Wilkes Central played host to a Mountain Valley Athletic cross-country meet on Tuesday evening in dismal conditions in Moravian Falls.

With temperatures in the upper 50s and a steady rain falling against an overcast backdrop, the race was a nice contrast from the blistering heat that had plagued many of the races of the 2019 season.

Wilkes Central’s Anthony Perales would win the boys race with a time of 17:11, followed by West Wilkes’ Austin Triplette in second and North Wilkes’ Keaton Hincher in third.

Despite not placing any runners in the top five, Ashe County won the meet thanks to its top seven runners all finishing in the top 13 spots.

West Wilkes came in second, just four points behind the Huskies, while Wilkes Central and North Wilkes finished third and fourth, respectively.

In the girls race, Ashe County’s Mahaley Cronk took home the top spot, followed by Wilkes Central’s Maddie Beard who finished in second place, just nine seconds off Cronk’s winning time of 21:02.

 Ashe would place three runners within the top four and cruise to an 11-point team victory. Wilkes Central finished second, followed by the Vikings and the Blackhawks. West Wilkes’ Tessa Foster was the top runner for the Blackhawks, finishing fifth with a time of 23:16; leading the way for the Vikings was Reagan Jenkins, with a time of 29:15.

Wilkes County’s cross country squads will wrap up the regular season portion of their schedules this coming Tuesday, ahead of the conference championship meet on Oct. 22. Wilkes Central, North Wilkes and East Wilkes will all travel to Starmount next Tuesday while the Blackhawks will play host to Ashe, Alleghany and Elkin.

Elkin claims top spots in East Wilkes meet

The Cardinals hosted fellow MVAC 1A schools Elkin, Alleghany and Starmount on Tuesday at a soggy Ronda.

Elkin won both the boys and girls races due to being the only school with enough runners to garner a team score.

But it was East Wilkes’ Preston Dowell (18:11) who won the boys individual race, more than 30 seconds over Alleghany’s Blake Murphy’s (18:47). Jack Zamudio was the Buckin’ Elks’ top runner, finishing third in 19:02.

Chance Mastin — East Wilkes’ other runner — placed 11th in 23:32.

On the girls side, Elkin’s Hannah Oliver won the individual race in 19:39. Alleghany’s Hazel Pasley (19:52) took second. East Wilkes’ only runner, Annika Bell, claimed third in 21:58.

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