Fike boys, Hunt girls win county XC titles

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The Fike High boys and the Hunt High girls captured the 2017 Wilson County cross-country team championship Monday afternoon on the campus of Wilson Christian.
Fike, under the direction of coach Greg Yarbrough, won the boys team title by the slimmest of margins. Placing all five of its runners in the top 12, the Golden Demons amassed 38 points to nudge second-place Hunt by three points. Wilson Christian and Beddingfield followed with 68 and 83 points, respectively.
In the girls’ race, the Lady Warriors placed all five of their scoring runners inside the top nine to win the team title by six points over Fike, 41-47. Wilson Christian was in third with 54.
Hunt swept both individual races, with Renzo Cieza winning the boys race and Isabel Reed capturing the girls competition. Cieza finished in 16:48.87, while Reed crossed in 20:31.18.
Cieza held off Beddingfield freshman phenom Kamare Watson by just under five seconds. Watson, the runner-up, was followed by Fike’s Amando Robles, Wilson Christian’s Christian McFarland, Fike’s Danny Lewis, Beddingfield’s Tiwan Woodard, Fike’s Keifer Snedeker, Hunt’s Collin Matthews, Hunt’s Miguel Tovar and Hunt’s Esai Torres-Torrango. McFarland entered as the defending champion in the event.
In the girls race, Reed outpaced Community Christian senior Morgan Lane by over a minute. They were followed by Caitlyn Barnes of Wilson Christian, Olivia Pearce of Fike, Beddingfield’s Mikaela Taylor, Hunt’s Carolina Vazquez-Balcazar, Allyson Jenkins of Fike, Parker Barnes of Fike, Emma Fatzaun of Hunt and Rebekah Pierce of Hunt.
The top 10 runners in each race were accorded all-Wilson County recognition.