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CHOCOWINITY — Despite not having the overall winner in either meet, Wilson Christian swept the boys and girls team wins at Thursday’s cross-country meet at Unity Christian.
The Lady Chargers were challenged by head coach Dwight Vanderboegh to pack together and that they did, finishing in order fifth through eighth. Holland Miller, an eighth-grader, was the first Wilson Christian runner across the finish line, giving the Lady Chargers four runners to have led the team this season. Miller finished the 5-kilometer course in a personal-record time of 24 minutes, 19.9 seconds on a “hot, humid, windless day,” Vanderboegh said.
She was followed by Ocean Reece (24:25), Jenna Varnell (24:39.3) and Ashley Hardy (24:48) as the Lady Chargers totaled 18 points, three better than Southside High.
Kinston Bethel Christian’s Hannah Rhem was the overall girls winner in 22:15.1.
The Wilson Christian boys posted 21 points to edge Coastal North Carolina Homeschool by a point. Cape Hatteras was third with 27 points in the seven-team finish.
The Chargers, without Seth Trull and Jackson Hoskins, relied on Lin Scott’s runner-up finish in 19:40.3, 24.3 seconds behind winner Ethan Sommers. Briceson Martin was the second Chargers across the finish line, ending up seventh in 21:51.3.
Wilson Christian will host the Wilson County Cross-Country Championship meet Monday, followed by its annual Pumpkin Run on Thursday, Oct. 11, with 23 teams expected to compete.
Demons down SN in Big East debut
Host Fike opened 3-A Big East Conference football action with a 24-14 defeat of Southern Nash on Thursday.
The victory boosted the Golden Demons’ overall record to 2-3.
Devonte Thomas ran for two touchdowns, part of a 47-yard night, while Nizir Willoughby picked up 55 yards on the ground, including a TD. Derrick Artis led the Demons with 78 rushing yards while Tyrrik Hines ran for 63 yards.
Thomas and Ty’Rell Boykin each were credited with 8 1/2 tackles while Corey Kent made five stops and Kwality Floyd had four.
The Demons will visit Franklinton on Thursday while Southern Nash faces Northern Nash.