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Britt, Johnson make top 10

By From staff reports
Published in Sports on November 1, 2010 1:47 PM

BURGAW -- Friendly rivals Nick Britt and Bryan Johnson will continue their season-long duel one final time next Saturday.

The two outstanding distance runners have qualified for the season-ending, N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A boys' cross country state championship meet in Kernersville.

Britt, a junior at Rosewood, recorded a sixth-place finish of 18 minutes, 10-seconds during the Mideast Regional contested Saturday at Pender High School. A junior at Goldsboro, Johnson logged a ninth-place time of 18:33 on the 5K course.

North Duplin's Caleb Day qualified individually with a 16th-place effort of 19:44.

Rosewood just missed qualifying as a team by one point.

N.C. School of Science and Math claimed the team championship with 34 points, followed by Raleigh Charter (51), Princeton (93) and Red Springs (119).

Sophomore Daniel Toler led Princeton with a 13th-place time of 19:25. Teammates Quinn Dougherty and Matt Edwards crossed the line in 17th and 18th, respectively. Lane Dougherty (21st) and Jonathan Croom (26th) completed the Dogs' team scoring.

On the girls' side, the Eagles -- like the boys -- just missed carrying their entire team to the state championship meet. The Eagles will send Kasie Elliott, Christine Conger and Chloee Lamb.

Princeton, led by senior Hattie Doherty, took third in the team competition behind regional champ NCCSM and Raleigh Charter. Pender edged Rosewood by two points to claim the final team spot.

Doherty broke the tape in 22:42, which was good enough for sixth place. Teammates Taylor Smith (19th), Abby Rubio (20th), Sarah Toler (25th) and Harlie Silvernail (32nd) also contributed to the Dogs' score.

Goldsboro junior Mikayla Huf (13th) and North Duplin freshman Samantha Wilkins (18th) qualified as individuals.