OAK RIDGE — Surry County’s newest interscholastic athletic program has its first-ever individual state champion. It very nearly added its first team champion as well.
In a six-day span starting last Thursday, Sara Windsor, a runner for the Lady Lions’ middle school cross-country team, first claimed the Central Carolinas Conference title and then the state championship of the Carolinas Athletic Association for Schools of Choice, the statewide sanctioning body in which Millennium’s teams compete.
On Oct. 20, Windsor was part of a Millennium team that dominated the CCC championships, which were hosted by MCA at Fisher River Park in Dobson. The school has impressed in its first season of competition, and since the conference and state sanctioning body that the Lions compete in offers championships at the middle-school level, there was a chance for this to be a special season for Millennium. In the conference championship, MCA placed its top six runners among the top 12 and won the conference over Clover Garden School of Burlington by 18 points. Windsor ran the two-mile middle school course in 14:05, beating second-place finisher Olivia Cheeck of Chatham Charter by 44 seconds. Martina Banas of MCA finished fourth, Mary Jones sixth, Anna Banas eighth, Cameron Shaw 11th and Anna Windsor 12th.
The only question left was whether or not the Lady Lions would be the state champions in their first year of existence.
On Tuesday at Oak Ridge Military Academy, Sara Windsor romped to the CAASC middle school state championship, completing the 1.7-mile course in a time of 11:27. Following her were Martina Banas in 11th, Jones 15th, Shaw 19th, Anna Banas 20th, and Anna Windsor 22nd.
Millennium Charter Academy finished as state runners-up, beaten only by Thales Academy of Rolesville.
But that wasn’t all of the kudos earned by MCA cross-country athletes this season.
In last week’s conference championships, the high school Lady Lions took home the runner-up trophy, finishing second to the long-established Forsyth Home Educators program by 16 points. Millennium received four all-conference citations thanks to four of its runners finishing in the top 10 individually. Katie Brintle finished fifth, Claudia Cooke sixth, Cali Thomchick eighth, and Ema Harsanova 10th.
They moved on to the CAASC state championships on Tuesday as well. Brintle, Cooke and Harsanova finished sixth, ninth and 10th in the state, respectively, enough for all of them to be named to the All-State Team. Millennium finished second as a team, again beaten only by Forsyth Home Educators, who won the state championship.
In boys’ cross-country, MCA middle school runner Cooper Motsinger finished as conference runner-up last Thursday with a time of 13:15, advancing to Tuesday’s state meet at Oak Ridge, where he placed sixth and thereby earned a spot for himself on the CAASC All-State team.