Johnston schools dominate SSS Invitational
South Johnston’s Jacob Gonzalez led the way in the SSS Spartans Cross Country Invitational Saturday at Smithfield Community Park. Gonzalez, a sophomore who finished in the top 10 at last year’s 3A state championships, clocked in at 16 minutes, 52 seconds. Clayton’s Alex Roy was second at 17:10.
Cleveland’s Wyatt Dershem and Gable Dershem were third and fourth, respectively, leading the Rams to the team victory with 47 points. Clayton was second (71) and Western Harnett (81) took third. Knightdale was fourth, South Johnston fifth and Nash Central sixth.
Smithfield-Selma’s Caleb Silver finished sixth individually in 18:16.
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Clayton won the girls team title, six points ahead of Knightdale (60-66). Western Harnett took third, Cleveland was fourth and Smithfield-Selma sixth. East Wake Academy finished sixth.
Knightdale’s Aleena Cruz (22:24) and Rebecca Davis (22:41) finished 1-2 individually in the girls race. Smithfield-Selma freshman Gwyn Reese took third. Cleveland runners Jessica Cullins (23:54) and Jasmine Cullins (24:03) rounded out the top five individual finishers.
Clayton’s pack of four runners — Brooklyn Barbour, Nicole Fentem, Sarah Rebbeer and Samantha Nelson — who finished 16-20th made the difference in the team competition. Veronica Villasuso led the Comets with an eighth place finish (24:33) and Katherine Riley was 13th.
Christ wins in Greensboro
West Johnston’s Kyle Christ won the boys developmental individual title at the 31st Annual Greensboro Cross Country Invitational on Saturday. Christ finished in 16:43.88. Teammate Chris Perez was third.
West’s boys were third in the team competition.
Princeton’s Jose Aguillon won the JV division boys championship in 17:53.52. Austin Sullivan was fourth in 18:06.58.
The Bulldogs finished fourth in both the boys and girls team standings.
Altheia Balageo led Princeton’s girls with a 26th place finish.