Midtown: Sports

Cary High, Cary Academy runners battle in Adidas Cross Country Challenge

The Adidas Cross Country Challenge came down to the wire Saturday, as Cary Academy’s Colin Godwin and Cary High’s Bakri Abushouk completed two of the fastest times ever run at the WakeMed Park course.

Godwin was the boys’ top runner with a time of 15:13.3, while Abushouk was a split second behind at 15:13.4. The times were the 14th and 15th fastest in the course’s history, and the second and third fastest ever run at the N.C. State hosted event there.

Providence Day junior Ben Huffman finished third.

In team results, Blacksburg placed first, followed by Midlothian and Chapel Hill. Cary placed sixth, Cardinal Gibbons was seventh and Apex ninth. Millbrook and East Chapel Hill placed just outside the top 10.

More than 30 teams participated in the 5K run championship division.

On the girls’ side, Cardinal Gibbons was the top team, with two runners scoring in the top 10 and a third in the top 25. Blacksburg and Watauga finished second and third.

Cardinal Gibbons junior Mary Grace Doggett completed the course with a time of 18:14.6, topped only by Eliza Dekker of Durham Academy, Darby Middlebrook of Watauga and Stephanie Aldrich of West Chester, who finished first, second and third, respectively. Dekker’s time was 17:44.2.

Millbrook and East Chapel Hill girls’ teams finished eighth and ninth. Cary Academy was 11th, followed by Leesville and Apex in the 13th and 14th spots.

Valkyrie Invitational

Broughton’s cross country team traveled to Louisville for the Trinity Valkyrie Invitational.

Juniors William Roberson and Megan Sullivan each finished third in the boys’ and girls’ races. Roberson ran a time of 15:22.27, while Sullivan finished in 17:51.10.

The Broughton boys’ team finished third collectively, behind two of the nation’s top 25 teams. The girls’ finished 10th.