Only the names atop the leader board were different this week as Carrboro repeated as the boys and girls champions of Mid-State 2A Conference cross country.
Both Carrboro teams totaled just 18 points – just three away from a perfect score.
Senior Cole Honeycutt, who didn’t run in last year’s conference meet, won the boys’ 5K competition at Cummings High School with a time of 17:40. Jaguar junior teammate Amado Ruis-Perez was second in 18:47, as Carrboro took seven of the top 10 spots.
Cummings saw two freshmen brothers finish in the top 10 – Bryan Aviles Cruz in third and Alex Aviles Cruz in 10th, helping the Cavaliers get 55 points. Jordan-Matthews, paced by Alfredo Valdez in 13th place, scored 65 points for third in the team standings.
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Sophomores Carina Taylor (21:59) and Elise Deshusses (22:44) and ninth-grader Lia Miller (22:46) finished 1-2-3 in Carrboro’s dominating win in the girls championship race. Carrboro ninth-grader Cora Van Raay earned fifth place and sophomore teammate Sydney Buck was the Jaguars’ fifth scorer.
In all, Carrboro’s girls earned 13 of the top 15 spots, and 16 of the top 20. In other words, Carrboro could have won even if it had entered only its five slowest times.
Last year, led by medalist Enrique Guerra, Carrboro took the top five spots for a perfect 15 points in the boys’ race. Amanda Hickey won the girls’ race last year as Carrboro won with 17 points.
This year, Carrboro still dominated the boys race by finishing in 10 of the top 15 places. Carrboro’s Christopher Knotek, Owen Welch, Jack Clemens, Emil Usinger, Daniel Caruso, Zakari Crites Videman, Roman Perone and Noah Emch all joined Honeycutt and Ruis-Perez in the top 15.
In the girls meet, Carrboro’s Sydney Buck, Elizabeth Tanner, Louise Lounes, Chelsea Ramsey, Cieza Sophia Castillo. Kaitlin Caraher, Haley Van Raay and Olivia Winkler finished in places 7-15.