the first female to finish the race, with a time of 16:27. Sarah Mauldin was the second girl to cross the finish line and the first to represent Gentry. Abigail Hernandez was the second girl from Central to complete the course and the third girl overall. The two teams alternated the first five places, but Central took the advantage by winning both sixth and seventh place, completing the middle school sweep for Central Middle School.

Despite issues with the starting pistol, the boys’ participants took off in hopes of bringing home both individual and team trophies. Erick Ramirez-Ramos was the first competitor to finish at 20:28, bringing individual gold back to Surry Central. It was nearly 30 seconds before Eli Riggs of North Surry would be the second to finish. Elijah Mitchell of South Stokes earned bronze, and East Surry’s Devin Hill just missed out on making the top three.

Four competitors from South Stokes finished in the top 10 to help earn the Sauras a team victory. Host East Surry tied with North Surry for second place, but won the tiebreaker to put them over the Greyhounds.

Only five seconds separated first and second place in the high school girls’ division. Alma Rodriguez pulled out a victory for North Surry with a time of 25:55 to narrowly defeat Surry Central’s Brooklyn Lester. East Surry’s Courtney Brown finished in third at 26:19.

East Surry’s Devin Hill sprints toward the finish line in East Surry’s first ever home cross country club meet.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_a1.jpgEast Surry’s Devin Hill sprints toward the finish line in East Surry’s first ever home cross country club meet.

Jair Gonzalez, the winner of the middle school boys’ race, rounds a trail corner at the Armfield Civic Center.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_a2.jpgJair Gonzalez, the winner of the middle school boys’ race, rounds a trail corner at the Armfield Civic Center.

North Surry girls left to right: Kiley Hill, Alma Rodriguez, Elle Sutphin, Madison Allen, Millie York, and Natalie Slate.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_aHSWinnersgirls.jpgNorth Surry girls left to right: Kiley Hill, Alma Rodriguez, Elle Sutphin, Madison Allen, Millie York, and Natalie Slate.

Surry Central girls left to right, back row: Andrea Gonzalez, Fernanda Camadra, Aylin Soto, Audrey Poindexter, Lillie Thompson. Front Row: Abigail Hernandez, Kayli Grizzell.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_aMiddleSchoolWinners.jpgSurry Central girls left to right, back row: Andrea Gonzalez, Fernanda Camadra, Aylin Soto, Audrey Poindexter, Lillie Thompson. Front Row: Abigail Hernandez, Kayli Grizzell.

Central Middle boys left to right, back row: Kevin Tucker, Spencer LeClair, Jeremiah Hernandez, Cesar Torres, Edgar Reyes. Front row: David Antunez, Edinso Gonzalez, Evan Wall, Landon Pack, Eric Gomez.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_aMSBoys.jpgCentral Middle boys left to right, back row: Kevin Tucker, Spencer LeClair, Jeremiah Hernandez, Cesar Torres, Edgar Reyes. Front row: David Antunez, Edinso Gonzalez, Evan Wall, Landon Pack, Eric Gomez.

South Stokes boys in no particular order: Elijah Mitchell, Landon Parsons, Austin Harger, Noah Bragg, Ricky Gonzales, Shemar Dalton, Brady Dudley, Chris Slate, Daniel Fulk, Wesley Misenheimer, Chance Landreth, Ryan Tilley, and Andrew Cassidy.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_aHSBoys.jpgSouth Stokes boys in no particular order: Elijah Mitchell, Landon Parsons, Austin Harger, Noah Bragg, Ricky Gonzales, Shemar Dalton, Brady Dudley, Chris Slate, Daniel Fulk, Wesley Misenheimer, Chance Landreth, Ryan Tilley, and Andrew Cassidy.

Alma Rodriguez’s impressive time of 25:55 was enough to earn her first place among high school girls and helped North Surry to win the team competition.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_a3.jpgAlma Rodriguez’s impressive time of 25:55 was enough to earn her first place among high school girls and helped North Surry to win the team competition.
Representatives from nine different schools gathered to take part in the meet

By Cory Smith

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