AREA ROUNDUP: Ladybirds’ Jimenez takes girls race in 3-A Big East meet

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ROCKY MOUNT -— Southern Nash junior Jadiza Jimenez won the girls race in Wednesday’s 3-A Big East Conference cross-country meet at North Carolina Wesleyan College, but the Rocky Mount girls and Northern Nash boys teams continued their domination.

Jimenez completed the 5-kilometer course in 20 minutes, 42.31 seconds, more than seven seconds ahead of runner-up Elana Griffin of Northern Nash. Fike had three runners finish in the top 10, led by freshman Cecilia Johnson, who was fifth in 23:16.44 and just ahead of classmate Willa Boyer (23:16.44). Lady Demons junior Olivia Jernigan was ninth in 24:08.78 while the other counting times for Fike were sophomores Blair Boyette (17th, 25:19.69) and Raegan Fulghum (21st, 25:57.41).

The Lady Gryphons, paced by juniors Clara Lord (22:43.47) and Zahnetta Wilkins (22:54.18) in third and fourth, respectively, totaled 40 points to win. Fike was second with 55, followed by Northern Nash (78), Southern Nash (90) and Franklinton (92). Hunt, which didn’t have enough runners for a team score, was led by Carolina Vasquez in 10th place in 24:18.03. Sophomore Larissa Hosier finished 19th in 25:45.02 for the Lady Warriors.

In the boys race, Southern Nash’s Shamir Small and Hunter Issette finished second and third, respectively, behind winner Justin Marshall of Northern Nash. Marshall crossed the line in 17:06.69 while Small’s time was 17:39.00 and Issette clocked in at 18:00.06.

The Knights collected 30 points to handily subdue runner-up Southern Nash with 50. Rocky Mount was third with 80 points, followed by Hunt (96), Fike (107) and Franklinton (153).

Senior Amando Robles led the Demons, placing sixth in 18:15.53, while Hunt junior David Cardenas was right behind him in seventh with a time of 18:24.81. Hunt junior Caleb Daniels came in 14th in 19:22.15.

The final regular-season conference meet is Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Southern Nash, with the conference championship meet set for the following Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Red Oak Middle School.


Tigers thump KIPP in 1st conference win

In its first season as a North Carolina High School Athletic Association member, Wilson Prep took a big step toward its first conference championship Wednesday with a 9-0 boys soccer defeat of visiting KIPP Pride of Gaston.

The Tigers and Pride are the only two schools in the 1-A Tar Roanoke Conference to field boys soccer teams. Rocky Mount Prep started the season with a team but lost too many players to continue. Wilson Prep will host KIPP again Thursday, when another win for the Tigers will lock up the Tar Roanoke title.

Junior Alberto Herrera poured in four goals to lead Wilson Prep. He scored twice in the first half as the Tigers, now 4-2-2, built a 6-0 lead. Herrera also added an assist.

Devyn Bullock scored two goals and had an assist for Wilson Prep while Dashaun Williams netted a goal and an assist. Malik Bryant and Leo Giddens each had a goal while Magesty Felder, Nick Hyman and Bryant doled out two assists each.

Wilson Prep sophomore goalkeeper Cameron Bryant made five saves in recording the shutout.


Lady Warriors win Big East championship

The Hunt High volleyball team clinched the 3-A Big East Conference championship by dominating visiting Franklinton 25-21, 25-6 on Wednesday.

The 17th consecutive win boosted the Lady Warriors to 9-0 in the league and to 18-1 overall. Hunt, described by coach Matt Lemmons as a fun group with phenomenal energy, bids for a perfect conference season at archrival Fike at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Spearing Wednesday’s victory were Bailey Kirby, Nathaly Castillo and Stella Borders with their serving. Taylor Ferrell and Madelyn Ellis led the hitting. Lemmons commended the hustle play of libero Ashton Frazier.