Swain County Girls Secure NCHSAA 1A Three Peat Scoring 44



Swain County girls keep getting better and better on the state championship stage as they win their third straight NCHSAA 1A Girls Team title on Saturday morning at Ivey Redmon Sports Complex.  

Their first in 2021 was a 12 points victory ahead of Thomas Jefferson Classical, and second in 2022 scoring 59 points winning by 55 points ahead of Eno River Hill, and today by 56 points ahead of Thomas Jefferson Classical with a score of 44.  

The Maroon Devils had seemed to be the class of 1A throughout the year returning 5 of their top 7 from 2022.  However, they had been without 2021 individual champ Arizona Blankenship throughout the year, who also did not race at the State Championship in 2022.  While they didn't need Blankenship's help to win today's team title, they got back their ace when they needed her.

Sophomore Annie Lewis would finish at Swain's top girl just ahead of Blankenship and Angelina Lomelli who finished 5-6-8 overall each placing all-state individually.  Freshman Emily Grey Stargell would place 16th overall in 20:48 with fifth and sixth girls Lily Bjerkness and Audrey Monteith finishing side by side in 26th and 27th overall respectively. 

This would give them 6 in the top 19 in the team scores with no other school with more than two runners finishing ahead of their 6th!

Coach Keith Payne had this to say about his program, "I'm very proud and honored to be a part of this program.  Our girl's discipline and work paid off today."

With just one senior in their top 10 in Bjerkness, things won't get easier in the near future for their NCHSAA 1A competition.

19:53.94Annie Lewis5th1A Girls
20:05.42SBArizona Blankenship6th1A Girls
20:13.86Angelina Lomelli8th1A Girls
20:48.62Emily Grey Stargell16th1A Girls
21:33.01Lily Bjerkness26th1A Girls
21:34.00Audrey Monteith27th1A Girls
22:47.67Marden Harvey49th1A Girls

Thomas Jefferson Classical would finish second overall for the third time in the last four years scoring 100 points just edging Christ the King Catholic who scored 110 points overall.  

1Swain County444+5+7+10+18 (19+36)1:39 1-5 Split | 20:30 Avg
2Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy1008+12+24+27+29 (41+45)1:40 1-5 Split | 21:25 Avg
3Christ the King Catholic School1101+3+20+42+44 (57+59)4:36 1-5 Split | 21:14 Avg
4Bradford Prep Charter School1436+9+23+39+66 (75+90)4:17 1-5 Split | 22:02 Avg
5Voyager Academy1472+14+32+49+50 (67+69)3:56 1-5 Split | 21:59 Avg
6Bishop McGuinness17417+21+33+51+52 (53+74)2:07 1-5 Split | 22:34 Avg
7Woods Charter School17615+16+28+56+61 (71+72)2:54 1-5 Split | 22:40 Avg
8Lejeune20313+22+43+46+79 (80+89)4:36 1-5 Split | 22:59 Avg
9Cornerstone Charter Academy20625+26+40+55+60 (68)2:33 1-5 Split | 22:59 Avg
10Eno River Academy20934+35+38+48+54 (58+81)1:21 1-5 Split | 23:05 Avg
11Elkin25411+31+62+73+774:37 1-5 Split | 23:34 Avg
12Gray Stone Day School31137+63+65+70+76 (78)2:34 1-5 Split | 24:22 Avg
13Northside (1A)36930+82+84+86+87 (88+91)5:17 1-5 Split | 25:59 Avg
14Pamlico County37147+64+83+85+928:31 1-5 Split | 26:47 Avg