Midtown: Sports

Area runners compete at Great American

Two Cardinal Gibbons runners finished in the top 20 at the Great American Cross Country Festival on Saturday.

Junior Mary Grace Doggett and freshman Sophie Ebihara placed 18th and 19th, respectively, among some of the nation’s top high school runners at WakeMed Park. Doggett ran the 5K Race of Champions in a time of 18:10.5, while Ebihara ran 18:11.9. The Gibbons girls’ team finished 11th out of 27 teams.

In the boys’ race, Broughton junior William Roberson finished 25th with a time of 15:32.7.

The Broughton boys’ team finished sixth.

Cary High’s Bakri Abushouk was the area’s top finisher with a time of 15:03.3, a new state record, earning him a fifth place finish.

The star of the day was a Virginia runner who broke the high school course record.

Sean McGorty’s time of 14:43.6 was also the second-fastest ever run on the Cary course.

In the seeded race, the Millbrook girls and boys placed third and 10th, respectively.

Independent Schools

In the meet’s independent schools counterpart, Cary Academy finished atop the boys’ results led by senior Colin Godwin and his first-place time of 15:17.5. His teammate Josh Mitchell finished fourth at 16:28.9, and North Raleigh Christian sophomore Ryan Speer placed third at 16:22.0. The Ravenscroft team finished fifth, and North Raleigh Christian was eighth.

In the girls’ independent race, Cary Academy junior Emma Astrike Davis led the pack with a time of 19:41.5. She was followed by Ravenscroft freshmen Maddy Ringenbach and Chloe Mikles for second and third, respectively. Ringenbach finished in 19:45.3 and Mikles in 19:53.8 to lead the Ravenscroft team to a first-place finish.

Cary Academy was second.