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— The Unicorns made winning look easy as they ran to the N.C. High School Athletic Association boys’ 2A cross-country championship Saturday at the Redmond Sports Complex.

N.C. Science Math’s Josh Rees-Jones (16:13.05), Nicholas Walker (16:15.27) and Chatham Ellwanger (16:23.21) finished second, third and fifth, respectively, in the boys’ 5K. But they were scored as first, second and third places because winner Corbin Boyles of Maiden (15:54.86) and No. 4 finisher Frisco Poole of Forest Hills (16:22.93) were running as individuals.

Duncan Lemay (17:18.11) and Mitch Rees-Jones (17:35.26) completed NCSSM’S scoring with top-50 finishes.

The Durham School of the Arts team earned sixth place, led by Christopher Diaz (16:54.97) in 18th and Hunter Scaggs in 20th.

In the girls’ 2A race, Hana Ratcliffe of DSA (18:33.93) finished fourth behind winner Maysa Araba of Carrboro (18:03.66) as DSA took sixth place as a team. DSA’s Destiny Stevons (20:35.80) finished 26th. Kim Ngo (28th, 20:43.35) was the top finisher for NCSSM, which ended up in 10th place.

In the 1A boys’ race, Madison Daniel (16:58.20) of Research Triangle Charter came in seventh individually. The fledgling RT program took second place in a very close finish with Bishop McGuinness, 90-95. Voyager Academy got fourth place, with Patrick Lester (17:01.77) leading the way with his eighth-place finish.

Several local females, running individually, finished in the top 50 if the 1A event, including Voyager Academy’s Lani Fogelsong in 26th (21:37.15) and Murphy Credle of Kestrel Heights (21:38.28) in 27th.

In the 4A races, Jordan High had the best local finish with 12th place in the boys’ standings, led by Daniel Beamer (16:13.36) in 29th individually.

NCSSM falls in tennis final

The tennis players from Durham’s North Carolina School of Science Math knew they were facing an uphill battle Saturday.

NCSSM (17-1) was making its fifth consecutive appearance in the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s dual-team state championships, but it was their first as a 2A program. Their opponent, Salisbury (18-3), had been there nine years straight.

Salisbury rolled to its sixth consecutive state championship and its 10th overall Saturday with a 5-1 win over NCSSM at the Burlington Tennis Center.

Lydia Yuan was the lone winner for NCSSM, downing Alexandra Drye 6-4, 6-3 at No. 1 singles. Yuan finished her year with a 13-1 record in singles.

A jump-start for wrestlers

Durham wrestling teams will get an early start on their preseason with special Bull City Invitational this Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon at Southern Durham High School.

Southern coach James Taylor conceived of the citywide event as a way of drawing all the local high school teams together to support the sport, regardless of their classification, with a theme of “One sport–wrestling. One place–Durham. One dream–a championship.”

Competitors are expected from: 4A Riverside, Hillside and Northern; 3A Southern; 2A Math Science; and 1A Voyager Academy.

Taylor said invitations were still open to DSA and Jordan, although they had prior commitments.

Tim Stevens of the NO contributed to this report.

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