Teams 1. Chapel Hill 77 2. Richmond County 98 3. East Mecklenburg 100 4. Greensboro Grimsley 100 5. Winston-Salem Reynolds 103 6. Greenville Rose 129 7. New Bern 149 8. Asheville AC Reynolds 153 9. Oxford JF Webb 194 10. Asheville TC Roberson 221 Myers Park's Ken Dowdle approaches the finish (Photo by Mark B. Sluder, Charlotte Observer) Individuals 1. Ken Dowdle Charlotte Myers Park 15:28.0 State Meet Record 2. Rick Wallace Garner 15:31 3. Robert Baker North Iredell 15:35 4. Harry Williams Greenville Rose 15:36 Update 5. Jimmy Nicholson Randleman 15:58 6. Leon Yates Chapel Hill 15:59 7. Mike Moses Greensboro Grimsley 16:02 8. Ken Smith Greenville Rose 16:03 9. David Neish Chapel Hill 16:06 10. Mike Sparks Winston-Salem Reynolds 16:12 11. Phil Roberts East Gaston 16:15 12. Victor Robinson Richmond County 16:20 13. Mark Shea Raleigh Broughton 16:21 14. Tony Hills Wilson Fike 16:22 15. Van Wilkins Asheville 16:23 16. Paul Brim Greensboro Page 16:24 17. Allen Ford Greensboro Grimsley 16:26 18. Ken Forman East Mecklenburg 16:27 19. David Johnson DB 16:32 20. Johnny Evans North Forsyth 16:39 21. Mike Loveless East Wake 16:42 22. Kirk Hardymon East Mecklenburg 16:45 23. Greg Douglas Richmond County 16:46 24. Bill Will Gastonia Ashbrook 16:48 25. David Colby New Bern 16:48 26. Chris Gibson Richmond County 16:52 27. Mike Covington Richmond County 16:53 28. Tommy Albanese Greensboro Grimsley 16:57 29. Dennis McNamara Chapel Hill 16:57 30. Chris Baker Asheville AC Reynolds 16:58 31. Greg Duval New Bern 16:59 32. Dan Seaborn East Mecklenburg 17:00 33. Bryant Little Winston-Salem Reynolds 17:03 34. Steve Dew Wilson Beddingfield 17:06 35. Nate Berry Winston-Salem Reynolds 17:07 36. Dirk Dawson Winston-Salem Reynolds 17:07 37. Matthew Ledford Asheville AC Reynolds 17:08 38. David Young Chapel Hill 17:09 39. Bernard Roberts Oxford JF Webb 17:10 40. Kyle Fidler East Mecklenburg 17:10 41. John Ormond Greenville JH Rose 17:11 42. Danny Wright Asheville AC Reynolds 17:11 43. Tim Fry Greensboro Grimsley 17:13 44. Chris Sheppard Asheville Erwin 17:16 45. Paul Heffernan Chapel Hill 17:17 46. Donnie Pippin Asheville TC Roberson 17:19 47. Kenneth Perry Oxford JF Webb 17:20 48. Chip Litle Greenville JH Rose 17:21 49. Steve Hughes Winston-Salem Reynolds 17:23 50. Tim Long New Bern 17:25 51. Doug Houghton East Mecklenburg 17:26 52. Eric Davis Asheville AC Reynolds 17:32 53. Karl Spielvogel Chapel Hill 17:32 54. Milton Todd Oxford JF Webb 17:33 55. Reggie Harris Asheville TC Roberson 17:36 56. Eugene Sumrell New Bern 17:38 57. Jimmy Toole Winston-Salem Reynolds 17:39 58. Brian Connell New Bern 17:39 59. Keith Terry Oxford JF Webb 17:41 60. Joe Willis Greensboro Grimsley 17:43 61. John Lancaster East Mecklenburg 17:45 62. Steve Carpenter Asheville TC Roberson 17:49 63. Eddie Jones Asheville AC Reynolds 17:51 64. Terry White New Bern 17:56 65. Chris Harris East Mecklenburg 17:58 66. James Thompson Asheville TC Roberson 17:59 67. David Britt Asheville TC Roberson 18:04 68. Fred Burr Richmond County 18:06 69. Mitchell Diamond Oxford JF Webb 18:09 70. Curt Dansby Chapel Hill 18:12 71. Phil Foster Greensboro Grimsley 18:14 72. Jack Puckett Oxford JF Webb 18:18 73. James Covington Richmond County 18:24 74. John Thorpe Oxford JF Webb 18:25 75. Jeff Cauble Asheville AC Reynolds 18:27 76. Paul Pfefferkorn Winston-Salem Reynolds 18:38 77. Grant Newman Asheville AC Reynolds 18:45 78. Richard Staten New Bern 18:47 79. Larry Talbert Greenville JH Rose 18:51 80. Curt Spillers Richmond County 19:04 81. Steve Soltez Greensboro Grimsley 19:08 82. Alan Collier Asheville TC Roberson 19:41 83. Dave Steffensen Greenville JH Rose 20:33 (83 finishers)Dowdle's 15:28.0 established a new course record for the McAlpine course.
NCISAA Boys - at McAlpine Greenway Park, Charlotte, Friday Nov. 7, 1980 - 5,000 meters
Teams 1. Durham Academy 35 2. Northside Christian 53 3. Christ School 128 4. Forsyth Country Day 136 5. Charlotte Latin 149 6. Charlotte Country Day 156 7. Asheville School 163 8. Providence Day 198 9. Raleigh Ravenscroft 224 10.Ben Lippen 226 11.O'Neal School 313 12.Southview Academy 337 13.Greensboro Day 364 14.Patterson School 383 Individuals 1. Paul Maxwell Durham Academy 16:05 2. Mike Burton Northside Christian 16:18 3. Mike Maxwell Durham Academy 17:02 4. Edmond Miller Durham Academy 17:04 5. Jeff Cox Charlotte Latin 17:15 6. Scott Sylvester Christ School 17:27 7. Tim Brower Durham Academy 17:29 8. Jeff Turbyfill Northside Christian 17:36 9. David Sielewicz Asheville School 17:37 10.Roger Ayscue Northside Christian 17:38 11.Walker Douglas Forsyth Country Day 17:39 12.Wayne MaGruder Asheville School 17:43 13.Richard Preyer O'Neal School 17:46 14.Dusty Dial Christ School 17:48 15.Scott King Northside Christian 17:57 16.Chan Swallow Charlotte Country Day 17:58 17.Brad Sage Charlotte Christian 18:05 18.Phil Dee Charlotte Country Day 18:11 19.Marty Moore Northside Christian 18:14 20.Mike Payne Providence Day 18:17 21.Peter Strickland Durham Academy 18:19 22.Frank MacDonald Raleigh Ravenscroft 18:24 23.Ray Workman Charlotte Latin 18:34 24.Glenn Bo Ben Lippen 18:37 25.David Welch Forsyth Country Day 18:42- Thanks to Durham Academy coach Dennis Cullen for providing NCISAA results.
NCHSAA Girls - at McAlpine Greenway Park, Charlotte - Saturday, November 1, 1980 - 5,000 meters
Teams 1. Chapel Hill 77 2. South Mecklenburg 84 3. Durham Jordan 98 4. Fayetteville Westover 102 5. Greensboro Grimsley 10? 6. Ashv. Clyde A. Erwin 121 7. Fayetteville EE Smith 136 8. Charlotte Myers Park 144 -- East Burke no score -- East Rowan no score Individuals 1. Charlotte McCall McDowell County 19:14.9 State Meet Record 2. Leslie Ladd East Forsyth 19:17 3. Lene Hestdal Charlotte Myers Park 19:39 4. Page Morton Greensboro Grimsley 19:43 5. Renee Moog Asheville Erwin 19:48 6. Tina Beckedorf South Mecklenburg 19:55 7. Sandy Martin Cary 20:18 8. Lori Norwood Fayetteville Westover 20:19 9. Susan Dresser RM [Rocky Mount?] 20:21 [Millbrook?] 10. Shirley Truesdale West Mecklenburg 20:25 11. Stephanie Hammitt East Burke 20:29 12. Tammy Sawyer Asheville Erwin 20:33 13. Heather Cairns Chapel Hill 20:35 14. Diane McMahon Chapel Hill 20:41 15. Joy Nicholson Randleman 20:44 16. Mary Herz Fayetteville Pine Forest 20:53 17. Susan Ess RM [Rocky Mount?] 20:54 [Millbrook?] 18. Valerie Dean Durham Hillside 20:57 19. Delores Heib Fayetteville Westover 20:59 20. Jill Britton South Mecklenburg 21:02 21. Julie Hudson East Burke 21:03 22. Connie Fraley East Rowan 21:05 23. Lisa Morales South Mecklenburg 21:14 24. Beverly Davey Charlotte Myers Park 21:29 25. Amy Houser Gastonia Ashbrook 21:30 26. Lillian Mitchell Durham Jordan 21:30 27. Allyson Nussear WC [West Charlotte?] 21:36 [W. Carteret?] 28. Cammie Steadman Statesville 21:41 29. Meredith Wingard Durham Jordan 21:56 30. Mary Daniels Brevard 21:59 31. Katie Merten Chapel Hill 21:59 32. Jennifer Gwynn Vance County 22:03 33. Isabella Sass Fayetteville EE Smith 22:06 34. Debra Hollifield East Burke 22:15 35. Kathy Gall Durham Jordan 22:16 36. Debbie Sarakatis Fayetteville EE Smith 22:25 37. Betsy Stelgenmuller Durham Jordan 22:25 38. Jennifer Smith Chapel Hill 22:26 39. Carol Salgado Fayetteville Westover 22:33 40. Sarah Cumbus Greensboro Grimsley 22:45 41. Amy Lloyd South Mecklenburg 22:50 42. Laura King Fayetteville EE Smith 22:50 43. Joan Marsicano Greensboro Grimsley 22:51 44. Carol Pittman Fayetteville Westover 22:53 45. Amy Smith Chapel Hill 22:56 46. Donna Deloste Greensboro Grimsley 22:58 47. Karen Sutton Asheville Erwin 23:15 48. Susan Hill East Rowan 23:19 49. Karen Gibbs East Burke 23:20 50. Lorette Chaney Chapel Hill 23:21 51. Cara Abernathy Greensboro Grimsley 23:25 52. Heather Winchester Greensboro Grimsley 23:26 53. Patti Silkworth Greensboro Grimsley 23:32 54. Liz Tudela Fayetteville EE Smith 23:48 55. Peggy Coffin Durham Jordan 23:55 56. Holly Neckerman South Mecklenburg 24:10 57. Cynthia Radford Asheville Erwin 24:13 58. Kathy Mouser South Mecklenburg 24:23 59. Becky Peeler East Rowan 24:27 60. Suzanne Massey Fayetteville EE Smith 24:32 61. Darah Mayfield Charlotte Myers Park 24:41 62. Kim Goff Fayetteville Westover 24:45 63. Dottie Reado Durham Jordan 24:55 64. Kelly Mikkelson South Mecklenburg 24:57 65. Tammy Daniels Charlotte Myers Park 25:09 66. Elaine Futris Fayetteville Westover 25:54 67. Jane Seward Asheville Erwin 25:58 68. Jill Noles Charlotte Myers Park 26:06 69. Sharon Feldman Fayetteville Westover 26:27 70. Jenny Girouard Fayetteville EE Smith 26:51 71. Becky Caudle East Rowan 28:22 72. Lisa Pounders Asheville Erwin 29:43 73. Christine Manual Fayetteville EE Smith 30:06 (73 finishers)Note: Please send missing information or corrections to (Email info).
(Source: The Charlotte
Observer, Sunday - November 2, 1980.)|
Dowdle Cheered To Title
By Sam Fulwood III - Observer Staff Writer
Myers Park's Ken Dowdle owns the 1980 N.C. high school boys' cross country championship title. In part, he credits a cheering hometown crowd for helping him win it. His high recognition factor didn't hurt either.
About 500 spectators watched Dowdle's course- record 15:28 run over the 5,000-meter course at McAlpine Greenway Park in east Charlotte. In addition, they saw McDowell High ninth-grader Charlotte McCall set a course record 19:14.9 in the first girls' state cross country championships.
Chapel Hill swept both the boys' and girls' team titles. Richmond County finished second and East Mecklenburg tied Greensboro Grimsley for third in the boys' event. South Mecklenburg was second among the girls.
Many spectators were coaches or relatives of the runners, but most apparently were familiar with Dowdle. He was the runner most spectators craned their necks to watch, and he received noisy encouragement as the runners approached the course's major hill.
"I appreciated that a whole lot," Dowdle said after the race. "Once I hear people cheer for me, I want to run that much better. I heard the crowd at the bottom of the hill. They were all lined up there and cheering. That made me run faster and harder up the hill. I just sprinted up it. That was the best I've ever run the hill."
Dowdle bettered the 15:33.4 course record set by Ken Costello Sept. 12 at the Coaches' Invitational.
Garner's Rick Wallace also bettered the previous course record, finishing in 15:31. North Iredell's Robert Baker was third at 15:35.
McCall topped the girls' course record of 19:35.4 set by Myers Park's Lene Hestdal in the Coaches' Invitational. She said she didn't enter with thoughts of setting a record. But did she think she would win?
"No I didn't," she said. "You've always gotta have confidence, but I'd heard a lot about the other people."
McCall said her strategy was to keep up with the lead runner and take the lead near the finish. It didn't work out exactly as she planned though. She led nearly all the way.
East Forsyth's Leslie Ladd, the girls' individual runner-up at 19:17, said she and McCall were shoulder-to-shoulder until they cleared the final wooded part of the course, with about a half mile remaining.
"We were competing the whole way," Ladd said. "She just had a stronger kick."
Hestdal, who won the Charlotte Sectional on the same course, finished third at 19:39.
The Chapel Hill boys, defending state champions, scored 77 points -- 21 fewer than Richmond. East Meck and Grimsley had 100.
Gary Adams, who coaches both Chapel Hill teams, said he especially wanted the girls to win.
"That's one thing we were shooting for -- to be the first to do it," said Adams. "I felt real confident. They (the girls' team) had beaten most of the strong competition during the regular season."
The Tiger girls scored 77 points, seven fewer than second place South Mecklenburg. Durham Jordan was third with 98. Myers Park, second last week in the Charlotte Sectional, was eighth this time.
The meet, run at Campbell University in Buies Creek the previous two years, was the second state high school championship in Charlotte this week. The state girls' volleyball championship was played Thursday at Garinger High. It was the first time the state cross country meet had been held in Charlotte.
"I've never in 15 years seen one (a state cross country meet) better organized and better run," said Charlie Adams, assistant director of the N.C. High School Athletic Association. "I wish all our state meets were like this."
Charlotte- Mecklenburg Schools athletic director Dave Harris said that would be fine with him.
"We want to keep it," Harris said. "And we're interested in getting anything else we can -- like the state track meet."
by Susan Shackelford
Stephanie Hammett of East Burke High threw some trash in a barrel after her race, Charlie Adams of the N.C. High School Athletic Association watched runners finish, and the team from Fayetteville E.E. Smith told an interesting story.
But they had two things in common.
Saturday morning, they had gathered for the first running of the N.C. girls' cross country championships, run on a breezy sunny day at McAlpine Greenway Park; and they all thought the first season of the state's organized program for girls in the sport had been successful.
And it has been.
Only 151 of the 342 schools in the N.C. High School Association have boys' cross country, and this year 67 schools had at least one girl runner. That's a good showing for a sport that in largely individual and requires a lot of self- motivation to ensure proper conditioning.
The girls competed in five sectional meets last week -- just like the boys. In Charlotte's Southwestern 4A conference, six of the 10 schools had full girls' teams (five runners). And originally, there probably would have been more, because league coaches had planned to field teams this season and score the top three runners. But when the state association went ahead and adopted the sport, the coaches decided to field full, five-girl teams.
"We can't expect overnight miracles," said East Mecklenburg coach Larry McAfee, "but it's been a positive step to me."
Hammett had similar feelings. "I felt it went real well. We got the conference and the sectional, and it's going to help us in track this spring."
She said she didn't believe the national jogging boom was responsible for the participation this year. "Girls, more in general, are getting into athletics," she said.
Nearby, as Adams, the association's assistant executive director, watched the first girl runners cross the finish line, he turned to a spectator and said, "Tremendous -- I bet it (participation) will double next year."
"It's such an inexpensive sport," he explained, as runners walked through the finish chute in front of him. "It's such a good sport, and it's got such good carryover value."
The sport also helped fill a void in the association's fall sports offerings this year. Association officials dropped girls' golf because only 14 qualified for the state championship last season -- down from more than 80 the first year of a golf title, 1969.
"We hated to get out of the golf business," said association executive director Simon Terrell, contacted by telephone Friday, "(but) we just couldn't justify a state championship with 14 people.
"We polled the schools, and far more indicated they were interested in cross country."
If fact, many already had teams or one or two girls running on the boys' teams. And this is where E.E. Smith's story fits in.
Somehow, word never got to E.E. Smith and its conference, the Division 3 4A, that the state cross country distance was 5,000 meters (3.12 miles). So, the schools kept right on running 2 miles, the distance they'd used for girls the last several years.
Well, E.E. Smith and league member Fayetteville Westover didn't find out the new distance until they arrived at the sectional last week at Smithfield, about 30 miles east of Raleigh. "There was a breakdown in communication," said E.E. Smith coach Jim Van Hook.
But you might not have known it once the sectional had ended. The Fayetteville schools swept the top two places, qualifying for the state meet.
"We took it in stride," Van Hook said, "and I believe the girls did an especially good job."
"I think we were really determined not to let it psych us out," said Smith's Jenny Girouard. "We also were determined because it was the first sectional for girls -- for the record books."
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