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CC cross country at PHS

By Ryan Hanchett
Published in Sports on September 16, 2010 1:46 PM

PRINCETON -- Hattie Dougherty ran her fastest time of the cross country season during Princeton's first meet at Farmville Central.

Dougherty ran her second-best time of the season on her home course Wednesday against competition from the Carolina 1-A Conference.

The Bulldawgs' standout finished in first place with a time of 24 minutes and 41 seconds. Princeton parlayed Dougherty's performance into a second-place finish in the team standings with 34 points. Rosewood won the team event with 28 points, while Midway finished third with 58 points.

"Hattie has been doing a good job at practice and it showed today," said Princeton head coach Marty Gurganus. "She is a perfectionist so I know she still isn't happy with her time, but she was really running strong."

Goldsboro's Mikayla Huf finished second overall in 25:39. The Cougars did not have enough runners to record a team score.

Chloe Lamb paced Rosewood with a third-place individual finish in 26:01. Samantha Wilkins (29:09) led North Duplin with a sixth-place finish. Sydney Bowers crossed the line first for Spring Creek in 34:23 seconds.

Princeton won the boys' team event with 25 points. Rosewood (38), North Duplin (64) and Midway (83) rounded out the team standings.

"I think our guys have a lot of potential if they continue to work hard," said Gurganus. "We have been putting in the work at practice and our guys have continued to get better."

Rosewood's Nick Britt paced the boys field with a time of 18:40. Princeton's Will Toler claimed second-place honors seven seconds behind. Goldsboro's Bryan Johnson finished third in 19:01.

Caleb Day (21:21) led the North Duplin runners with an eighth-place finish. Gage Abbott paced Spring Creek in 23:29 seconds. Goldsboro and Spring Creek did not have enough runners to record a team score.

The Carolina 1-A Conference opponents meet again Sept. 22 at Rosewood.