Eastern Alamance cross country standouts Andrew Parker and Laila Anderson will make their way to Kernersville this coming weekend, where they will represent the Eagles at the NCHSAA 3A state cross country championships. Parker, a freshman, and Anderson, a sophomore, are the lone Eagles that qualified for the state championship races, which will be held at the Ivey Redmon Sports Complex.
This past weekend, EAHS traveled to Pittsboro to compete in the NCHSAA Mideast Regionals. A total of 13 runners - seven male and six female - participated in the Regional championship races.
Anderson led the way for the Eagles women runners by placing 23rd overall in the Regionals, with a run of 21 minutes, 1.87 seconds. Although it wasn’t the best performance of the season for Anderson, she had already qualified for the state championship race due to multiple stellar performances earlier in the year.
Three other EAHS women’s runners - freshmen Audrey Hupman and Adrianna Glancy, and sophomore Grace Dobson - managed to finish in the top half of the 114-runner field. Hupman placed 38th overall (21 minutes, 44.80 seconds), Glancy placed 54th (23 minutes, 13.69 seconds), and Dobson placed 57th (23 minutes, 39.01 seconds). Other EAHS finishers in the race included junior Isabella Miller (96th place, 26 minutes, 47.15 seconds), and sophomore Josie Gonzalez (109th place, 28 minutes, 49.72 seconds).
As a team, the Eagles finished eighth overall out of 15 teams. Although EAHS beat out Mid-State Conference rivals such as Western Alamance and Rockingham in the final rankings, they were well behind first place Chapel Hill - who dominated the competition with five of the top ten overall finishers - and league foe Northern Guilford, who finished second overall.
In the men’s race, Parker placed 16th overall in the 134-runner field, coming in with a time of 17 minutes, 24.49 seconds. Senior Jahdiel Dinarte came in 35th overall (18 minutes, 11.01 seconds), Parker and Dinarte were the only two EAHS runners to finish in the top half of the pack, but all of the Eagles runners managed to place in the top 100.
Other EAHS runners to complete the men’s Regional race includes freshman Benny Salvatore (87th place, 20 minutes, 15.76 seconds), seniors Ryan and Alex Catalano (89th and 90th places, 20 minutes, 23.51 seconds and 20 minutes, 28.60 seconds), junior Cullen Justice (20 minutes, 54.38 seconds), and junior Ivan Castillo (100th place, 20 minutes, 56.81 seconds).
Parker and Anderson are each part of seven individual runners from the Mideast Region to earn a spot in the state finals. And with multiple years remaining each at Eastern High, both will have a chance to qualify for the NCHSAA state championships all four years of their respective high school careers.