Cross Country: Rosewood Boys And Girls Each Finish In First Place

Cross Country: Rosewood Boys And Girls Each Finish In First Place

Chilly temperatures didn’t alter the recurring theme of the Carolina 1A Conference cross country season.

On Wednesday afternoon, Rosewood’s boys and girls continued their respective strong seasons in the season-ending conference championship meet held at Lakewood Country Club.

The Eagles placed five boys in the top 10 and finished with a team score of 20. Rosewood’s Billy Strickland, who finished in first place with a time of 18:58, shaved 46 seconds off his time to set a new personal record.

Carl Blevins crossed the line in fifth place with a time of 20:18, while Issac Strickland (20:24), Trenton Schillinger (20:32) and Alex Jones (21:18) were sixth, seventh and ninth, respectively.

Billy Strickland, Blevins, Issac Strickland, Schillinger and Jones were named to the all-conference team.

Princeton’s Ernesto Garcia was the Bulldog’s top male runner with a time of 19 minutes, 17 seconds. Garcia’s teammate Milson Morales finished third in 19:42. Garcia and Morales also earned all-conference honors.

Mason Blust (36:20) was North Duplin’s top male runner in 21st place.

On the girls’ side, Rosewood compiled a team score of 16 to claim the girls’ meet. The Eagles also placed four girls in the top 10.

Rosewood’s Jaylee Amy won the girls’ race in 22:46 and set a new personal record by taking 49 seconds off her time. Katelyn Merritt (25:08) finished in second place, and India Young (25:11) came in third.

Carson Crane crossed the finish line in 26:23 to finish in sixth place. Amy, Merritt, Young and Crane were named to the all-conference team after the meet.

Princeton’s Margaret Parrish ran fifth in 26:11, and Parrish’s teammate Haley Emily Peterson (27:34) was ninth. Parrish and Peterson both earned all-conference honors.

Rosewood’s boys and girls both qualified to compete in the NCHSAA 1A Regionals.