DOBSON — Local runners took one first-, one second- and two third-place finishes in Tuesday’s cross country meet.
Surry Central’s Daniel Alvarez won the boys race with North Surry’s Matthew Mayes in a sprint to grab third.
Mount Airy’s Jo Snow finished second for the girls with North’s Alma Rodriguez in third.
All four of these runners competed in distance events at the state track and field championships back in May.
Tuesday also saw East Surry competing with a cross country team this year. The Cardinals haven’t had a team in recent years.
“That was a good performance for Daniel,” Central coach Jason Bryant said of Alvarez. It was a little bit of a different mental approach this time where Bryant and his runner discussed getting out front early and pushing the pace a little more than usual.
Daniel got out quickly and built a big gap, said Bryant. Then he was able to maintain it for the win.
Finishing in second was Kyle Rhodes, East Wilkes, the third-ranked returning 1A runner based off last year’s cross country championship.
North’s Mayes was in third place coming down the home stretch when a North Iredell runner tried to pass. Mayes had to turn on the burners to stay in front to the finish line.
After the North Iredell runner, fifth place went to Jacob Parker, Elkin, with Central’s Elvis Vega right on his heels in sixth.
In the girls race, Anna-Kathryn Kilby, Forbush, employed a similar strategy to Alvarez, getting out to an early lead and staying in front for the win. Kilby finished 11th in the state in 2A as a freshman last year.
Mount Airy’s Snow was in fourth place through the first of the two laps around Fisher River Park. Then on the second lap she moved ahead of a couple of girls to finish in second place.
That was a strong finish from Jo, said Bryant.
Then came North’s Rodriguez and a runner from North Stokes, said Bryant. Two of his own athletes then finished fifth and sixth.
Bryant said he suggested to Mirian Hernandez that she stick with Lora McDevitt’s pace on the first lap because Lora does a good job of staying on pace.
When the gun first went off, Bryant admitted that he was worried that McDevitt’s pace might have been too slow. As the crowd crossed the open stretch at the start, the two Eagles dropped back to about 50th place.
As it turned out, the other girls got a little excited and took off at a pace they couldn’t maintain, said the coach. Lora and Mirian set a good, consistent pace and stuck with it the entire time.
By the end of the first lap, the two had already jumped into the top 10, then by the finish line, the girls were far ahead of the seventh-place runner.
Full results were not available at press time. For more results, check back in a later edition of The News.