It was a cold and wet day at Kernersville’s Ivey M. Redmon Sports Complex for the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s state cross-country championships. But the weather didn’t seem to bother Malia Ellington and her Community School of Davidson teammates, who swept the 1A girls’ team and individual titles on Nov. 1.
Community School of Davidson won its first NCHSAA state title in any sport, putting three runners in the top 20 to beat two-time defending state champ Bishop McGuinness by 16 points (68-84). Pine Lake Preparatory finished fourth, with 110 points.
A big part of the win was Ellington, who won her second straight NCHSAA 1A state title in easy fashion. Despite the conditions, she completed the 5-kilometer course in 19 minutes, 9.61 seconds, more than 22 seconds ahead of Robbinsville’s Shawnda Martin.
Other finishers for Community School of Davidson were Kaylee Cortese (13th, 21:23.91), Hunter Cashion (20th, 21:36.26), Marissa Lundsten (27th, 21:47.71), Vanessa Lundsten (29th, 21:49.87), Emily Russell (47th, 22:32.73) and Katie Smith (61st, 23:25.54).
Pine Lake Prep’s Sara Burkinshaw finished third overall in 20:29.16, nearly 80 seconds behind Ellington. Other finishers for Pine Lake Prep were Lauren Rattenbury (12th, 21:15.69), Kelly Milliken (26th, 21:45.30), Maddie White (48th, 22:36.30), Kelley Petroski (57th, 23:16.34), Abbey Packard (67th, 23:43.47) and Sarah Halbedl (84th, 25:04.19).
Other area runners and teams at the NCHSAA state championships were:
• Community School of Davidson’s boys’ team finished fourth in the 1A state meet, 30 points behind Misenheimer’s Grey Stone Day (90-120).
Lincoln Charter came in ninth (235 points) and Pine Lake Prep was 11th (247) in the team standings, won by Bishop McGuinness for the third straight year.
Community School of Davidson junior Frank Bragg was the top finisher from Lake Norman-area teams, coming in 14th overall at 17:43.47. Other Community School of Davidson runners were Elliott Anderson (28th, 18:13.71), William Gosnell (39th, 18:28.22), Zack McAfee (46th, 18:36.15), Ian Wessner (50th, 18:43.04), Colby Godwin (68th, 19:14.30) and Owen Cosgrove (83rd, 19:39.41).
Daniel Fricker posted Lincoln Charter’s best finish, coming in 43rd in 18:33.01. Other Lincoln Charter finishers were Kenny Schild (54th, 18:46.04), Luke Dodge (61st, 18:59.90), Andy Jones (75th, 19:28.79), Matthew Barbagli (85th, 19:42.83), Coll McCranie (86th, 19:44.44) and Joe Burch (105th, 20:41.40).
Andrew Guazzerotti was Pine Lake Prep’s top runner, coming in 30th in 18:16.38. Other Pine Lake Prep runners were Jeffery Sisson (44th, 18:33.96), Conrad Phillips (70th, 19:23.35), Blake Sisson (89th, 19:50.04), Parker Bain (92nd, 19:59.53), Justin Newman (102nd, 20:33.31) and Justin Babich (106th, 20:41.64).
• Two area girls’ teams posted top-four finishes in the 2A state meet. East Lincoln finished second by one point over Smoky Mountain (122-123), while Lake Norman Charter was fourth with 130 points. Carrboro won the team title for the fifth time in six years.
Lake Norman Charter freshman Mariah Howlett was the top area finisher, coming in sixth at 19:42.35. Other Lake Norman Charter finishers were Izzy Evely (13th, 20:45.84), Raven Seldon (31st, 21:38.59), Vicki Kohlwey (55th, 22:20.89), Hannah Phykitt (65th, 22:41.36), Sophia Brinson (78th, 23:12.78) and Libby Ernest (91st, 23:52.93).
Sophomore Frances Massey led East Lincoln’s runners with an eighth-place finish in 20:07.40. Other East Lincoln finishers were Magdalyn Foley (23rd, 21:12.24), Megan Rowles (27th, 21:24.47), Shelbee Knopf (40th, 21:52.38), Madison Rowles (50th, 22:12.23), Elizabeth Sisk (76th, 22:59.22) and Caitlin Mason (99th, 24:33.11).
• Lake Norman Charter’s boys’ finished sixth in the team standings at the 2A state meet with 186 points, one point behind Carrboro. N.C. School of Science and Mathmatics won the team title.
Sean Powers led Lake Norman Charter’s runners with a 14th-place finish in 17:28.62. Other Lake Norman Charter runners were Jordan Howlett (40th, 18:16.54), Alex Manwill (47th, 18:27.92), Ben Shields (67th, 18:55.06), Andrew Swift (78th, 19:07.66), Reid Somloi (89th, 19:24.18) and Chase Starr (93rd, 19:27.96).
• North Lincoln’s girls finished seventh in the 3A state meet team standings, just four points behind sixth-place Weddington (214-218). Raleigh’s Cardinal Gibbons won the team title.
Madeline Sides was North Lincoln’s top finisher, coming in 47th in 21:03.70. Other North Lincoln finishers were Jordyn Connell (48th, 21:05.69), Chandler McCaslin (54th, 21:16.01), Blake Anderson (64th, 21:36.46), Katie Sherwood (66th, 21:43.94), Madison Lynch (83rd, 22:08.51) and Torri Scott (104th, 22:44.83).
South Iredell’s Giavanna Sirianni, competing as an individual, finished 55th in 21:16.35.
• North Lincoln’s boys also finished seventh in the team standings at the 3A state meet, won by Cardinal Gibbons. The Knights finished 13 points behind China Grove Carson (193-206).
Austin Hilburn posted North Lincoln’s best finish, coming in 29th in 16:48.17. Other North Lincoln runners were Zach Wesson (44th, 17:14.63), Adam Lineberger (56th, 17:27.10), Riley Jones (69th, 17:38.20), Cole Ferraro (80th, 17:48.27), Tanner Doss (88th, 18:00.64), and Lucus Depasquale (97th, 18:12.02).
• Lake Norman’s boys finished 11th in the team standings in the 4A state meet, tying with South Mecklenburg with 265 points. The Wildcats took the tiebreaker, based on best individual finish.
Jack Mastandrea led Lake Norman with a 29th-place finish in 16:49.13. Other Lake Norman runners were Wes Anderson (61st, 17:15.84), Ty Sauerbrey (70th, 17:23.27), Wyatt Fedorka (82nd, 17:32.77), Jacob Ennis (88th, 17:38.80), Zach Clark (90th, 17:39.80) and Doug Howard (108th, 17:58.17).
Mooresville’s Tim Coffey, competing as an individual, finished 16th in 16:33.37.
• Lake Norman had two runners competing as individuals finish in the top 20 in the 4A girls’ state meet: sophomore Holly Bailey, who was 16th in 19:00.69, and sophomore Melissa Zammitti, 20th in 19:13.32.
Hough junior Paige McKinney, also competing as an individual, finished 32nd in 19:42.65.