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White Squirrel Classic Draws Hundreds Of Prep Runners


October 2, 2017

Jeremiah Reed

Alyssa Lefler (left) and Lillie Siniard pace each other during Friday's White Squirrel Classic cross country meet held at the former Glen Cannon Golf Course. Lefler finished 11th and Siniard finished 15th.

Navy blue. Red. Royal blue. Navy blue. Red. Royal blue.

That was the stream of finishing colors spectators at the Second Annual White Squirrel Classic were treated to as T.C. Roberson, Carolina Day, and Brevard waged an epic war up front in the opening girls race.

There were plenty of spectators in attendance at the old Glen Cannon Golf Course, too, as 14 schools and over 300 athletes competed on a beautiful overcast day.

Ultimately, the 1-2 punch of race winner Elise Wright (18:56) and Ashlyn Blakely (fifth – 20:23) proved too much for the Blue Devils to overcome, as they took second in the highly competitive field.

Ava Findlay, as she has all season, led the Blue Devils with a fourth place finish in 20:16.

This time, however, she had a lot of help up front as Alyssa Lefler (11th – 20:48), Alydia Monahan (13th -- 21:12), Lillie Siniard (15th – 21:34) and Madeline Dierauf (20th – 22:01) all finished within two minutes of Findlay to tally a final score of 63 points.

Roberson won with 46 points. Carolina Day finished third with 63, just in front of South Carolina foe Walhalla (71). Hendersonville (111), Asheville (153), Shelby (186), Enka (212), and Mountain Heritage (275) rounded out the full squads.

"It was really a great day for us in front of the home fans," said head coach Philip Latter. "We worked really hard this week. We definitely were a little tired. Still, everyone got fired up to have a great quality meet on our home turf. Girls like Toby Huter (28th -22:45) and Anderson McKibbon (29th in the same time) were sprinting like their lives depended on it."

The boys fared almost as well as the girls in placing fourth behind T.C. Roberson, Walhalla, and Asheville. Will Coye (eighth – 17:20) and Dylan Sasser (14th – 17:41) led the charge for the Blue Devils, with Aidan Spradlin (24th – 18:19), Bryce Spradlin (35th – 18:46), and DaCota Dysinger (75th – 20:14) rounding out the scorers.

Jeremiah Reed

Jonathan Ray was the lone representative for the Rosman Tigers, but still managed to pull off a 10th place finish in the boys' field of nearly 160 runners.

"Right now we're really very strong in the 1-4 spots," said Latter, "so that fifth runner is going to make all the difference in how we do at the conference, regional, and potentially state level. DaCota has stepped in the last few weeks and really made a world of difference for us. That's a lot to ask a freshman, but he's got a good head on his shoulders and really seems to seek out and enjoy the challenge of taking his running to the next level."

Although they did not field a full team, several Rosman Tigers had outstanding days as well.

In the boys race, senior Jonathan Ray ran a lifetime best of 17:33 to place 10th overall. Rebekah Parton ran 25:43 to place 73rd in the girls race, with Shaylan Fisher 108th in 34:35.

The Blue Devils will return to Charlotte on Saturday for the prestigious Wendy's Invitational at McAlpine Park.


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