Wesley Curles not only won his second consecutive state cross country meet Saturday, but the Trinity senior set a Class 3A state meet record.
Curles won the 5K race with a time of 16:08 at Oakville Indian Mounds Park, beating the previous record of 16:16 by Montgomery Academy’s Wallace Campbell in 2003.
“He’s put a lot of work into it,” Trinity coach Axel Borrero said of Curles. “When you’re with the same kid for the past few years, to see him on the course for the last time in his high school career … it’s hard to put in to words.
“It meant a lot to the team. He has been a cornerstone for the team.”
Montgomery Academy swept the Class 1A-2A boys and girls team championships.
Senior Taylor Gerard’s fourth-place finish in 19:37 led the girls, while junior Jack Anderson and sophomore Jack Barganier led the boys. Anderson was fourth in 17:05 and Barganier fifth in 17:11.
“We won state titles the past year or two … and this year, you just saw a lot more emotion from the boys and girls (teams),” MA coach Michael Floyd said. “They knew there were other quality teams in the race this year. To come out and actually do it, I think they were proud of what they accomplished.
“It’s just another thing to continue encouraging kids to be a part of the program. Tara Katz is in seventh grade, and was our No. 3 runner today. Hopefully it shows that no matter what age they are, they can be a vital part of a top notch program.”
In Class 3A girls, Catholic finished third, their highest placing at state, led by eighth-grader Katelyn Stark’s 11th-place finish.
In Class 4A boys, LAMP junior Noah Foster finished third in 16:42, and senior Thomas Lambert fourth in 16:55. The Golden Tigers were second in the team standings behind only Randolph.