After qualifying in the regional meet, both the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams competed in Kernersville, NC Nov. 3 in the NCHSAA 4A state championship meet.
The boys’ team finished 17th out of 18 teams, while the girls finished 11th out of 16 teams.
Below are the individual places and times for the Cougar participants:
Place Name Result
100 Zac Miles 17:38.36
104 Benjamin Hayes 17:43.49
125 MJ Ellis 18:06.80
133 Brandon Lamberti 18:17.50
136 Cooper Vanness 18:32.93
140 Nolan Fortin 18:43.48
146 Jack tiffany 18:53.00
Place Name Result
27 Isabella Frey 19:51.09
41 Erin Spreen 20:06.86
63 Leah Given 20:37.01
98 Reghan Flores 21:26.42
117 Olivia Fischlein 21:50.14
122 Taylor Bell 21:57.10
Cross Country has once again struck success to become conference champions.
The top girl runner for the Cougars is senior Erin Spreen.
Spreen can also boast being the conference champion.
“I felt good, and I felt like all the hard work from the season payed off,” Spreen said.
Spreen’s 19:32 was six seconds ahead of Corinth Holders runner Isabelle Grimm.
Fellow Cougar freshman Isabella Frey took third (19:44).
Cross Country Coach Patrick Marshall attributes the work put in during june to the success brought to the team now.
“When the football team starts practicing, we’re out running. Early June, right after graduation, we’re hitting the trails, already logging miles,” Marshall said. “Everything builds off of that. You can’t just show up in August and be a star cross country runner. You have to build up miles to be successful.”
The boys’ team score of 31 was 28 points better than second place Rolesville.
Senior Benjamin Hayes led the Cougars in third place with a 17:42.
Hot on his heels were teammates senior Zac Miles (17:44.63) and sophomore Lucas Rorick (17:44.95).Next year, similar results are expected from Marshall.
“I think it’s gonna take a lot of hard work but we can be just as good or better. We’re losing a couple of really good runners, but we got a lot of young kids with a good amount of talent. A lot of young kids have already contributed.”
The WFHS Girls Cross Country Team are the 2018 NCHSAA 4A East Regional Champions!
The Boys team placed 4th in their race!
Both teams will move on to next Saturday's NCHSAA 4A State Championship meet in Kernersville, NC.