Wilkes Central junior Isabelle Curry posted the best finish among Wilkes County runners at regional cross country meets on Saturday.
Curry placed 26th at the 2A Midwest Regional at Fisher River Park in Dobson. Her time was 23:56 on the 5,000-meter course.
In the boys race, Central sophomore Burch Taylor took 44th after breaking the tape in 19:50. North Wilkes junior Braeden Foster was 47th with a 20:05 clocking.
Central sophomore Drake Redmon took 61st with a time of 21:03. Other Eagle finishers were senior Tate Jolly (76th, 23:01) and sophomore Aldofo Gaspar (82nd, 24:58).
Colby Shell, the Central coach, said that four of his regional qualifiers could not participate Saturday due to COVID-19 quarantining: Jadon Gage (the Mountain Valley 1A/2A Athletic Conference champion), Peyton Gage, John Randy and Nick Hall.
West Wilkes’ top qualifier, Austin Triplette, was unable to compete due to a left ankle sprain and a right calf bruise suffered while playing basketball. “It’s such a disappointing way to end his senior cross country season, but we’re trying to be thankful that he had a season,” said his coach, Rhiannon Adams.
At the 1A West Regional in Bryson City, East Wilkes freshman Riley Cannon finished 54th with a time of 22:20 over the 5,000-meter Kituawah Mound course.
"I was very proud of Riley," said East Coach Will Jolly. "It was very cold and windy with snowy weather conditions and yet he finished just two seconds shy of a new PR. It means something to qualify for the regional meet as a freshman and this year even more so."