GREENSBORO Providence Day’s Ben Huffman polished off an excellent fall season Friday by winning the N.C. Independent Schools’ open classification state cross-country championship at Haganstone Park.
Providence Day’s boys and girls won team championships.
Huffman, a senior, finished in 15 minutes, 24.39 seconds to easily outdistance teammate Nick Linder, a junior. Linder finished in 15:34.92. Providence Day junior Jack Paddison was fourth (15:45.08) and Charlotte Latin’s Jack Ratterree was fifth (15:58.34).
Earlier this month, Huffman became the second N.C. runner to win the Great American Cross-Country festival in Cary. In that race, Huffman was the only runner to break 15 minutes. In September, Huffman won the Greensboro Cross-Country Invitational in 15:13.95
Powered by Huffman, Providence Day won the NCISAA boys’ team championship Friday. Cary Academy was second, Forsyth Country Day third, Charlotte Latin fourth, Concord’s Cannon School seventh, Covenant Day eighth and SouthLake Christian 10th.
• In the girls’ race, Durham Academy’s Eliza Dekker won the individual championship with a time of 18:05.61, well ahead of Cary Academy’s Emma Astrike-Davis (18:35.19) and Raleigh Ravenscroft’s Maddy Ringenbach (18:56.66).
Providence Day’s Emma Brown was fifth (19:15.93) and teammate Niki Plaus was sixth (19:44.25) .
Also in the top 10 were No. 7 Cameron Echols of Covenant Day, No. 8 Sophie Lovett of Charlotte Latin and No. 9 Jena Metwalli of Cannon.
The Providence Day girls easily won the team championship, besting second-place Charlotte Latin by more than a minute of combined time. Covenant Day finished sixth.
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