BoysandGirlsStateChamps2014

Charlotte, NC – Monday, October 27, 2014 – The Charger Boys and Girls Cross Country teams both won their respective NCISAA State Championship marking one of the most impressive seasons for the PDXC program in school history.

The Boys’ team earned their 5th straight NCISAA 3A state title with a low score of 44 points, easily outdistancing the runner-up, Cary Academy. This title makes 8 of the last 10 for the boys who had never won a title until the beginning of this run in 2005. (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014).

The Girls’ team won their second in a row scoring 70 points beating Cary Academy who finished with 78. This title is number 5 in school history (1997, 1998, 2003, 2013, 2014).

Emma Brown led the way for the girls finishing in 8th place and earning All-State honors. This marked Emma’s 4th time being named to the All-State team which is a rare honor to achieve. Ninth grader and newcomer to running all together, Regan Cronk, just missed out on making All-State as she finished 12th overall and one spot away. Molly Kral was third for the Chargers and 14th overall. Katie Brown moved up during the race and finished in 16th place. Despite running injured and in much pain, Niki Plaus finished in 20th place. That put the top 5 girls all among the top-20 runners something never done previously at PD.

The Boys’ team came in as favorites and didn’t disappoint. Seniors Jack Paddison and Nick Linder led the Chargers finishing in the top two positons. Jack out ran Nick down the final 100m stretch to win 15:48 to 15:50. In the end, the boys scored a low 44 points to Cary Academy’s 79.

Freshman Noah Dolhar ran all the way to 8th place to become the first PDXC 9th grade boy since 2001 to be named to the All-State team. The next four boys proved that PD had depth and talent that was unmatched by any other team in the state. Elias Eskind finished 16th, William Glenn 17th, Matthew McClelland 21st, and Chad Matthews 22nd.