Avery High School’s cross country team hosted a meet on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at MacRae Meadows on Grandfather Mountain. Teams participating were Rosman, Madison, Mountain Heritage and Mitchell high schools. Avery Middle School and Cranberry Middle School also had runners competing in the two-mile middle school race.

Both Avery’s male and female teams finished in first place overall in the meet. Rosman’s Carson Abram won the boys race with a time of 20:41. Avery’s Ethan Shell finished runner-up, with a time of 20:53. Owen Ward claimed a fourth-place title with a time of 22:28, followed by Ayden Ray, Noah Holtsclaw, Ben Jordan, Blake Krege and Ryan Ingham.

Avery’s Kathyrn Haas won the girls meet with a time of 22:43, followed by Mountain Heritage’s Lynlee Johnson with a time of 22:53. Brook Cheuvront followed close behind with a time of 24:41. Other top girl runners from Avery were Josie Naumowich, Maddie Barrett and Lydia Crosby.

Avery Cross Country team followed its Grandfather Mountain event by traveling back to Madison High School for its next competition. Once again, both Avery girls and boys teams won the meet.

Avery’s Ray won the meet with a time of 22:05. Shell came in fourth with a time of 22:55, followed by Jordan, Holtsclaw, Ingham, Ward and Krege.

Avery’s Haas won the Girls Meet with a time of 23:55, followed by Cheuvront in second place with a time of 25:00. Naumowich, Madden Lorraine and Dayla Young were other top Avery runners.

On Saturday, Sept. 25, the team traveled to Freedom High School for an Invitational Meet.

The Avery girls team ran with impressive times, finishing fifth overall out of 15 teams. All Avery girls earned personal bests in their times. Finishing 13th overall was Haas with a time of 20:53. Cheuvront also ran a personal best with a time of 21:33, finishing 21st overall.

The girls team is currently ranked 12th in the state out of 1A cross country teams based on NC MileSplit times.

The Avery boys team also ran with impressive times, earning personal bests for their records. Viking senior Ethan Shell finished with an all-time best time of 19:00, while freshman teammate Owen Ward ran with a time of 19:34.

The team will travel to Draughn High School on Tuesday, Sept. 28, for its next meet.

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