The Scotland High School men’s and women’s cross country teams continued to show their improvement during the 2011 season this past weekend, as both teams posted strong showings at South View High School in Hope Mills, N.C., on Oct. 29 at the state’s 4-A East Regional Meet.
The men’s team finished 14th overall, three spots higher than their 2010 finish, while the women’s team posted a 17th place finish, four spots better than last season.
Kendall Romaine and Cori Newton led their respective Scotland teams in the meet, with both placing 57th overall for the men’s and women’s squads.
The men’s team posted a team score of 404 points at the meet, with an average finish of 18:37.96 at the 5k race.
“The boys finished their season Saturday with a strong showing at Regionals,” Scotland head coach David Brooks said. “They improved three spots from last year’s finish and improved their average time as a team by more than a minute. The future of the cross country program looks bright as five of the top-7 runners are underclassmen. Kendall Romaine and Brandon Gibson finished as the 15th and 23rd ranked sophomores overall. John Holloway, Jared Torgerson, and Logan Ward finished as the 11th, 14th, and 16th freshman overall Saturday.”
The women’s squad recorded a team score of 445 points with an average finish of 24:40.
“The girls also finished their season Saturday with a strong showing at Regionals,” Brooks said. “They improved four spots from last year’s finish and improved their average time as a team by 20 seconds. Although we lose two strong seniors in Cori Newton and Marina Baranik, the future of the girls’ program is bright, as they will be led next year by Sydney Faulk. Sydney ran the eighth best time by a freshman on Saturday.”
For the men’s meet, Romaine led the Scots’ charge with a time of 19:04.76, finishing just 37 seconds ahead of teammate Andrew Tietjen who placed 83rd (18:41.00) overall.
Gibson (18:44.00), Holloway (18:45.00) and Torgerson (18:55.00) also scored in the Scots’ top-5, finishing 86th, 87th and 95th overall.
Asher Strickland and Logan Ward rounded out Scotland’s leading runners, posting finishes of 19:02 for Strickland for 97th overall, and 19:15 for Ward who placed 107th.
For the women’s team, Newton paced the Lady Scots’ field with a 57th place finish, running the meet in a time of 22:07.00.
Faulk was the only other Lady Scot to finish inside the top-100, placing 73rd with a time of 22:56.00.
Courtney Poole (25:06.00), Bree Johnson (26:19.00) and Marina Baranik (26:52.00) rounded out Scotland’s finishers with 104th, 121st and 127th place finishes.
The meet ends a 2011 season that saw both teams finish second overall in the Southeastern Conference, with Brooks earning the league’s Coach of the Year honor for the men’s team.
Romaine, Holloway, Gibson, Newton and Faulk were named to the all-SEC team for their efforts this year.