Titan girls come up just short at state cross country championships

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 8, 2018

Reutinger finishes 10th and earns all-state honors; Boys team finishes in eighth place

By Marc Pruitt
For the Clemmons Courier

It was another near miss for the West Forsyth girl’s cross-country team in last Saturday’s NCHSAA 4-A state championship meet at Ivey Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville.

The Titans ran strong and placed four runners in the top 26 but could not match the firepower of Cardinal Gibbons, which won its ninth straight state title and finished with 43 points. Gibbons placed all five of its scoring runners in the top 15.

West finished with 81 points and had an all-state performance from sophomore Bailey Reutinger, who placed tenth was the first Titan to cross the finish line with a time of 19 minutes, 7.14 seconds.

Sophomore Eliza Broce finished 13th in 19:13.64, sophomore Kendall Phillips finished 21st in 19:39:15,  freshman Shelby Lowder finished 26th in 19:48.55, and senior Zavera Basrai was 46th in 20:11.66.

The boys team finished in eighth place with 228 points. All five scoring runners finished the 3.1-mile course in under 17 minutes, 30 seconds.

Junior Will Atkins was the top Titan, finishing in 15th place in 16:20.68.

Sophomore Jeremy Eldredge was 51st (17:04.78), senior Brock Newsome was 66th *17:14.74), sophomore Jackson Nichols was 70th (17:15.77), and sophomore Cole Meixsell was 87th (17:27.20).

Both teams will return four of their top five runners next season.