Carrboro High School’s successful run in the state cross-country championships continued last weekend with another win by Maysa Araba and another team title for the Jaguars.
Araba won the N.C. High School Athletics Association’s 2A girls individual crown Saturday morning for the second straight year, marking the fifth straight year a Carrboro female has won top honors in the 5K event.
Carrboro, which finished second last year, won the team title for the fifth time in the last six years. The Jaguars totaled 59 points to 122 for runner-up East Lincoln, the 2013 champion that had snapped a string of Carrboro titles. Sylva Smoky Mountain was third with 123.
Araba’s winning time of 18:54.13 on the cold, soggy course at Ivey Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville was well off her 2013 winning time (18:03.66), which was run under almost ideal conditions at nearby Beeson Park. But it was still more than 28 seconds ahead of Carrboro teammate Helen Morken (19:22.29), the meet’s runner-up.
Morken likewise had run faster (18:45.89) at last year’s NCHSAA championships, where she finished sixth.
Junior Amanda Hickey (19:33.33) gave Carrboro a third top-10 score with her fifth-place finish, while Natalie Richardson (20:40.14) was 12th. Hanna Peterman (22:24.79) completed Carrboro’s scoring in 59th place.
Carrboro’s Amelia Covington (22:51.06) and Josie Dangler (22:51.51) finished 69th and 70th, respectively.
Carrboro finished fifth in the boys meet, with 185 points, behind champion N.C. Science & Math (63), Monroe’s Central Academy (79), Durham School of the Arts (109) and Franklin (133).
Junior Enrique Guerra (18:01.67) was Carrboro’s top finisher in the boys meet, with 33rd place.
In the 3A classification, Drew Roeber (16:14.85) paced Chapel Hill to third in the team standings with his sixth-place finish. Jeffrey Williams (16:36), Daniel Kleissler (16:46), Max Blackburn (16:49) and Jonathan Timothy (17:04) all finished in the top 40 for CHHS.
Cardinal Gibbons swept the 3A championships. Chapel Hill finished second and Orange 13th in the girls meet. Cedar Ridge was ninth in the boys meet.
All seven Chapel Hill female entrants finished in the top 40, and five finished in the top 25, just 22 seconds apart – ninth-grader Katherine Dokhoylan (19:40), sophomore Clare McNamara (19:41), junior Marija Crook (19:42), senior Elise Matera (19:56) and ninth-grader Madi Marvin (20:03).
“I am so proud of my Tigers,” said Chapel Hill coach Joan Nesbit Mabe. “The boys and girls battled through blood, sweat, toil – and Gibbons – to bring home some coveted hardware.”
In the 4A, juniors Connor McDonald (16:36) and James Gildard (16:38) both finished in the top 20 to help East Chapel Hill earn sixth place in the boys meet. The East Chapel Hill girls finished 15th in their meet.
East was the only PAC-6 school to qualify a team for either the 4A boys or girls meets.