Knights win conference title
Published 3:01 pm Thursday, October 26, 2023
The Terra Ceia Christian School varsity boys cross country team completed an undefeated season with a 1A-2A Mid-Atlantic Christian Athletic Association (MACAA) Championship Monday at the ECU North Recreational Complex in Greenville. The Knights outran 10 other teams for the title.
The team competed in 13 meets this season. With the exception of a few non-conference meets, each event had 8-11 boys teams competing and an average of 40 varsity runners.
At the conclusion of the championship race, the varsity team members were recognized for their efforts this season. Earning All-Conference and Top 10 finisher honors were: Troy Wright – 1st – 18:22 PR (personal record) and school record, Coby Alligood – 4th – 19:09, Tanner Carawan – 5th – 19:29 PR, Lawson Holland – 8th – 19:47 PR, and Levi Wright – 9th – 20:14 PR. Varsity team member Dustin Carrow placed 20th in 21:24. There were 51 varsity boys competing.
Terra Ceia had one varsity girl runner this season. Leah Harrison earned varsity All Conference and Top 10 Finisher honors. She finished seventh out of 31 girl runners in 24:56 which matched her PR & school record.
This was the first year Terra Ceia had middle school runners to compete in 3k races. MACAA doesn’t officially recognize team awards for this division. Individually, these runners consistently placed in the top five.
In the middle school boys’ race, Squires Tunstall finished sixth out of 32 boys in 12:19 which was a PR and set a new school record. Wesley Stowe finished eighth with a time of 12:51. In the girls’ middle school race, Emma Spinner placed second out of 15 runners in 13:25 setting a PR and school record. Chloe Alexander finished third in 14:14 with a new PR.
The team is coached by Brandi and Mark Cagle, Sam ‘Sampa’ Windley, and Bob Girani. Team Manager is Cathy ‘Grandma’ Windley.
“The final race was a culmination of the team’s persistence and experience they gained throughout the season,” assistant coach Mark Cagle said. “Their championship win was a demonstration of their rigorous training and their talent to endure suffering.”