The St. Joseph’s girls cruised to their fourth consecutive Class A girls cross country state championship Saturday at Sandhills Research Center.
The St. Joseph’s boys repeated, giving the Knights a sweep for the second year in a row.
Seventh-grader Annika Bissinger led the way for the girls team, winning the individual title in 18 minutes, 40 seconds.
Bissinger was joined on the all-state squad by teammates Sara Catherine Masaschi (third, 19:09), Carol Lewis (fourth, 20:01), Bernadette Williams (ninth, 20:35), Bailey Mullins (13th, 20:49) and Hannah White (14th, 20:50). And Emma Wetenhall was 16th in 20:57.
“They make me so proud, and they welcomed me, and I’m just so happy that I’m on the team now,” Bissinger said.
“It’s a great group of girls,” Knights coach Marie Kernell said. “It’s so much fun. It never gets old.”
The St. Joseph’s boys won the title by two points over Christ Church.
“That’s why we’re as good as we are, because they’re as good as they are, and we’re pushing each other,” Knights coach George Carr said.
The Knights had five on the all-state team: Ford McCoy (third, 16:48), Luke Lepak (sixth, 17:03), Carter Powell (eighth, 17:07), Nathan Petrofes (10th, 17:20) and Patrick Houdak (15th, 17:43). Also for St. Joseph’s, Connor Vogt finished in 17:48 and Joseph Kiser in 18:22.
Among the others on the Class A boys all-state team were Christ Church’s James Quattlebaum (first, 15:15), Walker Cullen (fourth, 16:53), Worth Gentry (12th, 17:27), A.J. McCallum (13th, 17:29) and Alex Goldsmith (14th, 17:39) and Brashier Middle College’s Bradley Garrett (seventh, 17:06).
Among the others on the Class A girls all-state team were Christ Church’s Kendal Kipper (10th, 20:39) and Brashier Middle College’s Yianna Kyriacou (15th, 20:52).