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Trailblazers revel in state championships | USA Today High School Sports

Asheville Trailblazers senior James Dorris.

Asheville Trailblazers senior James Dorris.

ASHEVILLE – High school cross country is run in increments of three, as in the race length of 3.1 miles.

Asheville Trailblazers senior James Dorris approaches state championships the same way. Dorris became a three-time winner of the North Carolinians for Home Education Athletic Commission meet on Oct. 17 in Greensboro.

Dorris covered the course at Hagan Stone Park in a personal-record time of 16 minutes, 58 seconds over the runner-up in the state meet was 1:14. The next runner crossed the finish line at 18:05.72.

“It was a really good race,” Dorris said.

“I was a little over a mile in and the (second-place runner) was probably about 15 yards behind. I picked it up. I’ve run this meet three times and won it three times which is kinda neat. I don’t know that many people who have done that before.”

Dorris previously won the NCHEAC meet as a sophomore and junior. He trains in the offseason for the Asheville-based Fast Twitch Track Club and doesn’t yet know what the future holds in terms of competing in college.

“I’d like to,” Dorris said.

“But it’s not going to determine where I go.”

The Trailblazers boys came in second, team-wise, with 60 points to state champion Forsyth (55). Jason Hicks (fifth place, 18:59.60) and Michael Adair (10th, 19:43.90) also placed in the top-10 for Asheville.

The Asheville Trailblazers volleyball team.

The Asheville Trailblazers volleyball team.

And this past weekend, the Trailblazers volleyball team won state gold on its home court – the Xcel Sportsplex in Henderson County. Asheville beat Durham in Saturday’s championship match, 25-17, 25-22, 22-25 and 25-20.

Katie Kania was named the NCHEAC western conference’s most valuable player and joined on the all-conference team by Elisabeth Vining, Bekah Downer and Becca Camacho. Downer, Kania and Anna Hutchinson are the only seniors for the Trailblazers (33-2).

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