Girls XC team wins 7th consecutive state championship

Congratulations to the Carolina Day School girls cross country team for dominating the 2020 North Carolina Independent Schools State Championships in Charlotte on November 2nd! This is the girls' seventh consecutive championship. 

The Wildcat girls team totaled an impressive 41 points in the contest, 40 points ahead of second place. 

The outstanding performance from the team included four runners earning All-State honors:

  • Erin Hovendon '22 - 4th place

  • Lia Sprouse ’21 - 6th place

  • Caroline Barton ’25 - 8th place

  • Katie Rudins ’22 - 10th place

“Under trying circumstances, and with limited training, the girls team came together to achieve their goals,” said coach Mark Driscoll. “Captains Erin Hovendon and Lia Sprouse led the team on the race course, during challenging workouts, and in the all-important group text.” 

Driscoll added, “Following the footsteps of stand-out performers like Laura Stanley (‘02), Marley Burns (‘07), and Ralene Kwiatkowski (‘17) this year’s group embraced the tradition of success at Carolina Day and added their names to the list of team champions. This win marked the seventh team title in a row and the 17th state championship win since 1994.”

Results are here.

In an interview conducted by Milesplit North Carolina, team member Ashlyn Browne ’21 said, “We just all want to contribute to the team, we just want to run the best we can, and just really encourage each other and make sure that we are lifting our spirits and just having a great time. And that seems to work.” 

Watch the rest of that interview with the Wildcat cross country team here.

Thanks to all of the Wildcat student-athletes and Coaches Driscoll and Rannie for their outstanding work.