Ardrey Kell’s girls won the N.C. 4A Western Regional golf title in Taylorsville on Monday.
The Knights shot a team total of 248 to beat Alexander Central (256) and Pfafftown Regan (267). The top three players on those teams and the top 17 individuals not already qualified will play in next week’s state championships.
Ardrey Kell’s Moon Cheong shot a 77 to lead the the Knights, followed by Megan Cullip (83) and Sarah Zimmerle (88). Teammate Alexis Whitney shot a 90 and qualified as an individual. Ardrey Kell won the 2010 and 2012 NC4A titles.
Alexander Central’s Kelsie Rhyne shot 79, followed by Abbey Hartsell (83) and Taylor Cozart (94).
Other Observer-area individual qualifiers: Samantha Vodry, Lake Norman, 78; Savanna Wood, Watauga, 80; Kathryn Carson, Lake Norman, 83; Renee Janis, Hough, 85; Patricia Thompson, South Caldwell, 89; Tessa Young, Hough, 92; Olivia Lynch, Myers Park, 92; Sarah Godel, Providence, 92; Emily Davis, Concord Robinson, 93; Lauren Tinkey, Myers Park, 94; Ida Holmgaard, Mooresville, 94; Corrina Kissam, Mooresville, 94; Reina Pozo, Hopewell, 94
East Meck’s Fisher Ramsey won the Southwestern 4A boys’ cross-country championship last week, running a time of 17minutes, 31.64seconds. He finished ahead of Myers Parks’ Tucker Smith (17:43.87) and Joe Harbacevich (17:47.65).
Myers Park won the team title. East Mecklenburg was second and Butler was third.
• Mary Frouty of Myers Park won the girls’ title in a time of 19:34.10. Teammate Kate Eiselt was second (20:20.93) and Independence’s Anna McElrath (20:33.95) third.
Myers Park won the team title. Independence was second and East Meck third.
• Providence Day senior Ben Huffman won the Great American Cross Country Festival’s Race of Champions on Oct.5 at the WakeMed Soccer Complex in Cary. He is just the second N.C. runner to win the race, according to coach Ben Hovis.
Huffman was the only runner to break 15 minutes, finishing in 14:59.4. His time also is the state’s best on the WakeMed course.
On Sept.28, Huffman ran the state’s top time on the Hagan Stone Park course, winning the Greensboro Cross Country Invitational in a time of 15:13.95. Corey Inscoe
• Mooresville’s Tim Coffey turned in a personal-best time in winning the boys’ championship division title at the United Way Invitational cross country meet Oct.13 in Newton.
Coffey, a junior, ran the 5K course at Southside Park in 15:46.17, beating his former personal best (also set at Southside Park last year) by 5.8 seconds.
Coffey finished 10.15 seconds ahead of runner-up Alex Cornwell of Hickory Ridge, with Northwest Cabarrus’ Gil Gilreath coming in third.
It was the third individual meet win this season for Coffey, who also won at the Providence Invitational on Aug.24, and the Pioneer Clash of the Classes in Boone on Aug.17. Bill Kiser
Union County athletics director Doug Jones has received the Region 6 N.C. High School Athletic Association’s Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Award.
Jones is a graduate of Monroe High and Wingate University. He coached at the high school and collegiate levels, helping with the Wingate women’s basketball team, according to an NCHSAA release.
The Charlie Adams Distinguished Service award honors someone with at least 10 years of experience in education and athletics who goes “above and beyond the call of duty,” according to the release. Corey Inscoe
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