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Gray Stone women’s cross-country cruises to YVC crown

The Gray Stone women’s cross-country team, led by a freshman, earned the 2020 Yadkin Valley Conference crown at the recent meet at South Davidson.

Knights freshman Emberleigh Pauley-Brown beat her own teammate, senior Jenna Freeman, by 11 seconds to win the individual crown, finishing with a 21:01. Grace Eppenheimer, also a freshman, was third for the Knights and fourth overall in 22:52 while senior Kimbal Chapman was fourth for Gray Stone and fifth overall in 24:11. Gray Stone finished with a perfect team score of 15.

Anaston Trexler, yet another freshman, claimed All-Conference honors finishing eighth overall in an even 25 minutes. Freshman Anna Lynn Carter also earned All-Conference finishing 10th in 25:09.

South Stanly was the only other team to have five runners finish, giving the Bulls second place overall with a team score of 47. Junior Keeli Crisco was the top finisher for the Bulls in 11th with a 25:18, followed on her team by sophomore Jocelyn Vazquez (12th-25:19), freshman Kayden Huneycutt (13th-25:29), senior Kaylee Helms (21st-28:12) and freshman Mary Hinson (25th-28:54).

North Stanly had two finishers in the top 10, junior Lexi Goode (sixth-24:36) and senior Milena Hernandez (seventh-24:52), but did not have five finishers to qualify for the team results. Andy Billingsley finished 16th overall for North with a 26:10 while Gia Dunlap was 20th in an even 28 minutes.

The 1A Midwest Regional is scheduled for Jan. 16, with the state finals coming a week later at Redmon Park in Kernersville.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio was the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press from 1999-2001 and has currently served in the same capacity since 2008. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also been honored twice by the North Carolina Press Association.

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