The Clinton High men’s and women’s cross county teams competed this past weekend in the NCHSAA 2A Mid East Regional at WakeMed. Performances landed them spots in the State Finals, as a team for men and two runners for women.
The men earned the team spot for states by claiming third place during the regionals. They finished with a total of 68 points and had three runners in the top 10 out of 103 runners from 15 different schools.
The three runners were Kade Sutton, Charles Jordan and Jordan Parker, who continue to perform exceptionally for the Horses. Sutton finished first out of the CHS runners, placing fourth with a time of 16:44.39, earning four points for the team. Jordan placed sixth at 17:06.77, earning six points, and Parker finished ninth at 17:19.05, earning his team nine points.
The other runners for the men were Greg Monk, Eric Wynn, Ryan Bass and Robert Smith. Monk claimed 24th at 18:11.84; Wynn placed behind him in 25th at 18:15.59; Bass in 38th at 19:35.01; and Smith rounded out the day in 67th at 21:05.37. They earned 24, 25, 38 and 64 points, respectively, for the Dark Horses.
The women didn’t make it to the State Finals as a team, but they were able to get two runners there as individual competitors. The Lady Horses placed fifth overall with 130 points, though they only had one runner — Elizabeth Coleman — finish in the top 10 out of 80 female runners from 10 different schools.
Coleman has been leading the way for her team all year. She placed third with her time of 19:57.43, earning two points and securing her spot in the State Finals. The other runner to make the finals was Maegan Lamb, finishing in 28th with a time of 22:19.29, earning 25 points.
The remaining runners were Olivia Gillespie, 40th at 24:28.90; Bailey Spell, 41st at 24:52.53; Olivia Williford, 44th at 25:07.64; and Ella Faison, ending the day in 52nd at 25:42.57. They earned 33, 34, 36 and 45 points, respectively.
The Cross Country Championship is in Kernersville this Saturday.
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