AREA ROUNDUP: Chargers sweep NE Carolina Prep in 3-team meet at WPA

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The Wilson Christian boys cross-country team secured the top five positions Tuesday in sweeping a head-to-head meet with North East Carolina Prep on the campus of Wilson Preparatory Academy.

While the Tigers hosted the meet and deployed individual runners, they did not have enough competitors to qualify for a team score.

The quintet of Seth Trull, Lin Scott, Briceson Martin, Andrew Blalock and Jacob Kearney finished one through five for the Chargers, assuring them of a perfect score of 15.

Trull won the race in a time of 19:43, with Scott following eight seconds later. Martin (22:29), Blalock (22:45) and Kearney (23:09) rounded out the top five for WCA.

George Wadsworth (8th, 24:21), Simon Owens (11th, 24:58), Caden Robinette (14th, 27:41), Alex Hogan (15th, 28:04) and Michael Fleming (16th, 28:23) were the scoring runners for North East Carolina Prep in the 20-runner field.

For Wilson Prep, Malachi Atkinson (8th, 23:48), George Wooten (11th, 24:32) and Harlee Allen (14th, 26:18) were the Tigers’ representatives.

Nine of the 10 runners in the girls’ race were from Wilson Christian, with WPA not producing a team.

Ashley Hardy led the Lady Chargers quintet in 24:55, 48 seconds ahead of teammate Ocean Reece. Jenna Varnell (26:08), Holland Miller (26:20) and Katie Glover (26:20) followed as the top five for WCA.

NECP’s Jozy Wadsworth was the only other runner, finishing eighth.

Conditions permitting, WCA is scheduled to return to the course Monday at Kerr-Vance Academy.

Daniels paces CCS at Christ Covenant

WINTERVILLE — Caleb Daniels turned in a second-place time of 20:22 to lead Community Christian School runners in Monday’s Coastal Independents Conference meet at Winterville Christ Covenant.

Daniels crossed the line in a time of 20:22, 34 seconds behind Christ Covenant’s Nate Furlough.

The Cyclones amassed a score of 151 for its first five runners. In addition to Daniels, the Cyclones were represented by Thomas Lane (14th, 23:50), Caleb Boyette (31st, 26:28), Johnathan Barton (37th, 27:13) and Tyler Medlin (67th, 34:35). The finishing positions reflect results in a mixed 83-runner field, as the boys and girls ran simultaneously.

Epiphany placed all five of its boys runners inside the top nine to win the team competition.

On the girls’ side, Olivia Walker led the way for CCS with a 39th-place run in 24:47. She was followed by Kaitlyn Manning (47th, 30:07), Katerina Medlin (50th, 31:31), Royse Godwin (69th, 35:19) and Lorille Ferguson (74th, 37:18).

Ava Lavely of Rocky Mount Academy was the top female finisher, placing 24th in 25:59.

CCS is scheduled to travel to CIC opponent Kerr-Vance Academy in Henderson on Monday, weather permitting.



Guzman’s pair helps DASH clip WPA 2-1

Salvador Guzman scored twice, including the game-winning penalty kick in the second half as the DASH Homeschool varsity boys soccer team turned in a 2-1 victory over Wilson Preparatory Academy on Tuesday night at Gillette Soccer Complex.

DASH (6-4-2) struck first in the 19th minute with Jordan Bailey threading a pass to Guzman. Taking space, Guzman dribbled upfield and ripped a line drive from 20 yards out. 

Wilson Prep scored in the 30th via a PK. DASH was called for a handball in the box, allowing sophomore Alberto Herrera to equalize for the Tigers.

DASH turned up the pressure to open the second half and kept possession, drawing a PK after Eric Barry was fouled at the top of the Wilson Prep 18. Guzman addressed the free kick and tucked inside the corner for the final margin.

Wilson Prep had a chance to equalize off a long ball, but DASH keeper Elijah Skinner turned the Tigers away in a 1-on-1 opportunity. 

Freshman Cameron Bryant stopped eight shots for the Tigers.

“Wilson Prep has a really athletic team and Alberto and Luis Herrera are very talented players,” DASH head coach Steve Barry said. “We pressed high to start the second half and that turned things around. I was pleased with our intensity. Salvador is a special player and he showed it once again tonight.”

DASH is scheduled to travel to Cary Christian on Thursday, a match that will be rescheduled due to Hurricane Florence. 

Wilson Prep is off until Friday, Sept. 21, when it plays host to North East Carolina Prep of Tarboro.