The Clinton Dark Horses cross country team competed Saturday at the 2A NCHSAA State Championships, with the men’s team finishing eighth in the state and Elizabeth Coleman — one of two female runners for Clinton — placing in the top 20.
Lady Horses team members Coleman and Maegan Lamb represented Clinton as individual runners. There were only 20 schools represented in the women’s competition, with a total of 169 athletes.
The Horses didn’t garner any points, because they were not there as a team, but still placed. Coleman finished in the top 20 of all the runners, taking 19th with her final time of 20:09.14. Teammate Lamb finished 86th, with a time of 21:52.61.
On the men’s side, there were 23 schools from all over competing with an total of 185 runners trying to claim the title for their respective schools. Kade Sutton, Charles Jordan, Jarod Parker, Greg Monk and Eric Wynn ran for the Horses.
Though they ran hard, they came up short of victory this year, placing eighth with a total of 231 points.
Sutton was the first to cross the finish line, finishing 30th with his time of 17:10.96, earning his team 23 points. Jordan was next up, finishing in 33rd with a time of 17:12.46, while earning 26 points for his team. Parker crossed the end line in 38th with his time of 17:16.27, gaining 28 points for the Horses.
Monk and Wynn finished in 89th and 96th, respectively, to round out the performance for the Clinton men. Monk’s final time was 18:13.47 and Wynn’s finishing time was 18:28.13. They earned 74 points and 80 points, respectively. The team’s overall time average on the day was 17:40.
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