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East Bladen’s A. J. Smith & Cate DeVane Win Cross Country Races

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FAIRMONT – Senior A. J. Smith set an East Bladen school record in the boys’ cross country race, and sophomore Cate DeVane captured first place in the girls event as East Bladen swept the top spots in Friday’s meet against Whiteville and Fairmont.

Smith’s record time of 18:04 eclipsed second-place finisher Brandon Nguyen of Whiteville by a minute and 26 seconds. Smith has won both of East Bladen’s races this season.

DeVane who finished second Monday at Red Springs won her race Friday with a time of 26:04 that was 5 minutes and 36 seconds better than second-place AhNeillyah Gilchrist of Fairmont.

East Bladen’s Sydney Gardner improved her Monday time by over 3 minutes and finished 8th with a time of 36:19.

The Eagles return to action December 2nd at Red Springs.

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