Boys & girls make 'State-ment'
Robbinsville High School’s “we run faster every week” boys and girls are heading to the North Carolina Class 1-A Cross Country State Meet.
It’s been seven years since the RHS boys qualified for the big race in Kernersville, and two years for the girls.
“I’m absolutely thrilled! Both teams have been a delight to work with because they work hard every day and they are such good teammates. They support and encourage each other because they understand the discipline and effort each member has put into this team,” Coach Joanne Knight said. “I truly enjoy coaching them!”
Both teams advanced by earning the final qualifying spot at the Western Regional meet Saturday at Asheville Christian Academy. Only 4 of 14 boys teams and 3 of 8 girls teams qualified for State.
The RHS boys finished 4th with a team effort led by Luke Walters (8th individually), Gunnar Ruthig (16th) and Tucker Price (18th).
“Then came strong support from Ethan Barnett and Kane Dutcher, who ran their best times, followed by James Stewart and Justin Lynn,” Coach Knight said. Barnett placed 38th, Dutcher finished 43rd, Stewart took 67th, and Justin Lynn was 81st.
In the girl’s race, Ava Barlow and Anna Riddle ran up front, and teammates Abigail Knight, Lizzie Barnett and Madison Brooks recorded personal best times.
“The women had an impressive showing and some personal best times as well,” Coach Knight said. “Ava Barlow and Anna Riddle stayed strong and close throughout the race, leading the team.”
Barlow placed 12th, Riddle finished 13th, Knight took 17th, Barnett was 26th, Brylee Parham was 52nd, and Madison Brooks (61st) ran her best race by :30.
“For both teams our steady top finishers gives us a good start in scoring low,” Coach Knight said. “The key for both teams is how our 3, 4 and 5 finishers have continued to decrease their times and move up in the standings.”
Robbinsville vies for a state title Saturday at Beeson Park in Kernersville. 1-A boys run at 10. 1-A girls go at 11.