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2013 Mid-Eastern Conference Cross Country Championships Eagles Boys take 3rd Straight Title and Vikings Girls take 1st since 2008

(L-R): Joseph Harty, Daniel Lancaster, and Will Mayo went 4th, 5th and 6th for the Eagles taking All-Conference Honors and helping to propel Ashley past Hoggard to take the Mid-Eastern Conference Title for the 3rd straight year.

WILMINGTON, NC - The Eagles Boy’s Varsity Cross Country pulled off a 3-Peat after winning the Mid-Eastern Conference Championships by 2-points over Hoggard this past Thursday at Hoggard’s Hugh McRae Park Course. While on the Girl’s side the Hoggard Vikings win 1st Title since 2008. Temperature’s were a little warmed than expected in mid October, but that didn’t stop a pack of 4 Vikings and 1 Eagles from bolting out at the start, followed by a pack of 4 Eagles, Grant Hufham and Calvin Daugherty. Position stayed the same until about the halfway point. That’s when Calvin and Grant made there move and pulled away from the rest of the pack. Grant then sat behind Calvin before out kicking him to the finish to take the win with a 16:28. Calvin came in at 16:48. The race for the team title ensued. After leading for much of the race by 20+ points, the Vikings watch that lead slip past them in the last 1,000 Meters. Ashley’s 2nd-5th Place runners were behind Hoggard’s 5th Place Runner when Ashley’s Daniel Lancaster started his charge to the finish. Every Eagle Daniel past jumped into Daniel’s charge and then they past all but 1 of the Vikings and almost caught up to their teammate Joseph Harty who lead the way for the Eagles the whole race and finished in 4th Place with a 16:59. Daniel was 5that 17:00, Will Mayo 6that 17:01, Stephen Wilson let 1 Viking in between him and took 8th at 17:05, with Cody Benton taking 15th.
The total team scores were: Ashley 38, Hoggard 40, Topsail 90, New Hanover 91, Laney 112, South Brunswick 155, and West Brunswick 194.
The 1st Team all Conference was: 1st Place Grant Hufham SB 16:28, 2nd Place Calvin Daughtry L 16:48, 3rd Nathan Sudduth H 16:53, 4th Joseph Harty A 16:59, 5th Daniel Lancaster A 17:00, 6th Will Mayo A 17:01, 7th Graham Parker H 17:02. Your 2nd Team All Conference was: 8th Stephen Wilson A 17:05, 9th Ben Schmidt H 17:12, 10th Robinson Snider H 17:14, 11th Andrew Irrera H 17:17, 12th Christian Dickens T 17:28, 13th Gunar Swartzlander NH 17:28, and 14th Jackson Denton NH 17:31. The rest of the Eagles in this race times and places were: 15th Cody Benton 17:38, 29th Chris Avery 19:04, and 37th David Fletcnher 20:06.
In the girls race Kerry Leonard made it clear from the beginning of the race it was hers to win and ran 95% of the race in 1st Place winning with a time of 19:01. The Vikings had a pack of 3 girls follow to ensure the Girls Team title.
The total team score was: Hoggard 29, Laney 44, New Hanover 59, Ashley 101 (The Eagles had 4 of there top 5 either have to drop, injured or had to jog into the finish as they only had 5 left in the race), Topsail 140, West Brunswick 176, and South Brunswick 186.
The 1st Team all Conference was: 1st Place Kerry Leonard L 19:01, 2nd Rachel Snider H 20:12, 3rd Sara Pellizzari H 20:20, 4th Madeline Hulbert H 20:33, 5th Abigail Rackley L 20:39, 6th Sara Silka A 20:40, and 7th Rachel Walter NH 20:43. Your 2nd Team All Conference was: Victoria Tronzo L 20:53, 9th Sydney Thuman H 20:59, 10th Sarah Miller NH 21:02, 11th Elizabeth Magill H 21:05, 12th Haley Smithwick L 21:19, 13th Clara Seifert NH 21:21, and 14th Jane Moody NH 21:31. The rest of the Eagles in this race times and places were: 19th Lindsey Williams 22:13, 21st Ryleigh McIntyre 22:38, 24th Erin Hager 23:08, and 31st Kaela Groseclose 24:22.
At the end of the Meet Coach’s Voted on the Coach of the Year Award for Boys and Girls as well as the Team Sportsmanship Awards. Boys Coach of the Year for the 3rd Straight year and his 4th in his 6 years of Coaching went to Ashley’s Shawn McKee. While the Girls went to Hoggard’s Pam Mitchell.
In the Boys JV Race it was clear the top 4 Eagles in this race had something to prove and wanted on that Regional Team. Rylee Smith, Connor Snow, Vaughn Rizzo, and Nash Best took out a quick pace early and pulled away from the pack. Rylee Smith pulled away towards the last mile finishing with a season best time of 18:08, Connor Snow was 2nd 18:28, Vaughn Rizzo was 3rd 18:33, Nash Best was 10th 18:50, and rounding out the top 5 for Ashley was Thomas Avery 15th 19:28. The Boys JV ended up winning with 31 Points, Hoggard had 46, Topsail 57, New Hanover 83, Laney 143, and West Brunswick 187. The rest of the Eagles in the Race Places and Times were: 31st Adam Ortega 19:57, 32nd David Elrod 19:58, 33rd Allen Rodrick 19:59, 46th James Avery 20:14, Freshman 51st George Malahias had a big PR with a 20:18, the Eagles other freshman 59th Nathan Ovall also had a PR 20:35, 73rd Peter Vogiatzis 21:12, 75th Nathan Mercer 21:21, 98th Robert Penna-Welch 22:45, 107th Marshall Skelton 23:37, 109th Dylan Secero 23:39, 110th Lucas Galonka 23:56, 115th Ian Reichow 24:24, 116th Cameron Seyer 24:24, Nick Galonka 24:50, Ritchie Bland 25:56, and Alex Signorello 26:42.
In the Girl’s JV Race New Hanover showed their dominance going 1, 2, 3, 5, 8 winning with a impressive score of 19-points, followed by Hoggard 57, Laney 64, Ashley 109, and Topsail 135. The Eagles Places and times were: 12th Jillian Yankey 23:17, 23rd Abigail Efting 23:38 PR, 32nd Rachel Luscher 24:17, 42nd Erica DeSousa 24:50, 55th Bailey Williams 25:49, 56th Maggie Skelton 25:51, 60th Maggie Shibley 26:00, 63rd Hailee Kiesecker 26:06, 66th Mackenzie Allen 26:20 PR, 71st Meghan Chinn 26:38, 77th Madison Smith 26:59, 84th Emilee Troutwine 27:36, 88th Hanna Topping 28:12, Ashley Meritt 28:15, Kennsleigh Ables 29:19, Kaley Smith 29:25, Loring Penna-Welch 31:24, and Katie Campana 33:02.

Stephen Wilson also helped the Eagles Placing 8th.

In the Girls race Sara Silka was All-Confterence at 6th Place.

Ryleigh McIntyre was placed 21st for the Eagles with a 22:38.