The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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November 2, 2012

Knights qualify for 1A finals; Colt runner to run in 2A race

Friday, November 2, 2012 — The North Carolina High School Athletic Association cross-country playoffs continued this past weekend with the regional competitions.

A number of Stanly County teams and individual runners participated in the races held in Kernersville, with both of the Gray Stone teams finishing high enough to qualify as a team for the state finals this weekend, also in Kernersville.

The top four teams from each regional automatically qualify for the state finals.

1A Girls’ Regionals

Gray Stone junior Caroline McLeod qualified for the 1A Midwest All-Region with her strong finish that helped the Knights finish second as team, qualifying for the state finals.

McLeod came across the line in 20:34, good enough for eighth place overall. She was followed by Sarah Goodnight (17th, 21:20), Rebecca Brickner (18th, 21:22), Kelsey Kiser (25th, 21:57) and Madison Hale (29th, 22:39).

The Knights finished second in the team scoring with 82 points behind Bishop McGuinness. The Villains had four runners in the top 10 and finished with a score of 37.

Also qualifying for the state finals as a team was the Community School of Davidson (94) and East Wilkes (162).

South Stanly placed sixth overall as a team at the 1A girls’ meet, with freshman Ashelyn Murphy the top finisher for the Rebel Bulls (20th, 21:26). Tori Thompson finished second for South (40th, 23:25), followed by Mackenzie Lee (48th, 23:54), Taylor Hunter (54th, 24:16) and Chelsey Culp (66th, 25:18).

Bailey Houlshouser represented Albemarle running as an individual and place 36th overall, finishing with a time of 23:12.

1A Boys’ Regionals

The Gray Stone boys came in fourth place in the 1A Midwest Regional, qualifying for the state meet by being eight points better than Central Academy with scores of 144 to 152, respectively. Bishop McGuinness won the regional over East Wilkes.

Quinton Parsons was the top finisher for Gray Stone as the senior crossed the line in 17:55, good for 19th place. Josh Rolan was next for the Knights (29th place, 18:31) followed by Jake Long (31st, 18:35), Reid Huckabee (32nd, 18:39) and Patrick Parsons (41st, 18:58).

South Stanly finished 14th as a team, with junior Josh Lewellen the top finisher for the Rebel Bulls (49th, 19:27). Dallas Starnes was second for South (82nd, 20:38), followed by Jeff Helms (96th, 21:13), Alec Furr (84th, 20:43), Wesley Smith (97th, 21:20) and Patrick Cruz (99th, 21:37).

Albemarle finished 20th overall as a team, with freshman Jack Williams leading the Bulldogs (105th, 21:58). He was followed on his team by Tyler Moose (124th, 23:28), William Ivey (127th, 23:45), Joey Williams (130th, 24:22) and Hunter Broadway (131st, 24:31).

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