Grace Morken of Carrboro won her third consecutive N.C. High School Athletic Association 2-A individual cross country championship and she led her team to its fourth straight state 2A crown in Kernersville at Beeson Park on Saturday morning.
Cardinal Gibbons topped Chapel Hill to win the boys and girls 3A titles. Gibbons’ Mary Grace Doggett (18:02.82) beat teammate Sophie Ebihara (18:07.36)for the 3A girls individual crown. Gibbons had five of the top 13 finishers to top Chapel Hill 31-74.
Gibbons had five of the top 12 in boys, led by sixth-place Nick Tyrey (16:06.94), to slip past Chapel Hill, 42-47. Chapel Hill’s Chris Reeder (15:56.09) was third.
Morken ran with teammate Maysa Aruba, nipping Aruba by 0.19 second with an18:42.49 finish. Carrboro had four of the top six finishers and topped runner-up Waxhaw Cuthbertson, 30-96.
"I just kind of zoned out and moved as fast as I could. She did the same thing and it just kind of worked out," Morken said. "It feels good, but the glory is to God and not to me."
A third girls’ Jaguars runner, Helen Morken, was fourth, and teammate Alexa Phillips was sixth. It made for an easy fourth straight team title for the Carrboro girls, which totaled 30 points.
"We all motivate and push each other," said Grace Morken. "When you have a group, it’s like a family running with you. And it helps us all to do things we couldn’t do alone."
North Lincoln held off Hillsborough Cedar Ridge for the boys title, 44-50. Carrboro was third at 106.
A.J. Tucker of Cedar Ridge, the 2011 champion, won the individual title again with a 15:53.03.
"It was at the top of the long stretch after the two-mile. I had a little surge and I tried to gap them as far as I could and then cruise to the finish line," Tucker said.
South Granville falls: South Granville rallied from two sets down to challenge North Surry in the NCHSAA 2A volleyball championship before falling 25-19, 26-24, 19-25, 16-25, 19-17.
Granville led in the final set 7-2 before North Surry fought back to win its second state title in the past four years.
“When we were down 2-0, I wasn’t worried at all,” said South Granville coach Jacob Wohlfeil. “Knowing this team, knowing their character and how hard they’ve fought—I honestly thought we were going to win.
“We just came up a little bit short to a very good team.”
South Granville’s Mary Catherine Preddy had 29 kills.
Dual-team tennis: In the 1-A final, Mount Airy rolled past Durham’s Science and Math 5-0, winning all five of the singles matches which were completed in straight sets and only losing six games total in those five.
Mount Airy ended the season at 22-2 overall while NCSSM finished 15-4.
NCHSAA soccer: Green Hope defeated Enloe 3-1 in overtime to set up a Wednesday match in the third round of the boys soccer playoffs. The Falcons, the 2011 state 4A champions, and Enloe were tied 1-1 at the end of regulation.
Sanderson will play at Green Hope.
Heritage topped Holly Springs 2-1 and earned a third-round berth against East Chapel Hill, a 1-0 winner over Apex. Heritage will play at East Chapel Hill.
Garner, the Greater Neuse 4A champion, was eliminated by New Hanover 1-0. Cleveland beat Jacksonville White Oak 2-1 in the 3A playoffs.
J. Mike Blake, Michael Held and Tim Stevens contributed to this story