This past weekend was one of highs and lows. 30 XC team members left school Friday, traveled to Charlotte, only to be confronted with the news of the horrific car accident involving senior XC team members, Janie, Tessa, and Madeline and senior tennis player, Grace. The team rallied Saturday morning and raced in honor of the girls in the Providence Invitational at McAlpine Park.
Megan Sullivan led the girls team with an impressive win over NXN Nationals qualifier (2011) Sydney Foreman with a new personal best of 18:12 propelling herself into contention for an individual state title. Kelsey Moore ran a personal best (19:10) with one shoe untied for the majority of the race. Strong performances backing up our front runners were had by: Ayla Gizlice, Kristen Gardner, and freshman Kylee Vaughn. The girls finished a strong 6th place in the Varsity Race after a very emotional night - proving again that we are a team that will compete for a podium finish late in the season in Kernersville (State Meet location). Looking forward to getting a complete picture of what our girls team can accomplish when we get Mattie Blue and Alison Berger back to toeing the starting line and racing.
The boys team was led by the Junior Class as all seven of our varsity runners started with a personal best, pushing the season goals and expectations even higher than years past. William Roberson and John Dalton Rohr ran 15:40, while Asher Smith-Rose dropped under the 16:00 minute barrier as well. Freshman runner Jeremy Brown surprised everyone but himself with a top 12 finish and impressive 16:02 mark to begin what will surely be a fun four years. The front pack was held together by senior leader and captain Allen Lawrence who finished 5th for the Caps and 16th place overall (16:10). Sophomores Will Sandin and Peter Millsaps continue to provide the depth needed to be a top team by finishing in the top 50, but don't be surprised if one or both make runs for the top 5 in the next few races.
Thank you to everyone for the continued prayers and thoughts for Janie, Tessa, Madeline and Grace as they continue to heal. - Coach Christian