Johnston County runners led the way in the annual SSS Invitational cross country meet last weekend at Smithfield Community Park. South Johnston senior Jacob Gonzalez led a 1-2-3 for Johnston County runners in the boys division, winning in 16 minutes, 48 seconds. He was followed by Smithfield-Selma’s Caleb Silver (16:55) and Princeton’s Austin Sullivan (17:18). Additionally, Clayton’s Blake Evans took fifth and teammate Ethan Frey was seventh.
Those finishes helped give the Comets the boys team title with 57 points, ahead of the Cary Home Educators (91 points) and Cary Christian School (97). South Johnston was sixth and SSS took eighth.
Clayton was second in the girls division behind Richmond County and South Johnston finished fifth. Fayetteville Cape Fear’s Beth Ketterman won the girls individual (22:01). Clayton sophomore Zoe Vestal was sixth and freshman Amigh Grace took eighth for the Comets.
South’s Alexis Davis and Kathy Mendez were ninth and 10th, respectively.
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Comets extend GNRC streak in romps: Clayton’s girls tennis team is off to a 4-0 start with 9-0 wins over Greater Neuse River 4A Conference rivals Harnett Central and Knightdale on Monday and Tuesday. Clayton has now won 94 consecutive dual conference matches.
Clayton senior Carmelle Joyner is 4-0 at No. 1 singles this season and won both of her matches this week in straight sets. Sydney Rushing, Hannah Riley, Jackie Rolins, Hannah Vellum and Kaylee Estes were also straight set singles winners for Clayton.
West Johnston also had a pair of 9-0 wins this past week, downing Southeast Raleigh on Monday and South Johnston on Tuesday.
Corinth Holders (2-1) stopped Wilson Hunt 6-3 on Monday, winning all three singles matches and Cleveland (2-1) turned back Rocky Mount 6-3 as well Monday.
Pirates, Wildcats still unbeaten; SSS drops Clayton: JUSA Cup champion Corinth Holders stayed unbeaten on the season with a 4-2 boys soccer win over Rolesville on Wednesday. Adam Landeros scored twice in the win for the Pirates (3-0-1), while Matt Benca and Dalton Forrest both had goals.
Senior Dillon Parker assisted on three of those scores.
Smithfield-Selma held off rival Clayton for a 5-4 victory Wednesday night. The Spartans (2-1) had a 4-2 lead at the half.
West Johnston stayed unbeaten as well with a 6-1 win over South Johnston on Tuesday. Luis Molina had a hat trick for the Wildcats (2-0-1) in the win.
Princeton will not field a soccer team: Princeton High School made the tough decision last week to not field a boys soccer team this fall because of a lack of players. The Bulldogs had trouble getting more than nine or 10 players out for preseason practices regularly.