Sports Briefs: Pinecrest Harriers Claim Perfection
The Pinecrest boys’ and girls’ cross country teams each posted a perfect score of 15 in Wednesday’s Southeastern Conference tri-meet held at Purnell Swett.
Twenty-four of the 27 Patriot boys and nine of the 16 Patriot girls posted seasonal best times in the competition that also included Richmond Senior.
Senior Will Pearson (16:26) led a pack of six Patriot runners who broke 17 minutes in the 5K race. Junior Katie Hayes (21:15) won the girls’ race.
The next nine finishers in the girls’ race were also Patriots, including Jennie Cunningham (21:16), Jaleigh Jensen (21:17), Rachel Von Cannon (21:20), Zia Matti (21:41), Kelsey Rea (21:57), Mary Katherine Johnston (22:56), Sarah Klug (23:05), Mulloy Manning (23:13) and Jordan Edmondson (23:23).
The next conference meet is on Tuesday at Britt Park in Lumberton.
Viking Girls Undefeated
The Union Pines girls’ tennis team didn’t drop a game in taking a 9-0 conference win at Gray’s Creek Wednesday.
Laura Cameron picked up two wins, and is now 93-17 in her career at Union Pines. She is No. 30 on the school’s career win list.
Union Pines is 9-0 in the Cape Fear Valley Conference and 12-0 overall. The Vikings travel to Southern Lee on Monday for another conference matchup.
Union Pines 9 Gray’s Creek 0
Singles — Mary Beth Jackson (UP) defeated Nicole McLaughlin 8-0; Melissa Tally (UP) def. Kim Cashwell 8-0; Laura Cameron (UP) def. Donna Baxley 8-0; Elena D’Argenio (UP) def. Andrea Harbin 8-0; Megan Smith (UP) def. Lupe Fields 8-1; Kailee Southworth (UP) def. Caleigh Cheatum 8-0.
Doubles — Jackson-Tally (UP) def. McLaughlin-Cashwell 8-0; Cameron-D’Argenio (UP) def. Baxley-Harbin 8-0; Audrey Van Arsdale-Maddie Walden (UP) def. Fields-Cheatum 8-0.
UP Sweeps in Cross Country
The Union Pines Viking cross country teams claimed a clean sweep in a 3-A Cape Fear Valley Conference meet Wednesday at Kiwanis Park in Sanford.
With an impressive total of 25 points, the Vike boys bested second place Overhills by eight points. Southern Lee tallied an 86 to take third, and Western Harnett rounded out the quad-school league race with 96 points.
For Union Pines, five runners placed in the top 11 at the meet. Leading the way for the Vikings was sophomore Ben White, placing second with a time of 18:50.99 in the 5K race. Freshman Wade Benton placed third (18:52.74), followed directly by his Union Pines’ sophomore teammate Nick Campbell (19:00.74) in the fourth spot. Junior Ira VanPelt posted a time of 19:17.23 to place sixth and sophomore Shane Medlin rounded out the Union Pines top five with a 19:58.72 to place 11th.
In the girls’ 5K-run, the Lady Vikings placed five runners in the top 10 to tally a winning score of 33 and earn their second straight CFVC victory over Overhills, which scored a 37 to take the runner-up spot. Southern Lee’s girls placed third in the tri-school league meet with a tally of 60.
Sophomore Abby Verchick ran a 20:40.36 to lead Union Pines with a third-place finish. Next to cross the line for the Vikes in fifth place was freshman Kealee Morris (23:13.06), followed directly by sophomore Miriam Hoppmann (23:29:54.) Rounding out the top-five spots for Union Pines were juniors Joe Kelly (24:33.02) in ninth place and Danielle Wisen (24:24.23) in the 10th spot.
Pats Stop Raiders in Volleyball
The Pinecrest volleyball team eased past Richmond Senior 25-11, 25-11 and 25-22 Tuesday evening to improve to 3-1 in the Southeastern Conference and 13-1 overall.
Mary Grace Phipps started off the home match with three service aces for the Patriots. She and Megan Thomas served for a total of 12 points as the home team jumped out to a 13-1 lead. Olivia McKinney recorded three kills during the early burst.
The Pats scored the final eight points of the second set with Phipps serving for six points and Devin Lally the final two. Felicia Painter recorded six of her game-high 11 kills during the game. Katie Smith served for the final four points of the concluding set.
Phipps and Amber Goodwin each finished with seven kills for the home team. Megan Thomas was credited with 25 assists and Keegan Lynch contributed six digs. Phipps served for 18 points, Thomas had 11 and Smith 10.
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