Falcons race to top three finishes at conference meet

Matthew Gorry Sports Writer

October 24, 2013

DOBSON — Forbush shined at the Western Piedmont Conference Cross Country Championship last week at Fisher River Park in Dobson.

Seven Falcons raced to all-conference honors, while both squads finished in the top three of the first-ever conference meet.

In the girls’ race, Forbush placed three runners in the top five en route to a second-place team finish with 44 points overall.

Leading the way was Sierra Winters, who crossed the line second in a time of 22:55. Allison Mitchell finished just less than two seconds behind her teammate to capture the bronze medal, while Anna Koch finished fifth in a time of 23:18.

Sarah Hayden added an 11th-place finish in 25:21 to earn an honorable mention, while Madelynn Paipanya rounded out Forbush’s finishers in 28th place with a time of 33:49.

The Falcons finished a distant second behind West Stokes, who placed six runners in the top 10.

In the boys’ heat, three top-10 runners powered Forbush to a third-place overall finish in Dobson.

Pacing the Falcons was senior Alec Faircloth, who crossed the finish line in second place with a time of 17:40.

Faircloth was beat out by Surry Central’s freshman phenom Daniel Alvarez, who edged Faircloth by a second for the individual title.

Ben Wall (19:06) and Will Kilby (19:11) finished ninth and 10th, respectively, to round out Forbush’s all-conference honorees.

Noah Sisk crossed the line 19th in a time of 20:25, while Austin Mendenhall and Cody Farmer finished in 27th and 28th place, respectively. Charlie Wyrick and Isaac Warden added a 31st- and 32nd-place finish.

The Falcons ended with 67 team points in the final standings, finishing behind Surry Central (44) and West Stokes (50).

Forbush advances to the 2A Midwest Regional at Ivey M. Redmon Park Kernersville Saturday.

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