Published: Nov 24, 2012 07:00 PM
Modified: Nov 24, 2012 10:31 AM
Friendly rivals meet again at nationals
The NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 17 were like a high school reunion for three runners from Chapel Hill, who’ve been friends and rivals since middle school.
Sarah Jane Kerwin and Ahna Weeks are 2011 graduates of Chapel Hill High School and now run for Oberlin College and Carleton College, respectively. Alison Smith is a 2011 East Chapel Hill graduate and now runs for Williams College.
After fighting injury for the previous few weeks, Smith came back to earn 90th place (22:39) and helped the Williams team finish fourth. Notably, that was ahead of sixth-place MIT, which was ranked No. 1 coming into the meet. Oberlin finished ninth and Carleton 17th.
Individual Weeks (139th in 23:24.6) and Kerwin (148th in 23:28.9) both scored for their teams.
Johns Hopkins won the Div. III championship, followed by Wartburg and Claremont-Mudd-ScrippsTiger wrestlers start off 4-1
Chapel Hill High School’s wrestlers got off to a fast, 4-1 start last week, including a 48-31 victory over Carrboro. The Tigers downed Franklinton 57-15 in a dual match on the road Monday and went 3-1 in a set of quad matches Tuesday at CHHS.
Chapel Hill’s 48-31 win over Carrboro in the quads was effectively sealed after Ethan Martin (160 pounds) pinned Maxim Gaut in 1:02 and the Tigers collected a series of forfeits at 120, 170, 182, 195, 220 and 285 pounds. Tommy Morrison of CHHS pinned Trenton Davis at 4:37.
Three of Carrboro’s wrestlers won with pins — Dante Veltri (106), Sergei Callaham (132) and Avery Smith (152). Carrboro’s Keegan Cordell, (145) earned a 12-4 major decision over Baxter Fricks, and Noah Lambert (138) decisioned Eliot Martin, 15-9.
In Tuesday’s other matches, Chapel Hill defeated Raleigh Enloe 72-12 and beat Green Hope 42-34. Compiled by W.E. Warnock
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