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Gray Stone women qualify for 1A cross-country finals

Gray Stone’s women’s cross-country team secured a spot in the upcoming 1A state championship meet by placing third at Saturday’s Midwest Regional in Kernersville at the Ivey Redmon Sports Complex.

The Knights finished third overall as a team qualifying for the state finals despite having one teammate not available to run due to a COVID exposure. Gray Stone finished with 50 points as a team behind regional champion Pine Lake Prep (37) and the Community School of Davidson (48).

Knights freshman Emberleigh Pauley-Brown won individual honors as regional champion, finishing first with a time of 20:52. Gray Stone freshman Grace Epphimer earned All-Region honors, finishing sixth in 21:43. Kimbal Chapman, a senior, was third on the Knights and 14th overall in 23:08, followed on the team by freshmen Anaston Trexler (16th-23:13) and Addison Carman (34th-24:51).

Top finishers from other Stanly schools at the Midwest Regionals included South Stanly’s Jacy Noble, who finished 17th overall in 23:15, and North Stanly’s Lexi Goode, who placed 25th with a time of 24:15.

The Knights will return to Kernersville this Saturday for the 1A state meet.

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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