Cross Country Roundup: Cuthbertson’s LaTour Posts Two Wins

Cuthbertson's Sarah LaTour is one of the top distance runners in the state.

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Sarah LaTour was a double winner last week as the Cuthbertson cross country runner won the Union County Championship on Sept. 19 and the Hare and Hounds Invitational at McAlpine Creek in Charlotte on Saturday, Sept. 23.

LaTour won the Hare and Hounds race in an impressive 18:19.22 and she was one of four Cuthbertson runners in the top 20 in the Championship Division as the Cavaliers won the team title.

Madeline Hill finished in sixth place overall in a time of 18:42.93. Cavaliers Kaitlyn St. Hilaire crossed in 13th place (19:10.86) while Gabriella Castro crossed in 20th place (19:35.60).

Parkwood senior Anna Bristle also had a top 10 finish when she crossed in eighth-place in a time of 18:47.39.

In the boys’ Championship Division, Cuthbertson’s Andrew Kiss had a top 10 finish when the senior finished in ninth place in a time of 16:08.54. The Cuthbertson boys finished in fifth place in the team standings.

Union County Championships

Weddington High swept the Union County Cross Country Championships on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

Led by a first-place finish by junior Kyle Durham, the Weddington boys ran away with a 24-63 victory over second-place Cuthbertson. Piedmont was third with 92 points.

The Weddington girls placed all five runners in the top 10 to hold off second-place Cuthbertson 36-38 to win the girls’ title.

Durham won the boys’ race in a time of 16:10.81 as Weddington placed all five of its runners in the top eight spots. Will Mazur finished third overall in 16:24.98 while Jake Toomey (16:26.94) and Stephen Larson (16:30.58) finished in fifth and sixth-place, respectively. Warriors junior Jackson O’Hara rounded out the scoring with an eighth-place finish in 16:34.

Cuthbertson senior Andrew Kiss finished in second-place overall in a time of 16:19.41.

Cuthbertson senior Sarah LaTour won the girls’ race in a time of 18:23.00 while Cavaliers freshman Madeline Hill took second in 18:31.20. Parkwood’s Anna Bristle finished third overall in a time of 18:39.80.

But Weddington won the girls’ team title as the Warriors took five of the next seven spots.

Weddington junior Sarah Bechtel finished in fourth place in a time of 18:43.40 while teammate Sydney Burke crossed in fifth place in a time of 18:57.00. Nico Brown finished in eighth place in 19:28.90 while the Warriors’ Anna Davis (19:29.30) and Anna Brown (19:35.90) finished in ninth and 10th-place, respectively.

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Paul Nielsen
Nielsen was a sports writer for what is now the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for nearly 32 years before moving to North Carolina in February 2016. At the Democrat-Gazette, Nielsen's primary responsibility was beat coverage for Rogers High School. Rogers is a Class 7A school located in Northwest Arkansas.
Nielsen, a University of Arkansas graduate, covered the Northwest Arkansas Naturals Minor League Baseball team from 2008-2015. The Naturals are the Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
Nielsen has experience covering University of Arkansas athletics, including NCAA Tournament basketball games and several football bowl games. He also covered amateur and professional golf tournaments in Northwest Arkansas.
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