The Carolina 1-A track Cross Country conference championship was held at Hobbton High School Thursday. The Wildcat men picked up their fourth straight conference championship and women won their second in three years.
Hobbton’s men and women also picked up the Wells Fargo cross country points with the conference win.
Xavier McLamb won the men’s event with a time of 18 minutes 48. 8 seconds. Tyler Turecky and Carter Lewis of Neuse Charter got second and third. Hobbton’s Victor Aquirre was fourth. David Torres-Molina and Kevin Ibanez picked up sixth and seventh respectively.
The Wildcats finished with 29 points. Princeton was second with 62 points and Neuse Charter was third with 71 points.
Although Hobbton’s top woman finisher, Janet Thompson, was fourth, the Wildcat women took home the meet trophy with a total of 45 points. Gabrielle Williams took tenth, Krystal Martinez, Kameron Stocks and Denise Sada-Romero took spots 12, 13, and 14 respectively.
“I’m proud of our boys and girls teams,” comment Hobbton coach Charles Robertson. “For the boys’ team, I knew I had a lot of talent and was pretty confident that we could win the conference. It was just a matter of executing.”
“For the girls’ team, I didn’t realize the potential we had until midway through the season,” Robertson added. “Krystal Martinez and Gabby Williams have been running well all season. Track star Janet Thompson definitely was a plus throughout the season. I have three freshmen that have continued to get better and better and have been in my top 7 all season and that’s a lot of potential for next season.”
“The team has had a lot of success in the past with Coach Jeffrey Klaves and it being my first year at Hobbton, I wanted to get the athletes to buy into my system, particularly the returnees and they did,” said Robertson.
“Krystal Martinez, Yocelyn Rivera and Ty Meyer have been great leaders. They motivated their teammates and believed in themselves. Hard work has been the theme of this team and each athlete put in a great effort,” concluded Robertson.
Rosewood was second with 54 points and North Duplin rounded out the top 3 with 61 points.
Scoring in cross country is quite different from other sports. The first place finisher is awarded 1 point. Each successive finisher gets points equal to their finish. Therefore, the lowest point total wins.