Vikings run away with cross country challenge title
The Daily Reflector
Saturday, September 21, 2019
The D.H. Conley boys' cross country team walked away in the top spot in Wednesday’s event, finishing with 25 points. J.H. Rose finished third with 69 points.
Landon Williams (18 minutes, 26 seconds) pulled away late to take the top overall spot. DHC also placed eight runners in the top 11.
The Vikings' girls' team was second behind New Bern with 32 points. DHC was led by Annika Stoakes (22:15), who was second behind Hana Smith of New Bern.
On Saturday, one week before the Bo Run, Conley's boys won the invitational division of the prestigous adidas cross country challenge in Cary.
Seth McKinney ran a personal-best time of 16:32 to finish sixth in the race. Also in the top-20 for the Vikings, who outpaced runner-up Wake Forest by 100 points, were Peyton Walters (13th, 16:51), Nathan Geyer (14th, 16:52), Owen Thorndike (15th, 16:52) and Jalen Wilson (19th, 17:00).
The Viking girls took ninth place. Stoakes was Conley's top runner, placing 28th in a time of 21:53.
J.H. Rose's girls' tennis team picked up a big 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference win earlier in the week over crosstown rival D.H. Conley.
Picking up wins in singles for JHR were Maryah Stokes (No. 1), Ginger Evans (No. 2), Cecilia Richardson (No. 3), Kelli Melvin (No. 4) and Murphy Fisher (No. 6). Annika Ross (No. 5) had the lone singles victory for the Vikings.
The teams of Melvin and Fisher (No. 1), Jayme Goldman and Anna Vaughn (No. 2) and Ella Jones and Mary Grace Philpot (No. 3) led Rose to a sweep in doubles play.
Coastal Christian 3, Parrott Academy 2
Parrott Academy (12-2) protested its loss to Coastal Christian from Wednesday evening.
Coastal Christian won 23-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-14 and 18-16. The NCISAA protest committee did find that an incorrect call was made by officials at the game, but it decided not to overturn the game, so the result will stand.
Alli Grant Avery (29 kills, two blocks), Virginia Edmondson (21 digs, 19 service points) and Jorja Tuten (nine digs, two aces) led the way for the Patriots.
D.H. Conley 3, Rocky Mount 0
Conley recorded its third straight win when it swept Rocky Mount 25-5, 25-16 and 25-9.
Leading the way for DHC were Alexis Desoto, Sara Dees and Ella Philpot with eight kills each. Olivia Lefever had 19 assists, and Olivia Hunt four aces.
Oakwood 3, STMA 0
Sydney Martin earned player of the match, dishing out 17 assists with 13 digs in Oakwood's sweep.
Macey Robinette had eight kills and seven digs. BreAnna McMillan contributed five kills, seven assists and six digs. Kennedy Rhodes had six kills, three aces and two blocks.
D.H. Conley 2, Rocky Mount 0
Conley had no issues taking down Rocky Mount on Wednesday, 25-11 and 25-12.
Alyssa Thomas (nine kills), Cassie Dail (five kills) and Carson Corey (16 assists) all had strong outings in the win.
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