Lily Terwilliger CFNN Cross Country Reporter

The Cape Fear Colts competed in their last cross country meet of the season at the State Championship Meet in Kernersville. They finished in 16th place as a team out of 24 schools. 

Julius Ferguson was the first Colt to cross the line finished in 56th place with a time of 17:26.41. 

“I felt that my season went amazing and almost got to my goal,” said Ferguson. “I couldn’t get to where I got this season without my teammates pushing me to be at my best.” 

Ferguson is a senior this year and hopes to continue running in college to continue reaching his goals.

Jonathan Piland was next in 64th place with a time of 17:35.80. 

“I would argue that the State Championship may have been the most challenging race this year, simply because of the temperature and terrain,” said Piland. “Nevertheless, the team showed up again with another excellent performance despite the adverse conditions. We started as a team, and finished as a team.” 

“I can’t think of a better way to have concluded my senior year of cross country than for the team to have performed this well at the State Championship meet. Running with these guys has truly been a pleasure.”

Juan Alvarado finished in 75th place with a time of 17:48.43.

 “It was a fun race despite the very cold weather,” said Alvarado. “It was a very fast, difficult course, but typical of what you’d expect from a state course. The best part of the course was the last 300, where I was able to sprint by and pass a bunch of runners.” 

“Running in states is what every cross country team wants to accomplish, that’s basically the goal to have a successful season and I am proud of our team to make it.” 

Colton Danks finished in 112th place with a time of 18:17.97. 

“Getting a chance to run at the State Championship as a senior was an outstanding privilege,” said Danks. “After a record breaking season it was the only appropriate conclusion. I can say that I accomplished each and every goal that I set out to achieve this year alongside a great group of fellas.”

Collin Gaddy finished next in 130th place with a time of 18:40.05. “The state course was a tough one for sure,” said Gaddy. “The ground was hard, it was cold, crowded and adrenaline through the roof but everyone got out there and did was they’re good at and was able to end the season on a good note.”

 “Everyone has stepped up this season and nobody is unsurprised by the progress we have made as a team. I am sad that we are losing our top runners but also our closest friends. I wish them good luck to what they choose to do from here on. I am absolutely going to continue running with my family and make another season worth remembering.”

Alden Bostic finished in 133rd place with a time of 18:42.80. 

“Running in the state meet was not like any other XC meet. The course was tough and there was twice, maybe even three times, the amount of runners in the race that I am used to running with. However, I am really happy that we qualified as a team so I had other runners from Cape Fear to push me as I ran. I plan on going back with my boys next year!”

Caleb Knudsen finished in place 146th with a time of 18:55.43. 

 “This was an experience I am extremely thankful to be a part of. Racing with the best runners in the state of North Carolina is an honor. We made history all year with this group of guys and I couldn’t be happier. Sad to see this season end but I can’t wait to run again next year!”

A bittersweet goodbye to seniors Julius Ferguson, Jonathan Piland, Juan Alvarado, and Colton Danks. A successful ending to a victorious season! The Cape Fear News Network is looking forward to next year’s cross country season.