Concord, NC-The men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the Conference Carolinas Championship meet on Friday in Concord, NC. The men’s team finished fourth overall and the women finished eleventh.
Brett Morley led the men’s team posting a school record time of 26:31 for the 8K(5 mile) race, finishing ninth overall. Ahmad Nesbitt finished closely behind Morley posting a time of 26:36, finishing 10th overall. Sophomore Stefan Shealy finished third for the team running a time of 27:55. Ravon Wamer and Jacob Simms crossed the finish line back to back posting times of 28:53 and 28:54 respectively. Senior John Wood rounded out the top five for the men’s team running a solid time of 29:32.
The women were led once again by their number one runner for the past two seasons, Kelly Knutson. Freshman Corrine Schmidt stepped it up and ran a great race, finishing second for the team. Allison Beam and Natalie Hamrick finished close to each other, placing third and fourth for the team. Senior Ansley Boltin and sophomore Bethany Armstrong were the final two scorers for the women’s team, helping the team to finish eleventh overall in the conference.
Sophomore Kelly Knutson was recognized for her Conference Carolinas’ Runner of the Week Award earlier this season. The men’s team set a new school record for team average in an 8K race, with an average time of 27:46. Brett Morley and Ahmad Nesbitt were named “All Conference”, making school history in being the first two cross country runners to achieve that status. The cross country teams wrap up their impressive seasons after their solid performances at the Conference Carolinas Championship meet, and will now begin the off season process. Most athletes will also compete in track and field for North Greenville as that season is just around the corner. Both cross country teams made tremendous improvement this season, as well setting many individual and team records. The Crusaders will now rest shortly after a strenuous season before beginning to look ahead to next season.
Written by: Cameron Stober