Running on an unseasonably warm morning last Saturday at Hagan Stone Park, Jordan won the boys championship and Chapel Hill repeated as girls champions at the 33rd annual Greensboro Cross-Country Invitational.
Chapel Hill junior Katherine Dokholyan (18:55.99) and senior teammate Clare McNamara (19:01.65) finished 1-2 in the top girls event as the 3A Tigers scored 37 points to edge past 4A Green Hope (41 points) for the second year in a row. All five of Chapel Hill’s scorers finished in the top 20.
Samantha Kolor of Green Hope (19:05.09) placed third and sophomore Alessandra Rodriguez (19:13.13) fourth for the Falcons.
Wake Forest (147) placed fourth in the Greensboro girls championship 5K behind the home-schooled Patriot Pacers (76). Paced by sophomore Shannon Steffer’s seventh place finish (19:28.23), Panther Creek (172) earned seventh place in the girls’ team standings.
Matthew Staehle (16:21.57) paced Jordan to the boys’ team title with his fourth-place finish. Teammates Casey Thompson (11th place), Jonathan Piccolo (17th), Samuel Terry-Edmunds (22nd) and Quinton Meyer (27th) helped Jordan total 78 points, good enough to beat out runner-up R.J. Reynolds (86) by eight points.
Led by Eli Turner’s 16:46.53 for 13th place, Chapel Hill finished with 122 points for third place, just ahead of the Patriot Pacers (126) in fourth.
Panther Creek (138) took fifth in the boys’ top race, with Kyle Fawzi (16:34.38) getting ninth individually and junior Jarred Komyati (16:40.81) in 10th place. With juniors Sean Peterson (16:45.45) in 12th place and Ryan Kemper (16:48.92) in 16th, Green Hope (164) took seventh place and Wake Forest (245) got 10th.
Heritage won a close race with Chapel Hill in Greensboro’s Girls Developmental 5K, where Green Hope senior Emily Jordan (20:13.50) took medalist honors in a race dominated by Triangle runners. Heitage ended up with all five scorers among the top 17 places for 41 points; Chapel Hill finished with 45 points, while Green Hope was third with 65 points. Panther Creek (157) was fourth, the N.C. School of Science & Math (176) fifth and Wake Forest (178) in sixth place.
Ninth-grader Danielle Lugo of Heritage was second in the developmental race in 20:40.23, followed by Chapel Hill’s Grace Tate (21:05.06), SE Guilford’s Megan Ehrhardt (21:11.27) and Heritage ninth-grade classmates Melissa Bourne (21:25.59) and Christina Bourne (21:27.54).
Chapel Hill’s Madeline Mount-Cors (7th place), Green Hope’s Lauren McLaughlin (8th), Wake Forest’s Sarah Weber (9th) and Elizabeth Surratt of Green Hope (10th) completed the top 10.
Chapel Hill freshman Zeno Scotti won the Boys Developmental 5K in 17:37.46, leading the Tigers to the team title. Chapel Hill teammates Agustin Fiorito, Jason Dadolf, Jacob Meredith-Andrews and David Hadar finished in places five through eight, respectively, as the Tigers finished with 27 points, compared to the 86 for runnerup Panther Creek.
Jordan was third in the Boys Developmental race with 98 points, followed by Greensboro Page (130) and Heritage (196). N.C. Science & Math (207) was sixth, Green Hope (233) eighth and Durham Academy (292) 10th.