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Multiple Observer-area teams, athletes win NCHSAA cross-country championships

North Iredell’s Jonna Strange won the NC High School Athletic Association 3A state girls cross-country title Saturday
North Iredell’s Jonna Strange won the NC High School Athletic Association 3A state girls cross-country title Saturday

Waxhaw Cuthbertson’s girls cross-country team and North Iredell’s Jonna Strange won N.C. 3A state championships in Kernersville, N.C., Saturday.

Strange ran a time of 17 minutes, 57.85 seconds to win over Cuthbertson’s Gabriella Castro (18:01.18).

In the team race, Cuthbertson’s girls topped Chapel Hill and Weddington.

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In the 3A boys race, Boone Watauga’s Avery Cannon won the state championship in 15:39, just past Weddington’s Jake Toomey (15:51.98). Chapel Hill won the team title. Weddington was second and Cuthbertson third.

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Lincoln Charter’s boys won the 1A championship, paced by second place finisher Drew Zink (16:30.27). Zink finished just behind state champion Aaron Rovnak of Franklin Academy (16:05.97)

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Myers Park’s Maddon Muhammad, in his first year in the sport, finished third in the boys 4A final, just ahead of Ardrey Kell’s Murphy Smith. Cary Panther Creek’s Ian Harrison won the title. Raleigh Broughton won the team crown.

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Pinecrest’s Carmen Alder won the 4A girls race, ahead of Hough’s Lilly Walters. Wilmington Hoggard won the team title.

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