HOPE MILLS — The Scotland cross country team competed in the regional meet Saturday, finishing eighth out of 18 teams at South View High School.
Logan Ward was the top finisher for the Scots, coming in 25th place with a time of 16:33. That broke the seven-year school record by 23 seconds, coach Greg Wrape said. Additionally, Ward was just two spots away from qualifying for the state race.
“It was a big time day for him and quite an accomplishment,” Wrape said.
In addition to Ward, six other runners competed at the regional race, and almost all of them rain their best times of the season. John Holloway finished in 17:07, Jared Torgorson ran a 17:09, Kendall Romaine a 17:26, Kytel Collins-Jackson 18:08, Dylan Faulk 18:43 and Jaylaan Poe 19:10.
The top five runners count towards the team standings at races. The Scots finished the regional with an impressive average team time of 17:17.
Scotland’s team also has two girls on the roster. Cassey Leviner ran a 23:50 at the regional, while Melinda Campbell-Tyler ran a 28:16. Both times were the runners’ best of the season.
“The team had a great year, I’m super proud of them,” Wrape said.
Before going to the regional, Scotland competed in the conference race on Oct. 19, finishing in second place behind Pinecrest, the team that went on to win the regional meet.
Three Scots earned All-Conference honors from the race in Raeford. Ward finished in sixth place with a time of 17:15. Holloway finished just behind him in eighth place in 17:39, and Romaine finished in 14th with a time of 18:19.
The top 14 runners are awarded All-Conference.