South Charlotte

Providence Day team came out on top in state meet

The south Charlotte area has established itself as one of the top regions in the state in cross country with some of the best teams in the public and private schools every year.

The Providence Day boys' won their second straight NCISAA 3A title in dominating fashion with four runners in the top 13.

The Ardrey Kell boys' were again in the top five at both postseason meets, earning runner-up honors at the regionals and finishing fourth at the 4A state meet.

Boys' runner of the year: Ben Huffman, Providence Day - Ben Huffman is just a sophomore at Providence Day, but already has proven he is one of the best runners in the state.

Huffman won the CISAA conference title by 34 seconds (15:58) and finished fifth at the state meet, while leading his team to a second straight NCISAA 3A state title.

Providence's Wyatt Maxey was also strongly considered for South Charlotte News Boys' Runner of the Year.

Boys' coach of the year: Ben Hovis, Providence Day - Hovis and the Chargers dominated both the CISAA conference and NCISAA state championships.

Providence Day, which won its 12th straight conference title, had seven runners in the top 12 at the CISAA meet, led by Huffman, and also had five in the top 22 at states, led by Payne.