|WHS Cross Country Opens Season On Strong Note|
|Written by Mike Kelly|
|Saturday, 20 August 2011 22:12|
The Watuaga High women's cross country team picked up right where it left off last season.WHS turned in a second-place finish at the state meet, and rising junior Darby Middlebrook (a sophomore at the time) burned up the track at Beeson Park in Kernersville in winning the Class 4A state championship and setting a course record (17:52.16). Well, Middlebrook and her mates were at it again Saturday in the opening meet of the season, the Pioneer Clash of the Classes at the State Farm Fields.
Middlebrook paced WHS by winning the girls junior race in 11:04.8 on the two-mile course. WHS had six runners in the top ten. Doria Kosmala finished second in 12:16.6 and Madison Harmon was third in 12:47.2. WHS dominated the girls senior race as well with five runners cracking the top five. Hannah Barbour led the way winning the senior race in 11:45.8. Hailey Middlebrook finished a close second in 11:55.8; Taylor Nelson was third (12:45.9), Julia Roberts was fourth (12:50) and Molly Ruble finished fifth (12:58.1).
Celia Jackson finished fourth in the girls sophomore race; WHS had three in the top ten. And Amanda Eagle-Farrar finished third in the girls freshman race; Kathleen Mansure was fourth. WHS had five runners in the top ten.
For the boys, they were led by the Vandenberg brothers. Will won the freshman race in 10:59 and Peter won the junior race in 10:11.1. Michael Holland finished second in the freshman race and WHS had five runners in the top ten; Josh Anderson finished second in the junior race and WHS had six runners in the top ten. Dustin Hickernell finished fourth in the junior race (10:42.6). Avery Pitts was fifth (10:43.7) and Brian Brackney finished sixth (10:46.3).
Andrew Vandenberg finished third in the senior race completing the course in 10:46 even. Robert Seagle finished sixth. WHS had three finishers in the top ten. Matthew Osborne finished fifth in the sophomore race; Andrew Harrelson was sixth. WHS had four finishers in the top ten.
WHS travels to the Western North Carolina Cross Country Carnival Saturday in Asheville.
FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD
A.C. REYNOLDS 21, WATAUGA 14
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