Four out of the top five boys teams, and three out of the top five girls teams in the returning rankings are set to compete at McAlpine on Saturday morning.
The first full 5K of the season on a fast McAlpine course will show which teams are serious about winning a state title come November.
The CISAA is loaded with top-ranked NCISAA teams, and that makes it the most competitive conference in the state.
Broughton leads the strongest conference in the state, and it's the girls that really make the CAP-8 formidable.
Part of Cardinal Gibbons' success at the regional and state level could be attributed to competing in a strong conference.
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While a few of the 3A conferences are at the top, there are smaller-school conferences that are very competitive at the 2A and 1A level.
There are new teams coming, and some of the runners have new uniforms, but Providence is still a fast start to the season.
Frances Massey powers an East Lincoln team that ranks very high in the classification, helping her conference to the top spot as well.
The North Central Athletic Conference has by far the most boys' talent in 1A, while another conference boasts the best girls.
After an off-the-radar spring season that must have been frustrating, the Broughton junior looks ready for a new start this fall.
Nick Linder was in complete control of the boys' race, while a newcomer from the Northeast was the girls' surprise winner.
Kathleen Mansure had the best individual performance on the hilly version of the State Farm Fields course.
Kayla Holder ran the second-fastest time in meet history, and several teams showed their early-season strength at WakeMed.
Ryan Speer (North Raleigh Christian Academy) runs in the TISAC, which is loaded with individual and team talent.
The hilly Myers Park course will reveal which teams and individuals put in the work over the summer to be ready for 2014.
A trip to Boone in August brings cooler temperatures and allows some hidden talent to reveal itself.
Returning times from the same meet a year ago may not be a great indicator of current fitness, but it gives up a picture of who will be there.
Is this the year when Page breaks through in a crowded Midwest 4A regional, where they finished 6th in 2013?
Asheville's boys dominated the 3A West in 2013, and the database predicts the same for this upcoming season.
Despite the loss of last year's #1 runner, Croatan is still in line to be a regional champion (and in the mix at the state meet, too.)
Can Bishop McGuinness pull off another double victory in the 1A Midwest? The database thinks so.
International performances by former North Carolina high school or college athletes, including unattached college performances
The boys' 4A Mideast has been the toughest region in the state the past few years, and will continue to be. Right?
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