Michael Pardue, an AP statistics teacher at Wilson Fike High, has developed a statewide high school computer ranking (ncrpi.com) based on wins and strength of schedule.
In his system, New Bern was the top 4A team in the state before last week’s games, followed by Wake Forest, Richmond, Charlotte Mallard Creek and West Forsyth. East Wake, which was 5-2 with losses to Wake Forest and Garner, was a surprise pick at No.7. Middle Creek was No. 9 and Garner No. 10.
Southern Durham led 3A and Orange was No. 4. Lee County, before its loss to Corinth Holders on Friday, was No. 11.
East Wake Academy (12-11 final record) won the first game of the match 25-21, but Whiteville (14-6 after the win) stormed back to win the next three by scores of 27-25, 25-16, 25-18 to advance to the second round.
The honor is given to a male and female runner selected by a committee of coaches for embodying the sport of cross country through hard work, dedication and overcoming personal challenges.
The East Wake Academy boys team placed seventh and the girls team placed sixth in the NCAC cross country championship meet on Oct. 17.
Franklin Academy’s girls and Research Triangle’s boys won the meet.