Pam Pack, Panthers runners compete in Bo Run

Published 4:52 pm Monday, September 26, 2022

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Well over 300 girls and boys cross country runners converged on D.H. Conley HS in Winterville for the 18th edition of the Bo Run, a 5K fundraiser named in memory of former Vikings cross country captain and baseball player, Bo Thompson, who was killed in an auto accident coming home from a school football game.

“We have competed almost, if not every, year they’ve held this event,” WHS coach Dawn Landen said. “We were running in it before I started in 2011 and I’ve heard about it before that. The competition is outstanding as teams from all around the East and a few from the Raleigh area are here, the course is outstanding and very well maintained, the weather is cooler since we run in the morning and it’s a great way to support another school’s fundraising efforts.”

Both the boys and girls had an invitational and a separate championship 5K race.

Northside sophomore Andrew Harding finished ninth in the boys championship in 16:46.41, while teammate Mason Newman was ninth in the invitational in 18:22.68.

Washington sophomore Trey Hudson led the Pack with a 43rd place finish in the invitational (20:44.25), while junior Braxton Woolard was 46th in 20:49.63. The WHS boys were ninth out of 17 teams.

Bryce Cummings, Tate Tucker, Wyatt Campbell and Michael Allen Gerard also participated for WHS.

Junior Hailey Broadwell was 17th in the girls invitational in 23:29.21, while sophomore Jessica Conner finished 20th in 23:42.99. Lydia Smith, Reagan Fisher, Avery Thomas and Jasmine Figueroa also competed as the girls finished fifth out of six in the team competition.