KERNERSVILLE — Three local runners made their way to the Ivey Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville on Saturday to take part in the NCHSAA cross-country state championships.
In the 1A girls competition, Mount Airy’s Jo Snow followed her second-place finish at the Midwest Regional with a 13th-place run in Saturday’s muddy conditions at the state event. Snow completed the race in 21:37.63, less than a minute behind medalist Blakely Moore of Highlands High School.
Gray Stone Day defeated Bishop McGuinness in the team competition by 16 points, ending a three-year run of titles for the Villains.
Surry Central’s Daniel Alvarez-Orlachia and North Surry’s Matthew Mayes took part in the 2A boys meet on Saturday. Alvarez-Orlachia came in 38th place at 18:10.48, while Mayes was just eight spots behind with a time of 18:20.88.
Forbush’s Dakota Mendenhall was the fastest runner from the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference. Mendenhall used a time of 16:49.13 to come in fourth-place. Frank Kenny (16:37.41) from the North Carolina School of Science and Math medaled in the boys 2A, and his team took home the title as well.
East Wilkes’ Kyle Rhodes finished off a magical season with a first-place finish in the 1A boys race at 17:06.67, and the Walkertown Wolfpack took home the team state championship in 1A.
Kaitlyn Stone (19:33.49) from West Stokes was the second-fastest girl in the 2A competition. She finished finished 13 seconds behind first-place Amanda Hickey from Carrboro, but the Brevard Blue Devils edged Carrboro for the 2A girls team championship.
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