The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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September 15, 2010

Gray Stone wins at Cannon Invitational; Knights, Bulls get wins

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 — In this past week’s cross-country action, South Stanly traveled to East Montgomery Tuesday, while Albemarle and Gray Stone raced at Chuck Morehead Park, also on  Tuesday.  

The teams from North Stanly and West Stanly had the week off from competition.

Gray Stone would also compete this past Saturday at the Cannon Invitational.

Knights’ Girls Win

Twenty-one cross country teams lined up Saturday morning to battle it out at the Cannon Invitational.  

Two of North Carolina's top 1A girl teams, Gray Stone Day and Lake Norman Charter, were racing against larger schools including Providence, Marvin Ridge and Charlotte Latin.

Charlotte Latin took an early lead by taking second, third and fourth place.   Janna Featherstone and Illa Jones put the Knights on the board when they crossed the finish line in ninth and 10th place, respectively. Featherstone finished in 21:53 with Jones a split second behind her in 21:54. Hunter Latimer, with scrapes on her legs from two falls, finished in 22:54 in 26th place. Caroline McLeod (23:01)  and Amber Watkins (23:03) rounded out the scoring by placing 30th and 31st.

When the top five scores were tallied, it came down to a tie-breaker, with the Knights and Charlotte Latin scoring 98 points each.

Gray Stone earned the championship honors when their sixth runner, Jennie Wagner (23:55) finishing in 58th place, 17 spots ahead of Charlotte Latin's sixth runner.

Coach Rick Perry said, “The girls did great.  I'm very proud of how they raced today.”

The Gray Stone boys placed 20th of 26 teams in their race. Harrison Latimer lead the way with an 18:06 race. He placed 21st.

Knights Earn Sweep

At Chuck Morehead Park, Gray Stone swept the five-team meet with the girls winning with a perfect score of 15 points.  

Hunter Latimer led the way by running the 3.1 mile course in 22:25 with Janna Featherstone finishing 10 seconds later.  

Illa Jones (23:04), Caroline McLeod (23:29), Jennie Wagner (24:27) and Amber Watkins (24:32) rounded out the top six. Bailey Holshouser of Albemarle placed eighth with a time of 27:06.

Team scores were Gray Stone 15, Chatham Central 54, West Montgomery 87 and Albemarle 99.  North Rowan did not have enough runners to score as a team.

Gray Stone's Harrison Latimer and West Montgomery's Christian Bradley raced together for the first half of the race with Latimer pulling away to win in 18:42.

Bradley took second with a 19:56.  Gray Stone won with 48 points followed by West Montgomery's 53 and Chatem Central's 64 points.  North Rowan was fourth with 87 followed by Albemarle’s 117.

TJ Swanston was the top Bulldog with an eighth place finish in 22:10.

Bulls Sweep Eagles

At East Montgomery,  South Stanly swept the meet with Alex Thompson winning the boys race in 16:39 and Erin Thompson taking the girls race in 21:49.  

The South boys scored 23 points and the girls had a team score of 19.

Other team results, individual scores and course length were not available.

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