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Cheerleading teams finish in state invitational

Riverside scored 87.65 points Saturday to place fourth in the small varsity division of the 12th annual N.C. High School Athletic Association state invitational cheerleading championships at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Northern, with 95.95 points, was 13th in the super large division, while the N.C. School of science and math (79.90 points) finished 17th in the medium varsity class.

Thomasville Ledford (127.2) captured the Carolina Cup, awarded by Cheer Ltd. to the varsity cheerleading team that earns the highest cumulative score in the whole competition, regardless of the division in which it competes.

Irons, Dekker lead DA trail race

Costen Irons, 35, was the first runner across the line Saturday at the Durham Academy Turkey Trot trail race, coming in with a time of 16:39.5. DA senior Eliza Dekker clocked in at 19:28.1 on her home course as the top female finisher.

Conrad Hall, 43, was the top Masters male in 18:44.8, and Caren Mangarelli, 44, was the Masters female winner in 19:40.0.

In what's perhaps a sign of things to come for DA's Upper School cross-country team, 14-year-old DA middle schooler Anneke Dekker won the Under-29 Females Division in 22:30.9.

Other winners included:

29 and under male – Ray Lin (18:12.30);

30-39 female – Emily Casto (21:43.00);

30-39 male – Trent Casto (18:28.00);

40-49 female – Emily Farnworth (22:32.80);

40-49 male – Nick Galvez (19:39.80);

50 and above female – Sarah Myers (24:18.00);

50 and above male – David Drewry (19:45.50);

Preschool male – Mateo Estigarribia (34:10.70);

Lowerschool female – Allison Hall (23:51.90);

Lowerschool male – Aaron Caveney (22:04.60);

Middle School female – Olivia Gregory (23:54.30);

Middle School male – Mark Alkins (19:57.70);

Upper School female – Cami Simpson (24:16.70);

Upper School male – Matthew Mosca (19:27.10).

Etherington fourth in Woods

Matthew Etherington, 38, of Durham finished in fourth place at the second annual Into the Woods 5K Nov. 15 in southern Chapel Hill.

His time of 21:39.38 trailed behind only overall winner Kevin Johnston (20:43.28), David Frazelle (21:15.02) and Jon Williams (21:26.53), all of Chapel Hill.

Eagles host archrival Aggies

Coming off a 19-14 win at Norfolk State, N.C. Central football will host N.C. A&T State in its season finale on Saturday, with kickoff scheduled for 2 p.m. in O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium. NCCU (6-5, 5-2) could earn a share of the MEAC regular-season championship with a win against the league-leading Aggies (9-2, 6-1).