Lady Blue Devils Finish Fifth, Coye Cracks Top 20 At State

 

November 6, 2017

Ed Coye

Brevard senior Ava Findlay paced the Lady Blue Devils on Saturday, finishing in 17th place, just under the 20-minute mark.

On a historically fast day at the North Carolina Cross Country State Championships, the Lady Devils followed their back-to-back state titles with a hard fought fifth place finish in a loaded 2A race.

Before the race the Blue Devils came in ranked No. 6, and the influx of talent and depth into the 2A ranks was immediately evident when the gun went off.

Brevard attempted to counter that by getting into good early position, but pre-race favorites North Lincoln and Lake Norman Charter responded with three runners each in the top 10.

Despite some late movement, it would remain that way to the finish with Lake Norman Charter claiming their first title just ahead of North Lincoln and Durham School of the Arts.

Carrboro took the fourth spot with Brevard just behind. Rival Smoky Mountain took sixth.

As they were all year, the Blue Devils were led by Ava Findlay, who rallied late in the race to move up to 17th place (19:59).

Alyssa Lefler (20th – 20:11) ran a great race in the number two spot, with Alydia Monahan (32nd – 20:38) and Lillie Siniard (35th – 20:43) moving up throughout the race to help the cause.

Madeline Dierauf was the final scorer in 70th place (21:22), with Toby Huter (22:24) and Julia Smith (22:54) also competing for Brevard.

"You really just have to tip your cap to the programs in 2A really stepping it up this year," said head coach Philip Latter. "Alyssa and Lillie had their best races of the year, and most everyone ran a very solid race. It's tough after winning those titles to swallow fifth, but I think this will serve as a great unifying moment for the program as we try to quickly make our way back to the podium. We have a lot of talent on this roster, and I know they'll show their grit and come back in track and cross country next year hungrier than ever."


The Brevard men were represented by William Coye, who qualified as an individual, and he certainly didn't disappoint.

Coye got out in the midst of a large chase pack pursuing eventual race winner Nathan Richards of Franklin and Dakota Mendenhall of Forbush.

For much of the race, Coye was within striking distance of All-State honors (top 10).

Ultimately, in a tight finish, he placed 19th overall in a time of 16:55, a great debut for Coye in his first state meet appearance as an individual.

"Will ran just a fantastic race," said Latter. "The last few big meets he has been trampled and attacked by bees before the start – we figured the universe owed him a good race, and he definitely took the opportunity. I can't even describe how happy I am for him right now."


Although the season is officially over, many of the Blue Devils will continue to compete at several major postseason competitions later this month.

Ed Coye

As the lone representative for the Brevard boys' team, Will Coye finished 19th overall with a time of 16:55.

 
 

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