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KERNERSVILLE — Despite not posting his best time of the season, Beddingfield High freshman Kamare Watson signaled his intent to be a force over the next three years with a top-20 finish Saturday at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A cross-country championships.
Watson, just a freshman, finished the 5-kilometer course at Ivey Redmon Park in 16 minutes, 51.7 seconds — nearly 25 seconds slower than his season-best 16:26 to finish third at the 2-A East Regional meet Oct. 28 — to place 18th out of 185 runners. Watson, the Eastern Plains Conference champion, was the first ninth-grader to cross the finish line out of the 18 listed freshman runners.
In the girls championship race, Lady Bruins junior Mikaela Taylor finished 128th in the 169-runner field with a time of 22:50.44, which surpassed her showing in the East Regional meet by nearly eight seconds.
Nathan Richards of Franklin won the state 2-A boys individual title with a time of 16:05.70, a little more than five seconds ahead of runner-up Brandon Miller of West Wilkes.
North Lincoln with all five of its scoring runners in the top 20 clipped Kill Devil Hills First Flight for the team championship in the boys race. First Flight, which had three finishers in the top 6, posted 69 points to 58 for victorious North Lincoln.
On the girls side, Lake Norman Charter rode the 1-2 finish of Mariah Howlett (18:03.43) and Izzy Every (18:07.57) to win the team title with 66, thus preventing a North Lincoln sweep. The Lady Knights placed three in the top 6 to take second place with 74 points.
KERNERSVILLE — Junior Isabel Reed of Hunt and senior Deshawn Owens of C.B. Aycock each finished in the top 100 of their respective races Saturday at the NCHSAA 3-A championships at Ivey Redmon Park.
Reed, the Wilson County champion and Big East Conference runner-up, finished in in 93rd place out of 178 runners with a time of 21:02.75. That time was well off the 20:08.00 pace Reed had in finishing eighth in the 3-A East Regional meet a week earlier.
Owens, who won the Wayne County boys championship earlier this season, also fell short of his regional time as he completed Saturday’s race in 17:27.28, some 27 seconds off the pace he set in finishing 10th at the regional meet when he set a CBA record.
Chapel Hill, buoyed by the runner-up finish of Katherine Dokholyan, won the girls team championship with 62 points, edging out second-place Waxhaw Cuthbertson with 71 points and Weddington in third place with 74 points.
Behind senior Cameron Ponder, the individual boys champion with a time of 15:19.77, Mount Tabor handily won the team title with 72 points while Weddington was a distant second with 110 points.