Cuthbertson girls, Weddington boys win SCC X/C Meets

Weddington's Kyle Durham won the SCC Cross Country Meet. (Photo by Doug Hague)

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A one-two finish by senior Sarah LaTour and freshman Madeline Hill allowed Cuthbertson High to edge rival Weddington High 32-34 at the Southern Carolina Conference Cross Country Meet on Oct. 17.

In the boys’ race, Weddington junior Kyle Durham won the individual title in a winning time of 16:01.20 and all five Warriors’ runners finished in the top eight as Weddington defeated Cuthbertson 23-54 for the boys’ team championship.

LaTour turned in a sizzling 18:12.90 to win the event while Hill was second in a time of 18:22.20. Weddington runners Sarah Bechtel (18:23.40) and Sydney Burke (18:38.80) finished third and fourth, respectively.

Cuthbertson’s Gabriella Castro and Kaitlyn St. Hilaire finished in eighth and ninth place, respectively. Castro finished in a time of 19:12.10 while St. Hilaire crossed in 19:13.10. Cuthbertson freshman Tori Bridgforth was the fifth Cavaliers runner to cross in 12th place in a time of 19:36.10

Weddington’s Anna Brown took sixth place in a time of 19:04.30 while teammate Anna Davis finished in 10th place in a time of 19:22.20. Ilana Thommen took 13th place for the Warriors in a time of 19:40.60.

Parkwood senior Anna Bristle took seventh (19:10.30) in the girls’ race.

“The girls race, we knew it was going to be super close,” said Cuthbertson cross country coach Kirk Walsh. “We have raced Weddington four or five times this year. We have won a couple and they have won a couple. We knew it was going to come down to one position. We told the girls out there that you have to assume that if you flip one runner, or you get flipped by one runner, that is going to be the difference in the race. If one green jersey (Weddington) had got past one of ours, we lose.”

Weddington’s Will Mazur took third in the boys’ race with a 16:05.90 while Jackson O’Hara (16:28.70) and Stephen Larson (16:45.30) finished in fifth and sixth place, respectively, for the Warriors. Weddington sophomore Jake Toomey finished in eighth-place in a time of 16:46.00.

Cuthbertson’s Andrew Kiss finished second overall, finishing just over a second behind Durham with a 16:02.30. The Cavaliers’ Davis Seik also recorded a top 10 finish when he crossed in 10th place in 16:53.30.

The Class 3A Midwest Regional Cross Country Meet will be run on Saturday, Oct. 28 at McAlpine Greenway Park in Charlotte.

Southern Carolina Conference Cross Country Meet


  1. Kyle Durham Weddington 16:01.20

2. Andrew Kiss Cuthbertson 16:02.30

3. Will Mazur Weddington 16:05.90

4. John Ciprich Piedmont 16:07.50

5. Jackson O’Hara Weddington 16:28.70

6. Stephen Larson Weddington 16:45.30

7. Andrew Santos Charlotte Catholic 16:45.70

8. Jake Toomey Weddington 16:46.00

9. Dante McCree Charlotte Catholic 16:51.40

10. Davis Seik Cuthbertson 16:53.30


  1. Sarah LaTour Cuthbertson 18:12.90
  2. Madeline Hill Cuthbertson 18:22.20
  3. Sarah Bechtel Weddington 18:23.40
  4. Sydney Burke Weddington 18:38.80
  5. Jaeden Phelix Piedmont 18:42.20
  6. Anna Brown Weddington 19:04.30
  7. Anna Bristle Parkwood 19:10.30
  8. Gabriella Castro Cuthbertson 19:12.10
  9. Kaitlyn St. Hilaire Cuthbertson 19:13.10
  10. Anna Davis Weddington 19:22.20
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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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