The Cuthbertson High girls cross country team earned its fourth straight state championship last weekend (Nov. 6) at the NCHSAA 4A state meet in Kernersville.
This is the first time the Cavaliers have won the 4A meet after winning the 3A title the past three seasons. Cuthbertson finished with 50 points, 48 fewer than second-place Weddington, a rival school about 4 miles down the road.
Cuthberton’s top finisher was junior Alyssa Preisano, who came in fourth overall with a time of 17 minutes and 59.01 seconds over the 5,000-meter (3.107 miles) course. Last year, former Cuthbertson runner Madeline Hill, who is currently a freshman running at ECU, won the 3A race in a time of 18:11.91.
Four other Cuthbertson runners finished inside the top 20 during the historical accomplishment in 2021. Sophomore Stella Kermes finished in ninth at 18:21.24, junior Lillian Nasta placed 11th at 18:28.95, and sophomores Charlotte Bell and Justine Preisano finished in 16th and 17th with times of 18:35.91 and 18:36.70, respectively.
Weddington finished in second with 98 total points. The Warriors’ top finisher was senior Emma Jones, who finished the race in fifth with a time of 18:07.41. The next fastest Warrior in the competition was sophomore Grace Hanson, who placed 22nd with a time of 18:42.80.
On the boys side, Weddington finished in second place behind Mount Tabor with 75 points.
Porter Ridge junior Jacob Laney was the only member of his team to qualify for the 4A state meet, and he finished the championship race in second place overall with a time of 15:34.33, less than three seconds behind first place.
Marvin Ridge senior Ethan Snyder finished the race in third with a time of 15:46.40. He was the only Maverick to finish inside the top 25 of Saturday’s race.
Weddington’s top-finisher was senior Isaac Clark, who came in 11th with a time of 15:57.77. Juniors Chauncey Chen and Caden Townshend finished the race in 13th and 15th, respectively.