TRINITY – Providence Grove won the girls’ and boys’ team championships for cross country in vastly different manners in the Piedmont Athletic Conference on Wheatmore’s 3.1-mile course last week.
The girls’ competition marked a tie between Providence Grove and Uwharrie Charter Academy with 34 points apiece using the five scoring runners from each team. The Patriots prevailed because their sixth runner came in 18th compared to UCA’s 30th place for its sixth runner.
The girls’ individual winner was Eastern Randolph’s Brecken Snotherly in 21 minutes, 38 seconds. Providence Grove had the next two finishers with Jensen Auman (23:33) and Mia Browder (23:51) before UCA’s Jazmin Palma (24:07).
In the boys’ race, Providence Grove with 21 points was well ahead of UCA’s 69.
Robert Burton of Providence Grove was the individual winner in 19:04. That gave him a 47-second edge on Trinity’s Jose Castillo.
Providence Grove’s Kaden Shoptaw (19:52) and Kelton Shoptaw (19:53) held the next two spots.
At Monroe, Caroline Wright shot 75 to win the Class 1-A/2-A Central Regional at Stonebridge Golf Club.
That helped Providence Grove win the regional team title.
Morgan Hilig with 95 and Anna Holloway with 111 were the other scorer for the Patriots. They all qualified for this week’s state tournament.
Eastern Randolph’s Mackenzie Gee (95, tied for eighth) and Madison Canoy (109, tied for 15th) also qualified for states.
In Class 3-A, Asheboro qualified for state tournament by placing second in the Central Regional at Whispering Springs River Course.
Salem Lee of Asheboro shot 76 to place second in the regional. Morgan Coward (109) and Addison Allen (110) were the other Blue Comets.
All three Randolph County entrants were eliminated in the first round of the dual team state playoffs.
In Class 2-A, PAC champion Wheatmore was the No. 9 seed in the West Region and lost 8-1 to No. 8 seed Shelby. Second-seeded Lincoln Charter eliminated No. 15 seed Southwestern Randolph 5-2 despite victories from Andee Bullard and Sammie Parks.
In Class 1-A, top-seeded Mount Airy blanked No. 16 seed Uwharrie Charter Academy 6-0.