A pair of seniors paced the Watauga High boys' and girls' cross country teams Saturday at the Western North Carolina Cross Country Carnival in Hendersonville, N.C.




Kathleen Mansure, a state qualifier last season, and Michael Holland produced top-five finishes in their respective championship races. Mansure finished third in the girls 5-K championship race in 19:06.4; Holland turned in a fifth-place finish in the boys' race (16:46.5).


It was their second top-five finish of the season. Mansure won the girls senior race at the Pioneers Clash of the Classes last week in Boone; Holland finished second.


Makenzie Jones of Morristown West (TN.) won the girls' championship race in 18:39.1; Lily Anderson of Asheville-Roberson finished second in 19:05.8. Tanis Baldwin of East Henderson won the boys' championship race in 15:49.60; Nick Linder of Providence Day School finished second in 15:55.60.


Team-wise, the WHS girls finished tenth with 231 points; Morristown West dominated the standing with 36 points and won the girls championship meet. West bested the field by 58 points; Ashevlle-Roberson finished second with 94 points. The WHS boys finished sixth with 171 points; Providence Day School won the boys' championship meet with 41 points.


Finley Collins was 48th (22:40.3) in the girls' championship race; Matthew Hellenbrand was 25th (17:58.5) in the boys' championship race; Grant Pilkington was 45th (18:48.4).


The WHS girls had three top-ten finishers on the day. They received a pair of top-ten finishes in the girls' 3-K race. Alina Kosmala finished seventh (13:59.5); Elizabeth Vilas finished ninth (14:03.4).


The WHS girls turned in a fourth-place finish in the girls' 3-K race with 84 points; WHS finished fifth in the individual race with 113 points. Maddie Brown was WHS' top finisher in the girls' individual race (20th in 26:31.2).


The WHS boys had two top-five finishers on Saturday. Joining Holland was sophomore Sam Williams, who finished third in the boys' 3-K race (10:57). The Pioneers finished second in the 3-K race with 106 points; Providence Day School won the 3-K meet with 50 points.


The WHS cross country teams will compete at the Caldwell County Invitational on September 3.