Elly Henes, a Green Hope High junior, earned all-America honors Saturday at the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Ore. The reigning N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A cross country champion ran a 18:11.
Allie Ostrander of Kenai (Alaska) Central High won the championship in 17 minutes, 19 seconds.
Roger Collins, the Green Hope girls coach, said Henes was pleased with her run on the difficult and wet course.
“The team goal from the beginning was to qualify for the national meet and Elly’s goal was to make All American,” said Green Hope coach Roger Collins. “It was great see both of those goals be achieved, and so much credit for the team’s success all season is due to the tremendous leadership by our two senior captains, Theresa Enright and Elisa Sargent.”
Henes’ finished helped the Green Hope girls, the NCHSAA 4A champions, finish 19th among 22 teams. Henes was followed by teammates Theresa Enright (19:09, 97th), Morgan Adams (19:41.00, 141st), Elisa Sargent (20:02, 160th), Kayla Hall (20:03, 163rd), Katie Tomasic (20:27, 182nd) and Emily Jordan (20:40, 186th).
“The course was very wet from all the rain, and the race was tough because it was filled with so many outstanding teams and individuals,” Collins said. “I think that between the guys and girls races, 52 individual state champions and 29 state championship teams raced.”
Jeremy Brown of Broughton, the NCHSAA 4A champion, ran a 15:48 and was 23rd among 199 runners.
Fast Frazier runs Saturday: Ryen Frazier, a senior at Ravenscroft, will race in the Foot Locker Nationals cross country championships on Saturday in San Diego.
Frazier won the South Regional in Charlotte with a 16:27. Her time was at least 30 seconds faster than in any other regional winning time, but courses and conditions vary so comparing times is not very accurate.
But Frazier is in the midst of a record streak. She ran 10:12.26 for 3,200 meters on Nov. 15 and 4:44.20 for the mile on Nov. 22.
No North Carolina high school girl has ever come close to her cross country times.
No title for Word of God: Word of God, which has been a power in the N.C. Independent School Athletic Association, no longer is a member of the association.
The NCISAA board of directors supported the removal and notified the school in September.
Charles N. Carter, the executive director of the NCISAA, confirmed the association had dismissed the school, but declined to provide any details. He confirmed the problems stemmed from a lack of institutional direction and athletic recruitment.
Tim Woods is the school’s new boys and girls basketball coach and athletics director.
The Rams boys basketball team opened the season 9-0. MaxPreps does not have Word of God in its top 25 teams but includes it among teams to watch.
Reunion: The 1953-54 Cary High basketball team, which defeated King 63-54 for the NCHSAA 1A title, will be honored at halftime of Cary’s home game against Green Hope as part of the 60th anniversary of the title.
The team, coached by Simon Terrell, finished 30-1.
Bunn sets record: Former Bunn girls basketball standout Whitney Bunn set the Furman single-game assist record with 15 assists in a 90-56 win over Coastal Carolina last week. She also led the team with 17 points.
Greene leads Jordan: Salita Greene of Durham Jordan had 17 rebounds and 16 points in the Falcons’ 55-35 win over Wakefield on Monday night.
Clemons opens hot: Millbrook’s Chris Clemons scored 38 points on Monday in a 94-79 non-conference victory over Middle Creek to boost his average to 26.7 points per game. He leads area 4A boys.
The Wildcats are 6-0 and have scored 90 points or more four games and had 88 in another.