Sports briefs: Oct. 30

October 28, 2013 

West runners qualify for 4A state finals

West Johnston standouts Becca Meshaw and Kyle Christ qualified for this weekend’s NCHSAA 4A cross country state championships as individuals on Saturday at WakeMed Park. They were the only local 4A runners to make it out of the difficult 4A mideast regional, which included both state team championship favorites and several leading state title individual contenders.

Meshaw placed 12th among girls runners in 19 minutes, 12.97 seconds. Christ finished 13th in the boys race in 15:46.04.

Garner’s Justin Burkey (22nd in 16:21.74), West’s Adam Greco (45th in 16:57.94) and Southeast Raleigh runners Jayquan Williams (37th, 16:48.23) and Jason Putman (42nd in 16:54.78) finished in the boys’ top 50.

Clayton’s lead runner was Alex Roy, finishing in 17:33.7 for 64th place.

Southeast was ninth in the team standings with 289 points and West Johnston finished 10th (314). Broughton won the boys title with just 24 points.

West’s Robin Pollard finished 24th in the girls race (19:54.3) and teammate Lauren Hermane finished 39th. Clayton’s Carmen Tormey finished 44th (20:38.67), two spots ahead of teammate Kaelin Amaya (20:40.19).

Eboni Robinson led Southeast Raleigh in 60th place. Garner’s Zenaida Ayala finished in 25:00.49.

West’s girls were seventh in the team standings with 208 points. Clayton took 12th. Green Hope won the regional with 36 points.

NCS runner finishes fifth in regional

Neuse Charter School standout Marika Samuelsson finished fifth in the 1A Mideast regional cross country meet at WakeMed Park on Saturday, earning an individual bid to the state championships in Kernersville. Samuelsson clocked in at 21:13.

Princeton’s girls cross country team just missed out on a team berth in the state finals finishing fifth in the Mideast regional at WakeMed Park. The Bulldogs finished with 129 points, three behind Whiteville for the final team berth.

Neuse Charter almost had two runners in the state finals, but Sara Stephenson finished 11th (21:56), a spot behind Rosewood’s Ashley Duran for the fifth and final individual bid.

Newport Croatan swept both regional titles.

Dixon advances to state final eight

Cleveland freshman Victoria Dixon advanced to the state 3A girls tennis quarterfinals in singles play Friday at the Burlington Tennis Center.

Dixon defeated Claudia Steffey of Gastonia Ashbrook in the first round, 6-3, 6-0, but fell to Helen Zang (Fayetteville Terry Sanford), 6-4, 6-1, in the state semifinals.

Dixon was the Two Rivers 3A Conference individual champion this season.

Neuse Charter to host wheelchair basketball teams

Students and staff from Neuse Charter School will host the Raleigh Thunder wheelchair basketball teams for games at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29. The games, which will feature NCS staff and students playing against the Thunder adult and junior teams, will raise funds for community outreach. Admission is $5 plus a canned good item.

Fellowship basketball league now open

Registration for the ninth season of the Johnston County Men’s Fellowship Basketball League is open. The 12-team league features an entry fee of $500 per team for players age 15 and up. The league will include a cash prize for the championship team and best-of-three conference and championship finals. All games will be played at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center. For more info, contact Steve Sanders at 919-793-4858 or 919-934-2005.

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