KERNERSVILLE — The name may have changed but the course is the same.
Ivey Redmon Sports Complex, nee Beeson Park, remains much the same personal playground for cross country runners as it’s always been, a place where Chapel Hill, East Chapel Hill and Carrboro high schools have each won state championships in the past.
Last Saturday, Maysa Araba of Carrboro became the latest runner to put her name in the book of champions with an individual victory in the 2A championship meet of the N.C. High School Athletics Association.
Araba’s time (18:03.66) on the 5-kilometer course was one of the fastest ever recorded by a female in Kernersville. She pulled away from runner-up Brittany Stanley of Mount Pleasant during the last 800 meters and was 17 seconds ahead at the finish line.
Carrboro junior Helen Morken (18:45.89) took sixth place and joined Araba in earning elite “silver” status among the national leaders.
Carrboro’s string of team state championships was snapped by a strong performance by East Lincoln, which won the tight team race with 70 points. Carrboro, with all five scorers finishing in the top 25, ended with 73 points and tied for second with Croatan.
Carrboro’s Amanda Hickey (20:25.08) was 22nd; Amelia Covington (20:56.14) 33rd; Natalie Richardson (20:59.87) 34th; Kara Stonecypher (21:30.71) 46th; and Claire Scanga (21:38.05) was 53rd.
Other area teams also did well, with Carrboro’s former conference rival N.C. Science & Math winning the 2A boys’ championship with 59 points. Franklin (76) was second. Carrboro (93) was third, with Tomiwa Olufolabi taking 10th individually and James Jushchuk 11th.
In the 3A races, Chapel Hill, led by Collin Vilen’s 15:43.55 for fourth place, finished in fourth as a team. Jared Buddington (16:03.04) finished eighth to lead Cedar Ridge into fifth place.
Both Vilen and Buddington earned all-state honors for their top-10 finishes, as did Carrboro’s Araba and Morken and East Chapel Hill’s Ryan Brady.
Chapel Hill’s Jeffrey Williams (16:31.90), Drew Roeber (16:40.62) and Max Blackburn (16:41.40) finished in a pack, 10 seconds apart and all within the race’s top 50 finishers.
The CHHS girls finished sixth, while Northwood’s girls finished 12th.
Sophomore Regan Roeber led the young Chapel Hill girls’ team with a time of 19:49.65 for 27th.
Northwood’s Erin Nelson (19:52.93) and Chapel Hill’s Marija Crook (20:06.88), Shannon Mumper (20:23.46) and Rosie Kerwin (20:25.48) all made the top 50. Mumper is the lone senior on Chapel Hill’s girls’ varsity team.
Ninth-grader Adalyn Fleming (20:29.55) was the lone entry for Orange, finishing 52nd.
In the 4A, East Chapel Hill’s Brady clocked the fastest time of any local runner (15:33.46) to pace the Wildcats to seventh place in the boys’ race. Sophomore teammates Ethan Ready (16:24.52) and Connor McDonald (16:24.76) both finished in the top 50.
Claire McNamara, a ninth-grader, was the lone female entered from East Chapel Hill and earned 31st place with her time of 19:10.77.