This is a season of firsts at Hobbton High School. The Wildcats have begun its first season ever of cross country running and on Tuesday held its first 1A Carolina Conference cross country competition.
Six schools in the conference have cross country teams and Hobbton placed third overall in both the men and women’s division. The Wildcats scored 93 points for the men and in the women’s division was awarded 82 points.
For the men, Rosewood finished first with 46 points, with Princeton coming in second with 62 points. In the women’s division, there was a flipflop, with Princeton coming in first at 26 points and Rosewood finishing second at 67 points. The other teams participating were Spring Creek, Neuse Charter, and North Duplin.
Competing for the Hobbton men were Cesar Castillo, Abraheem Alwahishi, Antonio Caamano, Justin Davis and Saul Ramirez.
Castillo came in fourth overall in individual time with 19:54. Alwahishi finished at 23:48; Caamano, 24:53; Davis, 26:52 and Ramirez, 31:58.
Wildcat coach Jeffrey Klaves was extremely proud of the cross country teams and said this about the men’s team: “All five of the men’s runners set personal records today and provided a strong first showing for the Wildcats in the Carolina Conference. Cesar Castillo lead the way, breaking twenty minutes for the first time in his career. I look forward to having everyone together and seeing where this team can go.”
Ten competed on the Wildcat women’s team.
Ashlyn Johnson finished with a time of 27:26; Destiny Lowry, 28:11; Elvie Sumner, 28:23; Sarah Price, 28:23; Chantel Davis28:29; Pamela Molina, 31:26; Rebecca Hunter, 34:29; Frances Zeledon, 34:53; Savannah Whipkey, 34:53; and Michaela Oates, with a time of 35:07.
“I am proud of the way the women battled throughout the race. It was a true team effort that lead the Wildcats to an impressive 3rd place showing in their first ever conference meet. The top 5 girls all broke 30 minutes which was a goal going into the meet. Ashlyn Johnson lead the team with a finishing time of 27:26 to place 13th overall and Pamela Molina proved to be a difference maker as she broke the tie for 3rd place overall as a team. I am excited to see these student-athletes continue to grow as we are making strides in the right direction,” Klaves stated.
The cross country teams will compete again next Tuesday at Neuse Charter.