Congratulations to the Fury boys’ cross country team, which won the NCISAA-3A state title this Friday in what Coach Joe Scott called “a total team effort.” It was the first boys’ cross-country title win since 2000.
Throughout the meet at McAlpine Park in Charlotte, the Furies toughest competition was Coastal Christian, which had defeated them at the Hare & Hounds early in the season when the Furies were missing some of their top runners. This time, the Furies eked out a sixth-point victory, with Coastal Christian finishing in second place.
The boys were led by all-state runners Zach Moore in fourth place, Will Gray in sixth, and Will Scott in seventh place. Also key were Sam Scott’s 14th-place finish, Carter Sullivan’s 18th, James Snyder's 33rd, and Elliot Sullivan's 52nd.
Among the meet’s many highlights were ninth grader Will Gray’s sixth place finish and #5 runner Carter Sullivan’s last mile, in which he moved up at least five spots to earn crucial points for the team.
Coach Scott attributes the win to the boys’ hard work and effort - all of which started back in June. “Tough workouts. Early morning long runs on Saturdays or Sundays when most of their friends were still asleep. All those voluntary summer workouts that were as well attended this year as any since I have been coaching, as well as the mutual support and respect they have for one another,” Coach Scott said. “That’s what it takes to win a championship, and that’s what these boys did.”
The young Fury girls’ team finished seventh, beating their eighth seed by one. Freshman Nicky Chung led the girls’ effort with a 21st-place finish. They had a strong top-four pack of Nicky Chung, junior Josie Kilborn at 30th, eighth grader Lilirose Caty at 33rd, and junior Catherine Mitchell at 34th. Freshman Teodora Sorescu and seventh graders Josine Sindram and Katelyn Reed also contributed to their positive finish.
Forsyth Country Day School (FCDS) is a private, college preparatory, independent school for preschool through high school located in Lewisville, NC, just outside of Winston-Salem. Students benefit from a challenging academic curriculum, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.