KERNERSVILLE — Mount Airy’s Hanne Cook and Jo Snow are no strangers to excellence in a pair of running shoes.
The two Lady Bears weren’t going to lead their team to a conference cross-country championship at Beeson Park in Kernersville, but they did turn in impressive performances nonetheless.
The Northwest 1A Conference championship in cross-country was held over a 5,000-meter course on a Thursday in which host Bishop McGuinness, Walkertown, and North Stokes all harbored aspirations of winning either the boys’ or girls’ half of the meet, if not both. Mount Airy didn’t have enough runners to qualify as a team in either portion of the meet, but both Cook and Snow, who made up half of the Lady Bears’ state championship winning 3200-meter relay team back in May, were expected to contend in the girls’ meet.
And that they did.
Cooke, a sophomore, beat two Bishop runners to the tape and placed second overall in the girls’ portion of the meet, posting a time of 22:11.25. She beat the Villains’ Taylor Tremblay by 2.5 seconds and Jeanette Pfeiffer by 10.5. Abigail Hemric of North Stokes won the championship in a time of 21:10.78.
Snow, a junior who is also a standout in basketball as well as track and field and cross-country, came in sixth in a time of 23:18.05.
East Surry was represented by one runner in the girls’ meet, and she did well also. Senior Ashlyn Nagel grabbed the final spot in the top 10 with a time of 24:26.28.
Bishop won the girls’ title with a total of 29 points. North Stokes edged out Walkertown for second, 44-47. Winston-Salem Prep, at 105, was the only other team with enough runners to qualify for the team score.
Walkertown spoiled the Villains’ parade in the boys’ half of the meet, taking first place with a total of 34 points. The hosts did edge out North Stokes for second 49-53. Atkins was fourth and East Surry also qualified as a team, coming in fifth.
The highest placed finisher from a local school was the Cardinals’ Mark Calderon, who came in 15th in a time of 19:32.05. The championship was won by Walkertown’s James Warren, who crossed the line in 17:34.71. North Stokes’ Dawson Durham and Jacob McGee finished second and third, respectively.
Other East Surry runners who took part in the event were Brad Snow, Tucker Mackie, Jakwon Thompson, Luke Mabe, Jackson Allen, Doug Moore, Cade Williams, Erik Barron, Michael Bonilla, Nathan Nichols, and Robert Hawks. Isaac Phipps and Tripp Gilley represented the Granite Bears.
The results of the meet determined the All-Conference team for 2016, meaning that Cooke, Snow and Nagel all earned all-Northwest 1A honors for the 2016 season. Hemric and Warren were similarly tabbed as Runner of the Year in their respective categories.
Bobby Smith of Walkertown was named as the boys’ Coach of the Year, with North Stokes’ Marty Lenons receiving the honor for the girls.
Surry Central High School is the host for both the 1A and 2A Midwest Regional in cross-country this season, although the meet itself will be held at the Ivey Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville, with the 1A girls at 9:30 a.m. and the boys at 11. These events will take place on Saturday, Oct. 29, with the state championships being held at the same venue on Nov. 5.