Garner Cleveland: Sports

Sports briefs: Oct. 30

Dixon advances to state final eight

Cleveland freshman Victoria Dixon advanced to the state 3A girls tennis quarterfinals in singles play Friday at the Burlington Tennis Center.

Dixon defeated Claudia Steffey of Gastonia Ashbrook in the first round, 6-3, 6-0, but fell to Helen Zang (Fayetteville Terry Sanford), 6-4, 6-1, in the state semifinals.

Dixon was the Two Rivers 3A Conference individual champion this season.

West runners qualify for 4A state finals

West Johnston standouts Becca Meshaw and Kyle Christ qualified for this weekend’s NCHSAA 4A cross country state championships as individuals on Saturday at WakeMed Park. They were the only local 4A runners to make it out of the difficult 4A mideast regional, which included both state team championship favorites and several leading state title individual contenders.

Meshaw placed 12th among girls runners in 19 minutes, 12.97 seconds. Christ finished 13th in the boys race in 15:46.04.

Garner’s Justin Burkey (22nd in 16:21.74), West’s Adam Greco (45th in 16:57.94) and Southeast Raleigh runners Jayquan Williams (37th, 16:48.23) and Jason Putman (42nd in 16:54.78) finished in the boys’ top 50.

Clayton’s lead runner was Alex Roy, finishing in 17:33.7 for 64th place.

Southeast was ninth in the team standings with 289 points and West Johnston finished 10th (314). Broughton won the boys title with just 24 points.

West’s Robin Pollard finished 24th in the girls race (19:54.3) and teammate Lauren Hermane finished 39th. Clayton’s Carmen Tormey finished 44th (20:38.67), two spots ahead of teammate Kaelin Amaya (20:40.19).

Eboni Robinson led Southeast Raleigh in 60th place. Garner’s Zenaida Ayala finished in 25:00.49.

West’s girls were seventh in the team standings with 208 points. Clayton took 12th. Green Hope won the regional with 36 points.

May leads Rams at regional

Cleveland’s boys cross country team finished 17th at the 3A eastern regional at Red Oak Middle School Saturday. Steven May led the Rams with a 54th place finish in 18:26.

Nick Loscalzo finished in 19:46, three seconds ahead of teammate Jose Sampson.

Fellow Two Rivers 3A Conference member schools had solid meets. South Johnston’s Jacob Gonzalez was the boys individual champion, while Western Harnett’s boys were the team runner-up.

Corinth Holders picked up a pair of girls runner-up finishes. Arden Vessie was second individually in 18:48, while the Pirates team finished second behind West Carteret.