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Pioneers Breeze To NW3A/4A Conference Title PDF Print
Written by Mike Kelly   
Thursday, 20 October 2011 06:56

The Watauga High boys and girls cross country teams claimed another conference championship, despite a steady rain on Wednesday afternoon.

The WHS women had the top four finishers in the race and six in the top ten as they dominated the field with 17 points. WHS came within two points of a perfect score. Darby Middlebrook defended her conference title by besting the field in 18:27.45. Hannah Barbour finished second (19:31.33), more than a full minute behind Middlebrook, who has developed into WHS's most dominate runner since Ricky Brookshire (who led WHS to a state cross country title in 1999).
"Darby is running very well right now," said WHS coach Randy McDonough. "You can just see the confidence in her. She is very strong on the course, and she sets the pace for us. She hasn't slowed down a bit from last season (when she captured her first state title and set a course record as well at Beeson Park in Kernersville)."
Madison Harman (19:53.46) finished third on Wednesday and Hailey Middlebrook (20:00.72) was fourth; Julia Roberts was eighth and Molly Ruble finished tenth. Team-wise, WHS outdistanced Fred T. Foard by the whopping margin of 42 points for the title.
The WHS boys bested the field with 24 points. Like the girls, WHS simply dominated. The Pioneers had the top three finishers in the field and five in the top ten. Peter Vandenberg led the way winning the conference title in 16:43.22. Josh Anderson finished a strong second in 17:12.09; Andrew Vandenberg finished third (17:19.48). Bryan Brackney was eighth and Avery Pitts was tenth.
"Peter has been solid all year," McDonough said. "He's really dedicated himself this season. His work ethic has been outstanding, and the results have shown all year. He's put together a good season. And so have our guys. We're young, but we've gotten some great results from them."
Fred T. Foard finished a distant second with 73 points; Alexander Central finished third. Up next, the Class 4A Western Regional at McAlpine Park in Charlotte. Providence High School will host the event. Middlebrook won the regional championship on thaT course last fall.

 

NW 3A-4A Conferrence CC Championship - 10/19/2011               
                          Lenoir Rotary Soccer Complex                          
                              Last Completed Event                              
 
Event 1  Boys 5k Run CC
=======================================================================         
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points         
=======================================================================         
  1 Vandenberg, Peter         11 Watauga               16:43.22    1            
  2 Anderson, Josh            11 Watauga               17:12.09    2            
  3 Vandenberg, Andrew        12 Watauga               17:19.48    3            
  4 Warren, Jake              12 Alexander Central     17:33.43    4            
  5 Bauguess, Broderick        9 FT Foard              17:34.91    5            
  6 Craig, Alex               11 South Caldwell        17:36.33    6            
  7 Killian, Zack             12 Hickory               17:50.97    7            
  8 Brackney, Bryan           11 Watauga               17:51.17    8            
  9 McNeil, Tres              12 St. Stephens          18:04.22    9            
 10 Pitts, Avery              11 Watauga               18:04.44   10            
 11 Seagle, Robert            12 Watauga               18:10.91   11            
 12 Hickernell, Dustin        11 Watauga               18:21.04   12            
 13 Rice, Will                 9 FT Foard              18:22.50   13            
 14 Becker, Josh              10 Hickory               18:32.07   14            
 15 Holland, Michael           9 Watauga               18:39.77                 
 16 Vandenberg, Will           9 Watauga               18:41.44                 
 17 Ortega, Paco              12 Alexander Central     18:45.42   15            
 18 Osborne, Matt             10 Watauga               18:45.62                 
 19 Sadowski, Joe             10 Hickory               18:49.67   16            
 20 Meade, Nathaniel           9 FT Foard              18:51.53   17            
 21 Ellwanger, Chatham        10 FT Foard              18:52.11   18            
 22 Henry, Tyler              10 South Caldwell        18:56.69   19            
 23 Harrelson, Andrew         10 Watauga               18:58.11                 
 24 Volmer, John              10 Watauga               18:59.34                 
 25 Swink, Patrick            11 FT Foard              19:03.35   20            

 

Team Scores                                  
=================================================================================
Rank Team                      Total    1    2    3    4    5   *6   *7   *8   *9
=================================================================================
   1 Watauga                      24    1    2    3    8   10   11   12         
      Total Time:  1:27:10.40                                                   
         Average:    17:26.08
                                                   
   2 FT Foard                     73    5   13   17   18   20   23   25         
      Total Time:  1:32:44.40                                                   
         Average:    18:32.88                                                   
   3 Alexander Central            93    4   15   21   26   27   28   29         
      Total Time:  1:34:57.77                                                   
         Average:    18:59.56                                                   
   4 Hickory                      93    7   14   16   24   32   34   35         
      Total Time:  1:34:56.68                                                   
         Average:    18:59.34                                                   
   5 South Caldwell              143    6   19   31   43   44   46   48         
      Total Time:  1:41:43.37                                                   
         Average:    20:20.68                                                   
   6 St. Stephens                161    9   36   37   39   40   41   45         
      Total Time:  1:41:37.59                                                   
         Average:    20:19.52                                                   
   7 Hibriten                    165   22   30   33   38   42   47              
      Total Time:  1:42:44.26                                                   
         Average:    20:32.86                                                   

 

NW 3A-4A Conferrence CC Championship - 10/19/2011               
                          Lenoir Rotary Soccer Complex                          
                              Last Completed Event                              
 
Event 2  Girls 5k Run CC
=======================================================================         
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points         
=======================================================================         
  1 Middlebrook, Darby        11 Watauga               18:27.45    1            
  2 Barbour, Hannah           12 Watauga               19:31.33    2            
  3 Harman, Madison           11 Watauga               19:53.46    3            
  4 Middlebrook, Hailey       12 Watauga               20:00.72    4            
  5 Hull, Courtney            11 FT Foard              20:25.45    5            
  6 Rayfield, Kaitlyn         11 FT Foard              20:32.21    6            
  7 Braswell, Kady            11 Hibriten              21:08.97                 
  8 Roberts, Julia            12 Watauga               21:16.11    7            
  9 Lemoreaux, Jackie         10 Hickory               21:40.95    8            
 10 Ruble, Molly              12 Watauga               21:48.56    9            
 11 Nelsen, Taylor            12 Watauga               21:49.99   10            
 12 Shultz-Coulon, Anna       11 Watauga               21:52.91
                 
 13 Walker, Cierra            10 Alexander Central     21:53.25   11            
 14 Mansure, Kathleen          9 Watauga               21:57.76                 
 15 Kosmala, Doria            11 Watauga               22:04.21                 
 16 Poovey, Cere               9 Alexander Central     22:12.97   12            
 17 Jones, Jessica            11 FT Foard              22:19.66   13            
 18 Robinson, Elizabeth       10 FT Foard              22:20.88   14            
 19 Juerges, Ella              9 Hickory               22:26.61   15            
 20 Adams, Rachel             12 South Caldwell        22:34.48   16            
 21 Gaither, Amelia           11 Hickory               22:41.35   17            
 22 Jackson, Celia            10 Watauga               22:54.59                 
 23 Wangler, Lynde            10 Watauga               23:03.85
                 
 24 Craft, Jennifer           10 Hickory               23:10.57   18            
 25 Jonas, Jordi              11 Alexander Central     23:12.75   19            

 

Team Scores                                  
=================================================================================
Rank Team                      Total    1    2    3    4    5   *6   *7   *8   *9
=================================================================================
   1 Watauga                      17    1    2    3    4    7    9   10         
      Total Time:  1:39:09.07                                                   
         Average:    19:49.82                                                   
   2 FT Foard                     59    5    6   13   14   21   24   25         
      Total Time:  1:48:57.61                                                   
         Average:    21:47.53                                                   
   3 Hickory                      78    8   15   17   18   20   32   35         
      Total Time:  1:53:17.29                                                   
         Average:    22:39.46                                                   
   4 Alexander Central            87   11   12   19   22   23   28   31         
      Total Time:  1:54:01.22                                                   
         Average:    22:48.25                                                   
   5 South Caldwell              131   16   26   27   29   33   37   42         
      Total Time:  1:59:09.92                                                   
         Average:    23:49.99                                                   
   6 St. Stephens                177   30   34   36   38   39   40   41         
      Total Time:  2:05:48.03                                                   
         Average:    25:09.61          

                                         

 

  
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