Darby Middlebrook, Watauga, Sr.: Won three major meets (WNC Carnival, United Way, Northwestern 3A/4A) and was runner-up in two more (Adidas Challenge, Wendy’s) before breaking her leg while leading the N.C. 4A West Regional. Only area runner to break 18 minutes (17:54).
Sydney Foreman, Ardrey Kell, Jr.: N.C. 4A all-state (eighth), N.C. 4A West Regional runner-up, and Southwestern 4A champ had 5K best of 18:06.6.
Bianca Bishop, Providence, Jr.: N.C. 4A all-state (fourth), N.C. 4A All-West Regional (third), and Southwestern 4A runner-up had 5K best of 18:06.1.
Natalie Andrejchak, Concord Robinson, So.: N.C. 3A all-state (third), and won the N.C. 3A Midwest Regional, South Piedmont 3A and Wendy’s 3A races. Had 5K best of 18:26.8.
Sonia Payerpaj, Myers Park, Sr.: N.C. 4A All-West Regional (10th), and All-Southwestern 4A (third). Won Winthrop Invitational and Ashbrook Luminary Run and was runner-up at Runnin’ with the Wolves Rocktoberfest in Virginia. Had 5K best of 18:29.
Grace Sullivan, Providence, So.: N.C. 4A All-West Regional (eighth) and was runner-up at Rock Hill Northwestern’s Trojan Invitational. Also had top-10 finishes at adidas Seahawk Invitational (eighth), Wendy’s (fifth) and NC Runners Elite Carnival (eighth). Had 5K best of 18:32.5.
Malia Ellington, Community School of Davidson, So.: Won N.C. 1A Midwest Regional and Cannon School Invitational. Had 5K best of 18:31.
Kayla Glova, Providence, Fr.; Madison Harman, Watauga, Sr.; Mallary Price, Weddington, Sr.; Madison Simmons, Cuthbertson, Sr.; Sydney Teague, Ardrey Kell, Sr.; Sophia Bhalla, Lincoln Charter, So.; Melanie Hussey, Marvin Ridge, Fr.; Emma Brown, Providence Day, So.
Allie Castro, North Lincoln, Jr.; Doria Kosmala, Watauga, Sr.; Morgan Garrett, Weddington, So.; Sabrina Heck, Lake Norman, Sr.; Margot Corcoran, Charlotte Catholic, Jr.; Aleisha Murrell, Ardrey Kell, Sr.; Anna McElrath, Independence, Jr.; Mary Prouty, Myers Park, So.
All-Observer Runner of the Year: Darby Middlebrook, Watauga
All-Observer Coach of the Year: Kurt Niedenzu, Providence
All-Mecklenburg Runner of the Year: Sydney Foreman, Ardrey Kell
All-Mecklenburg Coach of the Year: Kurt Niedenzu, Providence
All-Piedmont Runner of the Year: Darby Middlebrook, Watauga
All-Piedmont Coaches of the Year: Margie Kiss, Cuthbertson and Logan Spake, Lincoln Charter
Ben Huffman, Providence Day, Jr.: NCISAA 3A, CISAA and United Way Invitational champ had area’s best 5K of 15:21.2.
Wyatt Maxey, Providence, Jr.: N.C. 4A all-state (fifth), N.C. 4A West Regional and Southwestern 4A champ had 5K best of 15:30.
Patrick Sheehan, Lake Norman, Jr.: N.C. 4A all-state (sixth), N.C. 4A West Regional runner-up, and I-Meck 4A and Iredell County champ had 5K best of 15:36.
Clifford Buck, Concord Robinson, Sr.: N.C. 3A all-state (fourth), N.C. 3A West Regional and South Piedmont 3A champ had 5K best of 16:02.1.
Nick Linder, Providence Day, So.: NCISAA 3A all-state (fourth), CISAA runner-up had 5K best of 16:02.7.
Tanner Glackin, Weddington, Sr.: N.C. 3A all-state (eighth), N.C. 3A All-Midwest Regional (fourth). Won Union County and Southern Carolina 3A titles and had 5K best of 16:10.7.
Matt Burns, Weddington, Sr.: Runner-up at Southern Carolina 3A and N.C. Elite Carnival, and had 5K best of 16:05.
Andrew Fea, North Lincoln, Jr.: N.C. 2A runner-up, N.C. 2A West Regional champ, Southern Piedmont 1A/2A runner-up had 5K best of 16:09.9.
Broderick Bauguess, Fred T. Foard, So.; Josh Anderson, Watauga, Sr.; Tim Coffey, Mooresville, So.; Dylan Mathewson, South Caldwell, Jr.; Mason Lenox, Rock Hill Northwestern, Jr.; Christian Ruppe, Fort Mill, Sr.; Lucas Stalnaker, Fort Mill, Sr.
Fisher Ramsey, East Mecklenburg, So.; Alex Craig, South Caldwell, Sr.; Evan Georges, Charlotte Catholic, Jr.; McCann Sheridan, Concord Robinson, Jr.; Jack Paddison, Providence Day, So.; Peter Hetzel, Matthews Grace Academy, Jr.; Chris Boyle, North Lincoln, Sr.; Joe Sullivan, Providence, Sr.; Corbin Boyles, Maiden, So.
All-Observer Runner of the Year: Ben Huffman, Providence Day
All-Observer Coaches of the Year: Ben Hovis, Providence Day, Matthew Reep, North Lincoln
All-Mecklenburg Runner of the Year: Ben Huffman, Providence Day
All-Mecklenburg Coach of the Year: Ben Hovis, Providence Day
All-Piedmont Runner of the Year: Patrick Sheehan, Lake Norman
All-Piedmont Coach of the Year: Matthew Reep, North Lincoln
This week, the Observer is naming its annual all-star teams from fall sports. Coming up: soccer (Saturday), all-region football (Sunday), all-Mecklenburg football (Monday) and all-Observer football and the top 50 recruits (Christmas). The all-Observer tennis team ran in Thursday’s edition and are available at charlotteobserver.com/preps
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