There is little doubt some future state champions crossed the line in each of the N.C. High School Athletic Association cross country Mideast regionals – 4A, 3A and 1A – held at WakeMed Park on Saturday.
There were dominating performances by state powers like the Broughton boys and Green Hope girls in 4A, as well Cardinal Gibbons’ boys and girls teams in 3A. Johnston County runners also advanced in the 4A and 1A ranks. Princeton’s girls were the lone Johnston team to qualify for next week’s championships in Kernersville.
West Johnston standout Kyle Christ advanced in the 4A ranks and Princeton sophomore Austin Sullivan moved on from the 1A race. Christ was fourth in the 4A race, finishing in 15 minutes, 52.2 seconds.
“I had to lead a lot of the race, but my legs feel fine. It’s always great having someone push you along,” Christ said. “I think I’m really ready for the state meet.”
Clayton junior Alex Roy finished 15th in the race, missing out on the final individual state championship bid by about two seconds. He clocked in at 16:20.9.
Southeast Raleigh’s Jason Puttman finished 24th (16:40.7) and West Johnston’s Chris Perez was 30th.
West Johnston was eighth in the boys team standings and Southeast Raleigh took 11th. Clayton finished 18th and Garner was 19th.
Nick Snell led Garner with a 72nd place finish (17:46). Teammate William Knabe was 76th (17:51.7).
Rufus Brown and Seth Byrd of West Johnston were 47th and 48th, respectively. Klein Evans ran 90th for Clayton in 18:13.8.
Southeast Raleigh led the area girls team finishers with a 16th place run. West Johnston was 18th, Clayton 19th and Garner 22nd.
D. Clay Best contributed.