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Franklin Academy wins boys regional cross country championship

Wake Forest's Isabella Frey sets school record at regionals

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CARY — Franklin Academy’s boys cross country team won the 1A Mideast regional championship for the third year in a row Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Complex in Cary.

The Patriots beat out Granville Central by 16 points and an average time of 17:57 compared to Granville Central’s 18:29.

Aaron Rovnak paved the way for Franklin Academy. The junior won first place overall in the regional meet with a time of 15:45.84. Colby Orr finished seventh overall with a time of 17:42.66. Andrew Keel finished 14th for the Patriots with a time of 18:18.53.

For the girls race, Franklin Academy finished second behind Research Triangle, who ended the streak of three consecutive regional titles for the Lady Patriots. Franklin Academy tallied 89 points, while Research Triangle won with 32 points.

Taylor Roberts finished fourth overall for Franklin Academy. The junior ran a time of 20:33.83. Laurel Lapish came in eighth place with a time of 21:30.88 for the Lady Patriots. Franklin Academy freshman Allie Pratt finished 13th overall with a time of 21:57.67.

Both the boys and girls teams for Franklin Academy will compete in the 1A state championship meet at Ivey Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville Saturday.

For the 4A East regional meet, Wake Forest’s boys team came in sixth place behind Millbrook and ahead of Sanderson with 185 points at South View High School in Hope Mills Saturday. Heritage came in 13th, Corinth Holders finished 14th, Rolesville came in 15th and Wakefield finished 18th.

Lucas Rorick was the top performer for the Cougars. The junior finished 27th overall with a time of 16:21.80. Nick Hottell came in 31st with a time of 16:33.90. Heritage’s Max Geckler finished right behind him with a time of 16:34.30.

Wake Forest had a record-breaking performance from Isabella Frey in the girls race, who ran a time of 17:45.10 to win first place in the regional meet. The sophomore broke a school record that has been held for about 10 years by Erin Mercer, who is now her coach.

Leah Given finished 17th overall for the Cougars with a time of 19:13.30. Her teammate, Olivia Fischlein, came in 25th place with a time of 19:27.30.

As a team, Wake Forest finished seventh overall to beat Heritage by eight points. The Cougars totaled 192 points and the Lady Huskies came in eighth place with 200 points. Wakefield finished 11th behind Millbrook and ahead of South Central.

Heritage’s top runner was Melissa Bourne, who finished eighth overall with a time of 18:56.10. Her senior teammate, Danielle Lugo, came in 30th place with a time of 19:41.80.

Wake Forest’s boys team will compete as a team at the 4A state championship Saturday.