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1968 North Carolina High School State Cross-Country Meet


NCHSAA Boys at Finley Golf Course, Chapel Hill
Saturday, November 9, 1968 (2.1 miles)
Teams
 1. Charlotte Myers Park        51
 2. Fayetteville Terry Sanford  74
 3. South Mecklenburg          107
 4. Winston-Salem RJ Reynolds  135
 5. Durham Hillside            142
 6. Greensboro Page            148
 7. West Mecklenburg           151
 8. Raleigh Broughton          164
 9. Charlotte Garinger         170
10. Cary                       175

Individuals
 1. Steve Grathwohl  Charlotte Independence 10:21.0 New Course Record (old: 10:33.8 1967 Silas Mayfield, Hillside)
 2. Jimmy Howell     Durham Hillside        10:21.2
 3. Gary Allen       Charlotte Myers Park   10:44
 4. Rick Elkin       South Mecklenburg      10:48
 5. Buddy Godwin     Wilson Fike            10:49
 6. Cornell Pride    Charlotte Myers Park   10:51
 7. Sid Allen        Greensboro Page        10:53
 8. Rusty Carroway   Raleigh Broughton      10:54
 9. Millard Woodard  Fayetteville Sanford   10:54
10. Art Barber       Winston-Salem Reynolds 10:56
11. Les Brown        Charlotte Myers Park   10:57
12. Alfred Marshall  Fayetteville Sanford   10:58
13. George Phillips  Winston-Salem Reynolds 10:59
14. Steve Moore      West Mecklenburg       11:00
15. Mike Caldwell    Charlotte Myers Park   11:04
16. John Leatherman  West Mecklenburg       11:04
17. Bob McCarthy     Fayetteville Sanford   11:05
18. David Ray        South Mecklenburg      11:07
19. Jerry Greene     Charlotte Garinger     11:09
20. Ken Bowen        Greensboro Page        11:11
21. Mike Garcia      Fayetteville 71st      11:12
22. D. Fozard        Durham Hillside        11:13
23. Robert Knowles   Burgaw                 11:14
24. Chris Prather    Fayetteville Sanford   11:16
25. Donald Robinson  Charlotte Harding      11:18
26. Frank Carroll    North Forsyth          11:19
27. Robert Greene    Charlotte Harding      11:20
28. Gary Stroud      South Mecklenburg      11:22
29. James Slade      Ahoskie                11:22
30. Jeff Hurr        Fayetteville Sanford   11:23
31. Don Brown        Charlotte Myers Park   11:26
32. Rodney Whitfield Durham Hillside        11:26
33. Bob Bland        Cary                   11:27
34. Roy Coggin       Ahoskie                11:27
35. Ricky Prince     Charlotte Myers Park   11:28
36. Mark Johnson     South Mecklenburg      11:28
37. Bob Carriker     Charlotte Garinger     11:29
38. Joe Kelleher     Greensboro Grimsley    11:30
39. Barry Keisler    Cary                   11:31
40. Steve Grissom    Cary                   11:32
41. Neal Robinson    Winston-Salem Reynolds 11:33
42. Henry Brown      Greensboro Page        11:33
43. Robert Ritchie   Raleigh Broughton      11:34
44. Joe Browder      Greensboro Grimsley    11:35
45. Ricky Edwards    Raleigh Broughton      11:35
46. Terry Taylor     West Mecklenburg       11:36
47. Toby Lee         Wilson Fike            11:37
48. Ric Shriver      Winston-Salem Reynolds 11:39
49. Darrell Bowen    Charlotte Garinger     11:40
50. Bobby Peele      Greensboro Page        11:41
51. Lenn Bullock     West Mecklenburg       11:41
52. Cater Olive      South Mecklenburg      11:42
53. Jimmy Hughes     Wilson Fike            11:43
54. Mel Hadden       Charlotte Garinger     11:44
55. Joseph Ruffin    Durham Hillside        11:46
56. Wesley Debnam    Raleigh Broughton      11:48
57. Mike Jones       South Mecklenburg      11:49
58. Andy Terrell     Cary                   11:50
59. Mike Snell       Cary                   11:51
60. Bill Stiles      Charlotte Garinger     11:52
61. Eddie Higgins    North Forsyth          11:53
62. Jack Simmons     North Forsyth          11:54
63. Bruce Tyson      Raleigh Broughton      11:55
64. John Miller      Winston-Salem Reynolds 11:56
65. Bill East        Winston-Salem Reynolds 11:57
66. Keith Bishop     West Meckenburg        11:58
67. Mike Coston      Raleigh Broughton      12:00
68. Ren Putman       Smith                  12:01
69. Ira Meggs        Monroe Piedmont        12:06
70. Jackie Holmes    Fayetteville Sanford   12:11
71. Gary Denton      Cary                   12:12
72. Don Beasley      Smith                  12:14
73. Tom Edmonds      Greensboro Page        12:16
74. Maurice Watson   Durham Hillside        12:18
75. Chris Jones      Greensboro Page        12:23
76. Howard Beatty    Charlotte Garinger     12:30
(76 finishers)
Charlotte Independence junior Steve Grathwohl narrowly edged Jimmy Howell (Durham Hillside) by two-tenths of a second. This was the 2nd year in a row that Howell finished 2nd. Charlotte Myers Park won for the 3rd consecutive year.

44th was sophomore Joe Browder (Greensboro Grimsley). 48th was sophomore Ric Shriver (Winston-Salem RJ Reynolds). Browder went on to become NCHSAA Champion (All-Classification) in the Mile (4:18.6) in 1971. Shriver went on to win the NCHSAA 2-Mile (9:27.0) in 1971.

The State Cross Country Meet included all classifications in 1968. Cross Country was not recognized by the NCHSAA as a girls sport until 1980.


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