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North Piedmont Conference (NPC) Championship

By Mike Reitmeyer, 10/27/16, 9:00AM EDT

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Lady Wildcats take top honors at the NPC Championships

The Lake Norman Wildcats cross country teams competed in the North Piedmont Conference (NPC) Championship at MacAnderson Park in Statesville, NC on Tuesday, October 18th. Eight high schools vied for the top honors in the final year of the North Piedmont Conference grouping as next year the conference lineups will be shuffled.

The men’s varsity teams started out the competition with Zachary Mercer of Mooresville High School taking the top honors with a time of 16:15.30. Lake Norman’s Evan Harris was 2 seconds behind finishing in the 2nd position. Zach and Evan were followed in by Brian Risse of North Lincoln, Justin Molina of Mooresville and Gavin Mouat of South Iredell. 

Lake Norman finished 5th out of the 8 schools in the conference with second runner Wolfgang Obrecht placing 16th overall, Nick Cresci finishing in 23rd, Mason Dupler 25th and Jacob Ennis rounding out the top 5 in 33rd position.

The Lady Wildcats varsity team earned the victory by 28 points over North Lincoln in the Women’s NPC Championship by placing their top 5 runners within the top 15 places. Front runner Holly Bailey finished first overall with a time of 19:06. She was followed in by Chandler Mccaslin of North Lincoln, Giavanna Sirianni of South Iredell, Jonna Strange of West Iredell and Jessica Glenn of Alexander Central. Lake Norman’s MJ Shoemaker finished 7th, Elly Huecker 8th, Jessica Wymblatt 10th and Kaleigh Stolberg 14th.

The Junior Varsity teams fared equally well as the Men’s JV team place 2nd to Mooresville by 2 points. Riley Pittroff led the way for the Wildcats with a strong 4th place finish with a time of 18:46.6, he was followed in by Michael Reitmeyer in 8th position, Logan Montgomery in 12th, Dylan Montgomery in 13th and Brennen Oliver in 19th.

The Lady Wildcats JV team dominated the competition with a perfect score of 15 sweeping the top 5 spots and 7 of the top 10 places.  Elizabeth Galla crossed the finish line first with a time of 21:50.9, Morgan Hand finished 2nd, Malia Reitmeyer 3rd, Abigail Sigfried 4th and Annie Thompson rounded out the top 5 in 5th position overall.