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PAGE RUNNER TIES COURSE RECORD

PAGE RUNNER TIES COURSE RECORD

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Page's Paul Kinser tied a former teammate's high school course record at the Greensboro Cross Country Invitational Saturday at Hagan-Stone Park.

Kinser breezed over the 3.1-mile course in a winning time of 15 minutes, 57 seconds, equaling the mark Vince Howard set when he won for the Pirates in 1987.Kinser was a freshman then, running in Howard's shadow. He said tying the record feels ``better than not tying it and worse than beating it. I'm satisfied.

``He didn't want me to break his record,' Kinser said. ``I'll call him and kid him about it.'

Kinser might have broken the record with better competition from the rest of the 104-runner field, but second-place finisher Marshall Moore of Durham Academy came in 150 yards behind him.

``It's hard to run by myself,' Kinser said. ``After the mile mark, I was on my own. I didn't have anybody to push me.'

With Moore second, Miles Hall fourth and Cory Johnson 10th, two-time Invitational (3-A / 2-A / 1-A) division champion Durham Academy won comfortably in its first year with the 4-A schools in the Championship division. The Cavaliers outdistanced second-place West Forsyth 83-122.

Richie Knipple placed fifth and Jeff Powell was seventh as they led Smith to a sixth-place team finish. Grimsley was 10th.

Upstart Cary, with a freshman and sophomore dominated team, placed three runners in the top 20 and won the girls' championship, ending Grimsley's five-year reign at the top.

Grimsley lost Julie Bergenser, its No. 2 runner, to a mid-race ankle injury and stumbled to a sixth-place finish that didn't surprise coach Richard Smith. The Whirlies have won three of the last four state championships, but graduation hit them hard. A loss to Mount Tabor three weeks ago was their first regular-season loss in seven years.

``We're rebuilding, restructuring, whatever,' Smith said. ``We're not going to be in the limelight like we've been but it's fun to see the young people try to get the tradition back to where it was.'

Jennifer Kalanick, a junior, led the Whirlies with a seventh-place finish. Tonia Malloy, a former Dudley standout who has transferred to Greensboro Day School, placed fifth.

Wendy Garris of Surry Central won the girls' meet in 20:11. McMichael's Mia Richardson, who two years ago won in 19:48, the fourth-fastest time in the meet's eight-year history, placed 11th in 21:19.

``We had probably our toughest conference meet two days ago,' Richardson said. ``I don't know what else it could have been.

``I led the first mile and a half today. I probably shouldn't have done that.'

Enka, a second-place finisher last year, took advantage of Durham Academy's move up and won the Invitational division 86-120 over Lynchburg (Va.) Brookville. Donnie Reuss led Enka with a winning time of 16:52.

Northwest Guilford's Matt Davis was third in 17:12 and the Vikings followed him to a third-place team finish.

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