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BOYS TEAM SCORES (Top 3 teams advance to state) 1. East Mecklenburg 31 2. Myers Park 53 3. Providence 81 4. South Mecklenburg 82 5. North Mecklenburg 130 6. West Charlotte 187 7. Independence 200 8. Harding 218 9. Olympic 229 BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Top 7 made all-region) 1. Mike Mauriello, South Mecklenburg 16:21 2. Jim Martin, Myers Park 16:27 3. Wesley Yeldell, Garinger 16:33 4. Ben Bissette, East Mecklenburg 16:38 5. Daniel Sarjeant, Providence 16:40 6. Shane Walts, East Mecklenburg 16:49 7. Brian Augustine, East Mecklenburg 16:50 8. Chris Mayo, Providence 16:52 9. David Willis, East Mecklenburg 17:00 10. Greg Hipp, East Mecklenburg 17:07 11. Cliff Mauriello, South Mecklenburg 17:12 12. Richard Hill, Myers Park 17:15 13. Thor Sundberg, Myers Park 17:16 14. John Robbins, Myers Park 17:29 15. Nick Gass, East Mecklenburg 17:32 Boys' individuals advancing to state: 1. Mauriello (SM), 3. Yeldell (G), 11. Cliff Mauriello (SM), 17. Jonathan Swope, West Charlotte 17:41 20. Chip Hege, North Mecklenburg 17:44 (Top 3 teams advance to state) 1. Myers Park 28 2. Providence 53 3. East Mecklenburg 78 4. North Mecklenburg 94 5. Harding 172 6. West Charlotte 181 7. Independence 185 8. South Mecklenburg 213 9. West Mecklenburg 227 GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Top 7 made all-region) 1. Kathryn Daniel, East Mecklenburg 19:53.5 2. Rashaun Hill, North Mecklenburg 20:15.7 3. Courtney Horn, Myers Park 20:16.0 4. Anne Highley, Myers Park 20:25.4 5. Britt Ellis, Providence 20:33.9 6. Stephanie Bohr, Myers Park 20:38.7 7. Becca Walker, Myers Park 20:57.3 8. Jessica Thomas, Myers Park 21:01.9 9. Justine Campbell, Providence 21:06.1 10. Jackie Tinkham, Independence 21:09.4 11. Leah Penner, Providence 21:27.1 12. Lauren Yoder, Myers Park 21:45.9 13. Carol Haskin, Providence 21:50.4 14. Elaine Lindsay, East Mecklenburg 21:53.6 15. Kelly Matthews, Providence 21:59.2 Girls' individuals advancing to state: 2. Hill (NM), 10. Tinkham (I), 16. Whitney Campbell, North Mecklenburg 22:00.2 20. Katy Dillard, South Mecklenburg 22:21.7 22. Sara Emser, Harding 22:23.8
Mauriello chases down titleEast Meck boys, Myers Park girls team winners
By Brett Honeycutt, Special Correspondent
South Mecklenburg senior Mike Mauriello finally got what he wanted -- a title.
This time it was the cross country Mid-West Regional at McAlpine Park on Friday afternoon, where he won in his best time ever, 16 minutes 21 seconds.
After finishing in the top seven at last year's regionals and making all-conference for the past three years, Mauriello was still looking for a win in a major race.
"It feels so good," Mauriello said. "I feel like I got the monkey off my back ... This just made my whole four years."
East Mecklenburg's boys continued their winning ways this year, outdistancing Myers Park 31-53 for the team title. Myers Park won the girls crown by placing five runners in the top eight, with four (seniors Anne Highley and Becca Walker, junior Courney Horn, and freshman Stephanie Bohr) earning all-region honors.
"We just had a really strong team this year," Walker said. "This year everyone tried really hard ... it's like a whole different team."
Walker and Highley, both captains, have been on teams that missed making the state championships by one place their sophomore year and took second at last year's regionals behind Providence.
In the boys' race, Mauriello and Myers Park junior Jim Martin ran together for the first mile and a half, before Mauriello took a slight lead going onto a hill. Coming off the hill, Mauriello had built about a six- second advantage.
The race was beginning to look like last week's Southwestern 4A championship, where Mauriello ran with eventual winner Martin for the first two miles, then faded to fifth.
This time would be different, as Mauriello looked strong on the hill, and didn't relinquish any ground on the last mile as he did the week before.
"I think that's when I felt really confident to pull away from everyone," Mauriello said of the last mile. "At the half mile, I started to hammer it, because I didn't want anyone to catch me."
In the girls' race, East Mecklenburg sophomore Kathryn Daniel won in 19:53.5.
She outdistanced North Mecklenburg's Rashaun Hill and Myers Park's Courtney Horn, who were locked in a duel for second the entire race. Hill edged Horn at the finish, 20:15.7 to 20:16.0.
"I just tried to get out strong at the beginning and keep a good pace," Daniel said.
Daniel's consistency this year has netted her one of the preconference titles, the Southwestern 4A conference title and now the regional crown.
"She seems to respond well to competition," East coach Larry McAfee said. "She's gotten stronger (this year)."
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