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NCHSAA Boys - at McAlpine Greenway Park, Charlotte
Saturday, November 1, 1980 - 5,000 meters
Note: 1980 was the first year at McAlpine Park. Also the first year for a girls championship.
Teams
 1. Chapel Hill             77
 2. Richmond County         98
 3. East Mecklenburg       100
 4. Greensboro Grimsley    100
 5. Winston-Salem Reynolds 103
 6. Greenville Rose        129
 7. New Bern               149
 8. Asheville AC Reynolds  153
 9. Oxford JF Webb         194
10. Asheville TC Roberson  221


Myers Park's Ken Dowdle approaches the finish
(Photo by Mark B. Sluder, Charlotte Observer)

Individuals
 1. Ken Dowdle       Charlotte Myers Park   15:28.0 State Meet Record 
 2. Rick Wallace     Garner                 15:31
 3. Robert Baker     North Iredell          15:35
 4. Harry Williams   Greenville Rose        15:36 Update
 5. Jimmy Nicholson  Randleman              15:58
 6. Leon Yates       Chapel Hill            15:59
 7. Mike Moses       Greensboro Grimsley    16:02
 8. Ken Smith        Greenville Rose        16:03
 9. David Neish      Chapel Hill            16:06
10. Mike Sparks      Winston-Salem Reynolds 16:12
11. Phil Roberts     East Gaston            16:15
12. Victor Robinson  Richmond County        16:20
13. Mark Shea        Raleigh Broughton      16:21
14. Tony Hills       Wilson Fike            16:22
15. Van Wilkins      Asheville              16:23
16. Paul Brim        Greensboro Page        16:24
17. Allen Ford       Greensboro Grimsley    16:26
18. Ken Forman       East Mecklenburg       16:27
19. David Johnson    DB                     16:32
20. Johnny Evans     North Forsyth          16:39
21. Mike Loveless    East Wake              16:42
22. Kirk Hardymon    East Mecklenburg       16:45
23. Greg Douglas     Richmond County        16:46
24. Bill Will        Gastonia Ashbrook      16:48
25. David Colby      New Bern               16:48
26. Chris Gibson     Richmond County        16:52
27. Mike Covington   Richmond County        16:53
28. Tommy Albanese   Greensboro Grimsley    16:57
29. Dennis McNamara  Chapel Hill            16:57
30. Chris Baker      Asheville AC Reynolds  16:58
31. Greg Duval       New Bern               16:59
32. Dan Seaborn      East Mecklenburg       17:00
33. Bryant Little    Winston-Salem Reynolds 17:03
34. Steve Dew        Wilson Beddingfield    17:06
35. Nate Berry       Winston-Salem Reynolds 17:07
36. Dirk Dawson      Winston-Salem Reynolds 17:07
37. Matthew Ledford  Asheville AC Reynolds  17:08
38. David Young      Chapel Hill            17:09
39. Bernard Roberts  Oxford JF Webb          17:10
40. Kyle Fidler      East Mecklenburg       17:10
41. John Ormond      Greenville JH Rose     17:11
42. Danny Wright     Asheville AC Reynolds  17:11
43. Tim Fry          Greensboro Grimsley    17:13
44. Chris Sheppard   Asheville Erwin        17:16
45. Paul Heffernan   Chapel Hill            17:17
46. Donnie Pippin    Asheville TC Roberson  17:19
47. Kenneth Perry    Oxford JF Webb         17:20
48. Chip Litle       Greenville JH Rose     17:21
49. Steve Hughes     Winston-Salem Reynolds 17:23
50. Tim Long         New Bern               17:25
51. Doug Houghton    East Mecklenburg       17:26
52. Eric Davis       Asheville AC Reynolds  17:32
53. Karl Spielvogel  Chapel Hill            17:32
54. Milton Todd      Oxford JF Webb         17:33
55. Reggie Harris    Asheville TC Roberson  17:36
56. Eugene Sumrell   New Bern               17:38
57. Jimmy Toole      Winston-Salem Reynolds 17:39
58. Brian Connell    New Bern               17:39
59. Keith Terry      Oxford JF Webb         17:41
60. Joe Willis       Greensboro Grimsley    17:43
61. John Lancaster   East Mecklenburg       17:45
62. Steve Carpenter  Asheville TC Roberson  17:49
63. Eddie Jones      Asheville AC Reynolds  17:51
64. Terry White      New Bern               17:56
65. Chris Harris     East Mecklenburg       17:58
66. James Thompson   Asheville TC Roberson  17:59
67. David Britt      Asheville TC Roberson  18:04
68. Fred Burr        Richmond County        18:06
69. Mitchell Diamond Oxford JF Webb         18:09
70. Curt Dansby      Chapel Hill            18:12
71. Phil Foster      Greensboro Grimsley    18:14
72. Jack Puckett     Oxford JF Webb         18:18
73. James Covington  Richmond County        18:24
74. John Thorpe      Oxford JF Webb         18:25
75. Jeff Cauble      Asheville AC Reynolds  18:27
76. Paul Pfefferkorn Winston-Salem Reynolds 18:38
77. Grant Newman     Asheville AC Reynolds  18:45
78. Richard Staten   New Bern               18:47
79. Larry Talbert    Greenville JH Rose     18:51
80. Curt Spillers    Richmond County        19:04
81. Steve Soltez     Greensboro Grimsley    19:08
82. Alan Collier     Asheville TC Roberson  19:41
83. Dave Steffensen  Greenville JH Rose     20:33
(83 finishers)
Dowdle's 15:28.0 established a new course record for the McAlpine course.


NCISAA Boys - at McAlpine Greenway Park, Charlotte, 1980 - 5,000 meters

Teams
1. Durham Academy          35
2. Northside Christian     53
3. Christ School          128
4. Forsyth Country Day    136
5. Charlotte Latin        149
6. Charlotte Country Day  156
7. Asheville School       163
8. Providence Day         198
9. Raleigh Ravenscroft    224
10.Ben Lippen             226
11.O'Neal School          313
12.Southview              337
13.Greensboro Day         364
14.Patterson School       383

Individuals
1. Paul Maxwell     Durham Academy        16:05
2. Mike Burton      Northside Christian   16:18
3. Mike Maxwell     Durham Academy        17:02
4. Edmond Miller    Durham Academy        17:04
5. Jeff Cox         Charlotte Latin       17:15
6. Scott Sylvester  Christ School         17:27
7. Tim Brower       Durham Academy        17:29
8. Jeff Turbyfill   Northside Christian   17:36
9. David Sielewicz  Asheville School      17:37
10.Roger Ayscue     Northside Christian   17:38
11.Walker Douglas   Forsyth Country Day   17:39
12.Wayne MaGruder   Asheville School      17:43
13.Richard Preyer   O'Neal School         17:46
14.Dusty Dial       Christ School         17:48
15.Scott King       Northside Christian   17:57
16.Chan Swallow     Charlotte Country Day 17:58
17.Brad Sage        Charlotte Christian   18:05
18.Phil Dee         Charlotte Country Day 18:11
19.Marty Moore      Northside Christian   18:14
20.Mike Payne       Providence Day        18:17
21.Peter Strickland Durham Academy        18:19
22.Frank MacDonald  Raleigh Ravenscroft   18:24
23.Ray Workman      Charlotte Latin       18:34
24.Glenn Bo         Ben Lippen            18:37
25.David Welch      Forsyth Country Day   18:42
- Thanks to Durham Academy coach Dennis Cullen for providing NCISAA results.


NCHSAA Girls - at McAlpine Greenway Park, Charlotte - Saturday, November 1, 1980 - 5,000 meters

Teams
1. Chapel Hill            77
2. South Mecklenburg      84
3. Durham Jordan          98
4. Fayetteville Westover 102
5. Greensboro Grimsley   10?
6. Ashv. Clyde A. Erwin  121
7. Fayetteville EE Smith 136
8. Charlotte Myers Park  144
-- East Burke          no score
-- East Rowan          no score

Individuals
 1. Charlotte McCall    McDowell County          19:14.9 State Meet Record
 2. Leslie Ladd         East Forsyth             19:17
 3. Lene Hestdal        Charlotte Myers Park     19:39
 4. Page Morton         Greensboro Grimsley      19:43
 5. Renee Moog          Asheville Erwin          19:48
 6. Tina Beckedorf      South Mecklenburg        19:55
 7. Sandy Martin        Cary                     20:18
 8. Lori Norwood        Fayetteville Westover    20:19
 9. Susan Dresser       RM [Rocky Mount?]        20:21 [Millbrook?]
10. Shirley Truesdale   West Mecklenburg         20:25
11. Stephanie Hammitt   East Burke               20:29
12. Tammy Sawyer        Asheville Erwin          20:33
13. Heather Cairns      Chapel Hill              20:35
14. Diane McMahon       Chapel Hill              20:41
15. Joy Nicholson       Randleman                20:44
16. Mary Herz           Fayetteville Pine Forest 20:53
17. Susan Ess           RM [Rocky Mount?]        20:54 [Millbrook?]
18. Valerie Dean        Durham Hillside          20:57
19. Delores Heib        Fayetteville Westover    20:59
20. Jill Britton        South Mecklenburg        21:02
21. Julie Hudson        East Burke               21:03
22. Connie Fraley       East Rowan               21:05
23. Lisa Morales        South Mecklenburg        21:14
24. Beverly Davey       Charlotte Myers Park     21:29
25. Amy Houser          Gastonia Ashbrook        21:30
26. Lillian Mitchell    Durham Jordan            21:30
27. Allyson Nussear     WC [West Charlotte?]     21:36 [W. Carteret?]
28. Cammie Steadman     Statesville              21:41
29. Meredith Wingard    Durham Jordan            21:56
30. Mary Daniels        Brevard                  21:59
31. Katie Merten        Chapel Hill              21:59
32. Jennifer Gwynn      Vance County             22:03
33. Isabella Sass       Fayetteville EE Smith    22:06
34. Debra Hollifield    East Burke               22:15
35. Kathy Gall          Durham Jordan            22:16
36. Debbie Sarakatis    Fayetteville EE Smith    22:25
37. Betsy Stelgenmuller Durham Jordan            22:25
38. Jennifer Smith      Chapel Hill              22:26
39. Carol Salgado       Fayetteville Westover    22:33
40. Sarah Cumbus        Greensboro Grimsley      22:45
41. Amy Lloyd           South Mecklenburg        22:50
42. Laura King          Fayetteville EE Smith    22:50
43. Joan Marsicano      Greensboro Grimsley      22:51
44. Carol Pittman       Fayetteville Westover    22:53
45. Amy Smith           Chapel Hill              22:56
46. Donna Deloste       Greensboro Grimsley      22:58
47. Karen Sutton        Asheville Erwin          23:15
48. Susan Hill          East Rowan               23:19
49. Karen Gibbs         East Burke               23:20
50. Lorette Chaney      Chapel Hill              23:21
51. Cara Abernathy      Greensboro Grimsley      23:25
52. Heather Winchester  Greensboro Grimsley      23:26
53. Patti Silkworth     Greensboro Grimsley      23:32
54. Liz Tudela          Fayetteville EE Smith    23:48
55. Peggy Coffin        Durham Jordan            23:55
56. Holly Neckerman     South Mecklenburg        24:10
57. Cynthia Radford     Asheville Erwin          24:13
58. Kathy Mouser        South Mecklenburg        24:23
59. Becky Peeler        East Rowan               24:27
60. Suzanne Massey      Fayetteville EE Smith    24:32
61. Darah Mayfield      Charlotte Myers Park     24:41
62. Kim Goff            Fayetteville Westover    24:45
63. Dottie Reado        Durham Jordan            24:55
64. Kelly Mikkelson     South Mecklenburg        24:57
65. Tammy Daniels       Charlotte Myers Park     25:09
66. Elaine Futris       Fayetteville Westover    25:54
67. Jane Seward         Asheville Erwin          25:58
68. Jill Noles          Charlotte Myers Park     26:06
69. Sharon Feldman      Fayetteville Westover    26:27
70. Jenny Girouard      Fayetteville EE Smith    26:51
71. Becky Caudle        East Rowan               28:22
72. Lisa Pounders       Asheville Erwin          29:43
73. Christine Manual    Fayetteville EE Smith    30:06
(73 finishers)
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(Source: The Charlotte Observer,  Sunday - November 2, 1980.)

Dowdle Cheered To Title

By Sam Fulwood III - Observer Staff Writer

Myers Park's Ken Dowdle owns the 1980 N.C. high school boys' cross country championship title. In part, he credits a cheering hometown crowd for helping him win it. His high recognition factor didn't hurt either.

About 500 spectators watched Dowdle's course- record 15:28 run over the 5,000-meter course at McAlpine Greenway Park in east Charlotte. In addition, they saw McDowell High ninth-grader Charlotte McCall set a course record 19:14.9 in the first girls' state cross country championships.

Chapel Hill swept both the boys' and girls' team titles. Richmond County finished second and East Mecklenburg tied Greensboro Grimsley for third in the boys' event. South Mecklenburg was second among the girls.

Many spectators were coaches or relatives of the runners, but most apparently were familiar with Dowdle. He was the runner most spectators craned their necks to watch, and he received noisy encouragement as the runners approached the course's major hill.

"I appreciated that a whole lot," Dowdle said after the race. "Once I hear people cheer for me, I want to run that much better. I heard the crowd at the bottom of the hill. They were all lined up there and cheering. That made me run faster and harder up the hill. I just sprinted up it. That was the best I've ever run the hill."

Dowdle bettered the 15:33.4 course record set by Ken Costello Sept. 12 at the Coaches' Invitational.

Garner's Rick Wallace also bettered the previous course record, finishing in 15:31. North Iredell's Robert Baker was third at 15:35.

McCall topped the girls' course record of 19:35.4 set by Myers Park's Lene Hestdal in the Coaches' Invitational. She said she didn't enter with thoughts of setting a record. But did she think she would win?

"No I didn't," she said. "You've always gotta have confidence, but I'd heard a lot about the other people."

McCall said her strategy was to keep up with the lead runner and take the lead near the finish. It didn't work out exactly as she planned though. She led nearly all the way.

East Forsyth's Leslie Ladd, the girls' individual runner-up at 19:17, said she and McCall were shoulder-to-shoulder until they cleared the final wooded part of the course, with about a half mile remaining.

"We were competing the whole way," Ladd said. "She just had a stronger kick."

Hestdal, who won the Charlotte Sectional on the same course, finished third at 19:39.

The Chapel Hill boys, defending state champions, scored 77 points -- 21 fewer than Richmond. East Meck and Grimsley had 100.

Gary Adams, who coaches both Chapel Hill teams, said he especially wanted the girls to win.

"That's one thing we were shooting for -- to be the first to do it," said Adams. "I felt real confident. They (the girls' team) had beaten most of the strong competition during the regular season."

The Tiger girls scored 77 points, seven fewer than second place South Mecklenburg. Durham Jordan was third with 98. Myers Park, second last week in the Charlotte Sectional, was eighth this time.

The meet, run at Campbell University in Buies Creek the previous two years, was the second state high school championship in Charlotte this week. The state girls' volleyball championship was played Thursday at Garinger High. It was the first time the state cross country meet had been held in Charlotte.

"I've never in 15 years seen one (a state cross country meet) better organized and better run," said Charlie Adams, assistant director of the N.C. High School Athletic Association. "I wish all our state meets were like this."

Charlotte- Mecklenburg Schools athletic director Dave Harris said that would be fine with him.

"We want to keep it," Harris said. "And we're interested in getting anything else we can -- like the state track meet."


High Marks Given to Girls' 1st State Meet

by Susan Shackelford
(High School Sports Column, The Charlotte Observer)

Stephanie Hammett of East Burke High threw some trash in a barrel after her race, Charlie Adams of the N.C. High School Athletic Association watched runners finish, and the team from Fayetteville E.E. Smith told an interesting story.

But they had two things in common.

Saturday morning, they had gathered for the first running of the N.C. girls' cross country championships, run on a breezy sunny day at McAlpine Greenway Park; and they all thought the first season of the state's organized program for girls in the sport had been successful.

And it has been.

Only 151 of the 342 schools in the N.C. High School Association have boys' cross country, and this year 67 schools had at least one girl runner. That's a good showing for a sport that in largely individual and requires a lot of self- motivation to ensure proper conditioning.

The girls competed in five sectional meets last week -- just like the boys. In Charlotte's Southwestern 4A conference, six of the 10 schools had full girls' teams (five runners). And originally, there probably would have been more, because league coaches had planned to field teams this season and score the top three runners. But when the state association went ahead and adopted the sport, the coaches decided to field full, five-girl teams.

"We can't expect overnight miracles," said East Mecklenburg coach Larry McAfee, "but it's been a positive step to me."

Hammett had similar feelings. "I felt it went real well. We got the conference and the sectional, and it's going to help us in track this spring."

She said she didn't believe the national jogging boom was responsible for the participation this year. "Girls, more in general, are getting into athletics," she said.

Nearby, as Adams, the association's assistant executive director, watched the first girl runners cross the finish line, he turned to a spectator and said, "Tremendous -- I bet it (participation) will double next year."

"It's such an inexpensive sport," he explained, as runners walked through the finish chute in front of him. "It's such a good sport, and it's got such good carryover value."

The sport also helped fill a void in the association's fall sports offerings this year. Association officials dropped girls' golf because only 14 qualified for the state championship last season -- down from more than 80 the first year of a golf title, 1969.

"We hated to get out of the golf business," said association executive director Simon Terrell, contacted by telephone Friday, "(but) we just couldn't justify a state championship with 14 people.

"We polled the schools, and far more indicated they were interested in cross country."

If fact, many already had teams or one or two girls running on the boys' teams. And this is where E.E. Smith's story fits in.

Somehow, word never got to E.E. Smith and its conference, the Division 3 4A, that the state cross country distance was 5,000 meters (3.12 miles). So, the schools kept right on running 2 miles, the distance they'd used for girls the last several years.

Well, E.E. Smith and league member Fayetteville Westover didn't find out the new distance until they arrived at the sectional last week at Smithfield, about 30 miles east of Raleigh. "There was a breakdown in communication," said E.E. Smith coach Jim Van Hook.

But you might not have known it once the sectional had ended. The Fayetteville schools swept the top two places, qualifying for the state meet.

"We took it in stride," Van Hook said, "and I believe the girls did an especially good job."

"I think we were really determined not to let it psych us out," said Smith's Jenny Girouard. "We also were determined because it was the first sectional for girls -- for the record books."

Indeed.


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