Cross Country Preview: NCHSAA 1A

The NCHSAA 1A classification is always interesting to look at. Without a doubt, there are some very underrated teams and invididuals in the smallest public school classification in North Carolina. This year's girls team race looks to have a clear favorite. The Hendersonville girls return 5 girls that broke 22:00 last year and are led by front running Kristen Stout. This should be a tough team and remember that most of these times come from courses in the mountains.

The next 4 returning teams in the rankings all have something in common. Each of the schools can pull from a slightly larger area due to the fact they are independent schools. Some see this is as unfair, but the fact is they are still following NCHSAA rules and regulations and are still the same size as the other schools in 1A.

North Carolina School of Science and Math can pull from anyone in the state, BUT these athletes must first get into the school due to academics. Athletics comes 2nd at an elite math and science school like this one. Gray Stone Day, as noted last year in an article, is a team on the rise and has shown steady improvement over the last few years.

I'm going to stick with the teams listed in the top 5 . . . someone in there should win the title and right now the nod goes to Hendersonville. One possible team that could sneak into the top 10, but only if they find a couple more runners . . . Cherokee.
 

1 NC Hendersonville High School 66
  1) Stout, Kristen 2011 20:00.00 3
  2) Lackey, Elizabet 2013 21:21.20 11
  3) Chet, Alyssa 2012 21:31.00 15
  4) Stout, Kimberly 2013 21:50.00 18
  5) Fosberg, Anna 2012 21:53.00 19
  Average Time: 21:19.04 -- Total Time: 1:46:35.2 -- 1-5 Split: 1:53
  6) Schwab, Ann Rame 2013 22:12.93 25
  7) Unda, Ana 2012 22:24.90 31
  8) Stout, Ann Ramey 2013 23:13.00 --
  9) Stout, Ann Ramey 2013 23:13.00 --
  10) Brooks, Erin 2013 24:04.43 --
2 NC Gray Stone Day School 143
  1) Latimer, Hunter 2012 20:16.00 5
  2) Watkins, Amber 2013 21:02.00 7
  3) Featherstone, Jan 2012 21:35.10 16
  4) Bergstresser, Mar 2012 22:27.00 34
  5) Barrows, Katherine 2011 24:29.60 81
  Average Time: 21:57.94 -- Total Time: 1:49:49.7 -- 1-5 Split: 4:13.6
  6) Ingold, Megan 2013 25:28.00 99
  7) Taylor, Kendall 2013 25:29.20 100
  8) Allyn, Brittany 2012 25:45.10 --
  9) Medlin, Kacey 2012 26:56.00 --
  10) Brown, Rachael 2012 28:16.00 --
3 NC North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics 143
  1) Davis, Brittany 2011 21:13.00 9
  2) Xu, Kali 2011 21:15.00 10
  3) Ni, Colleen 2011 22:18.00 28
  4) Griffin, Kagan 2011 22:49.81 40
  5) Llesanmi, Ade 2011 23:22.30 56
  Average Time: 22:11.62 -- Total Time: 1:50:58.11 -- 1-5 Split: 2:09.3
  6) Ni, Zhanxi Colleen 2011 23:47.59 68
  7) Huh, Grace 2011 25:51.18 107
  8) Brown, Taylor 2011 29:46.56 --
4 NC Lake Norman Charter School HS 151
  1) Johnson, Bethany 2011 20:47.00 6
  2) Zaino, Stephanie 2013 21:53.50 20
  3) Somloi, Megan 2013 22:30.00 36
  4) Hinson, Olivia 2011 22:52.90 42
  5) Siemon, Bridgette 2013 23:03.80 47
  Average Time: 22:13.44 -- Total Time: 1:51:07.2 -- 1-5 Split: 2:16.8
  6) Noble, Meaghan 2011 23:36.00 58
  7) Rost, Bethany 2012 23:37.90 61
  8) Meiers, Gloria 2013 23:43.10 --
  9) Somloi, Lauren 2011 23:56.80 --
  10) Brown, Amber 2011 24:05.50 --
5 NC Bishop McGuinness 202
  1) Dimoff, Michaela 2012 21:41.76 17
  2) Errington, Alex 2013 22:13.34 26
  3) Bennett, Kathryn 2012 22:22.13 29
  4) Tremblay, Brynna 2013 23:25.00 57
  5) Conforti, Serena 2012 24:04.21 73
  Average Time: 22:45.29 -- Total Time: 1:53:46.44 -- 1-5 Split: 2:22.45
  6) Brown, Kathryn 2012 24:12.90 76
  7) Carmean, Caitlyn 2011 24:15.00 78
  8) Wright, Katie 2013 24:46.00 --
  9) Merendino, Katelyn 2013 24:52.00 --
  10) Ogle, Bailey 2012 25:18.80 --
6 NC Swain County High School 261
  1) Parris, Rebecca 2011 22:55.00 44
  2) Viscusi, Vanessa 2013 23:03.00 46
  3) Monteith, Holly 2011 23:15.10 53
  4) Viscusi, Jessica 2011 23:15.70 54
  5) Hawken, Becca 2011 23:40.80 64
  Average Time: 23:13.92 -- Total Time: 1:56:09.6 -- 1-5 Split: 45.80
  6) Sutton, Brandi 2012 24:40.00 86
  7) Curtice, Michell 2013 24:55.00 88
  8) Cooper, Kelly 2013 25:03.57 --
  9) Nations, Chelsey 2012 25:39.20 --
  10) Shell, Mary 2012 28:10.00 --
7 NC East Wilkes High School 293
  1) Blankenship, Carol 2011 18:59.15 1
  2) Blankenship, Carrie 2011 21:02.91 8
  3) Reddings, Kelsey 2011 23:37.63 59
  4) Blankenship, Candace 2011 24:56.94 89
  5) Tharpe, Kaity 2011 28:16.00 136
  Average Time: 23:22.53 -- Total Time: 1:56:52.63 -- 1-5 Split: 9:16.85
  6) Norman, Amanda 2011 33:21.00 163
  7) Sparks, Candace 2013 33:39.00 164
8 NC Murphy High School 305
  1) Craven, Emily 2012 21:22.30 12
  2) Henry, Brittany 2011 22:35.00 37
  3) Tarin, Ashley 2012 23:46.74 66
  4) Surrett, Emily 2012 24:30.10 82
  5) Brown, Courtney 2011 25:57.29 108
  Average Time: 23:38.29 -- Total Time: 1:58:11.43 -- 1-5 Split: 4:34.99
  6) Jones, Darian 2013 28:17.80 138
9 NC Raleigh Charter High School 335
  1) Bulkley, Mallory 2011 22:50.00 41
  2) Siegert, Danielle 2013 23:12.00 51
  3) Ewing, Emily 2011 23:42.00 65
  4) Cheung, Cheyenne 2012 24:34.00 84
  5) Hren, Allison 2011 25:17.00 94
  Average Time: 23:55 -- Total Time: 1:59:35 -- 1-5 Split: 2:27
  6) Howard, Gabby 2011 25:36.00 102
  7) Ward, Kayla 2012 28:00.91 131
  8) Doyle, Alania 2011 28:27.50 --
  9) Moran, Norah 2012 28:42.12 --
  10) Conley, Bryn 2013 30:48.00 --
10 NC Hayesville High School 355
  1) Anderson, Danika 2013 23:02.00 45
  2) Mills, Maggie 2011 23:37.73 60
  3) Wickersham, Tara 2011 23:47.05 67
  4) Leek, Haley 2011 24:05.58 74
  5) Chastain, Brittany 2011 25:57.62 109
  Average Time: 24:06 -- Total Time: 2:0:29.98 -- 1-5 Split: 2:55.62
  6) Douglas, Kaleigh 2012 25:58.68 110
  7) James, Claire 2011 26:48.58 115
  8) James, Sarah 2011 27:57.37 --
  9) Mctaggart, Jackie 2013 29:18.22 --
11 NC Highland School of Technology 413
  1) Terrio, Rachel 2013 23:38.60 62
  2) LeGrand, Grace 2013 23:40.23 63
  3) Black, Maia 2012 23:48.10 69
  4) Brown, Maren 2011 25:33.55 101
  5) Maney, Elizabeth 2012 27:04.55 118
  Average Time: 24:45.01 -- Total Time: 2:3:45.03 -- 1-5 Split: 3:25.95
  6) Paschall, Anna 2012 27:25.07 124
  7) Kreisman, Monique 2011 27:43.95 126
  8) Clark, Jessica 2011 28:32.56 --
12 NC Chatham Central High School 435
  1) Gaines, Holly 2012 21:29.94 14
  2) Johnson, Anna 2012 24:02.86 71
  3) Ellison, Lauren 2012 25:21.13 95
  4) Webster, Isabell 2013 27:11.00 120
  5) Burke, Taylor 2012 28:16.00 135
  Average Time: 25:16.19 -- Total Time: 2:6:20.93 -- 1-5 Split: 6:46.06
13 NC West Wilkes High School 451
  1) Laplante, Krista 2013 22:37.70 38
  2) Roten, Makayla 2013 24:30.70 83
  3) Siers, Kristen 2011 25:08.90 93
  4) Johnson, Mackenzie 2011 26:39.20 114
  5) Mitchell, Jessica 2011 27:22.30 123
  Average Time: 25:15.76 -- Total Time: 2:6:18.8 -- 1-5 Split: 4:44.6
  6) Mabe, Jessica 2012 29:54.10 150
14 NC North Stokes 462
  1) Lemons, Jodie 2011 19:49.70 2
  2) Amos, Jordan 2013 22:25.00 32
  3) Condon, Erin 2011 27:52.00 129
  4) Rhodes, Kaitlyn 2013 29:42.00 148
  5) Vineyard, Kymbre 2012 30:23.72 151
  Average Time: 26:02.48 -- Total Time: 2:10:12.42 -- 1-5 Split: 10:34.02
  6) Subadra, Semetaite 2011 36:19.30 167
15 NC Lejeune High School 468
  1) Hallstrom, Meckenzie 2011 21:24.90 13
  2) Snipes, Taylor 2011 25:01.03 90
  3) Price, Marissa 2011 25:41.02 103
  4) Crider, Miranda 2012 27:51.26 128
  5) Williams, Mary 2012 28:04.61 134
  Average Time: 25:36.56 -- Total Time: 2:8:02.82 -- 1-5 Split: 6:39.71
  6) Ryan, Larrissa 2013 32:19.60 159



As far as the individual title goes, this one may be the most obvious of any of the classifications. Carol Blankenship won by over a minute last year and she's already improved since then. While on the trip to Australia, Carol represented team North Carolina with two speedy times: 18:33 & 18:42. She is hands down the top of the 1A classification and will most likely leave the others to battle it out for the number 2 spot.

Jodie Lemons of North Stokes was 2nd at last year's state meet and is also returning. She should be up there in the mix once again along with Tacey Trammell of Robbinsville. These 3 girls were the top 3 at the state meet last year and each return. Along with them should be Kristen Stout of Hendersonville and Gray Stone Day's Hunter Latimer. Both girls have the potential to finish in that 2nd spot at the state meet.

Two other girls to keep an eye on are Jordan Amos of North Stokes who could join Jodie near the top of the classification after a strong track season.

Also, not sure if Avery's Mary Chestnut Smith is going to run XC, but if she does, look for her to be in the mix for 2nd place as well.

This is the returning list based on last year's times:
 

1. 18:59.15 Carol Blankenship NC East Wilkes High School 2011 09/08/2009 Calwell County Invitational
*** MILESPLIT US SECOND TEAM ELITE 19:45.00 ***
  2. 19:49.70 Jodie Lemons NC North Stokes 2011 10/03/2009 Hagan Stone Classic
  3. 20:00.00 Kristen Stout NC Hendersonville High School 2011 10/03/2009 Wendys Invitational
  4. 20:04.00 Tacey Trammell NC Robbinsville High School 2011 09/30/2009 Murphy HS Meet
  5. 20:16.00 Hunter Latimer NC Gray Stone Day School 2012 08/29/2009 Providence Invitational
  6. 20:47.00 Bethany Johnson NC Lake Norman Charter School HS 2011 09/22/2009 Weddington XC Invitational
  7. 21:02.00 Amber Watkins NC Gray Stone Day School 2013 11/07/2009 NCHSAA 1A State Championships
  8. 21:02.91 Carrie Blankenship NC East Wilkes High School 2011 09/08/2009 Calwell County Invitational
  9. 21:13.00 Brittany Davis NC North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics 2011 10/31/2009 NCHSAA 1A Mideast Regional
  10. 21:15.00 Kali Xu NC North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics 2011 10/31/2009 NCHSAA 1A Mideast Regional
  11. 21:21.20 Elizabet Lackey NC Hendersonville High School 2013 11/07/2009 NCHSAA 1A State Championships
  12. 21:22.30 Emily Craven NC Murphy High School 2012 11/07/2009 NCHSAA 1A State Championships
  13. 21:24.90 Meckenzie Hallstrom NC Lejeune High School 2011 11/07/2009 NCHSAA 1A State Championships
  14. 21:29.94 Holly Gaines NC Chatham Central High School 2012 09/05/2009 8th Annual Jungle Run
  15. 21:31.00 Alyssa Chet NC Hendersonville High School 2012 10/03/2009 Wendys Invitational



On the boy's side, look for Science and Math to even be better than they appear here in the rankings. From what I understand, Robby Baraldi from West Johnston will be there next year. He has a personal best of 16:23 and that would make him the returning #1 for NCSSM. So, it should be tough to beat them this coming year!

Lake Norman Charter is the #2 returning team. I know that their returning number 2 runner has been putting in the work because he went to Australia with myself and Team North Carolina. Jordan smashed his previous personal best of 17:24, running 16:39 while in Australia. Look for him to be much improved and to help give LNC a possible chance to win it all.

The next 3 teams all come from the mountain region and typically battle against one another all year round. This could really help get ready for the state meet as they race each other all season long.

I'd say Hayeville will be the top team out of the 3 as they return Tyler Breedlove and the boys looked much improved during the track season. This could even be a team to challenge for the top spot . . . maybe.
 

1 NC North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics 66
  1) Ellwanger, Kerry 2011 16:44.00 2
  2) Jordan, Matthew 2011 16:44.00 3
  3) Turlington, Eli 2011 17:12.00 7
  4) Li, Alex 2011 17:31.00 13
  5) Sheedy, Kristiaan 2011 18:37.50 41
  Average Time: 00.00 -- Total Time: 00.00 -- 1-5 Split: 18:37.5
  6) Martin, Justin 2011 18:51.00 52
  7) Jacobs, Samuel 2011 19:04.34 60
  8) Shepherd, Joseph 2011 19:34.80 --
  9) Gilmore, William 2011 19:38.18 --
  10) Harris, David 2011 19:58.70 --
2 NC Lake Norman Charter School HS 92
  1) Foran, Erik 2011 17:04.00 6
  2) Phillips, Jordan 2011 17:24.50 11
  3) Hooker, Bryant 2012 17:30.20 12
  4) Westbay, Michael 2012 18:07.90 27
  5) Farber, Nathan 2012 18:27.80 36
  Average Time: 17:42.88 -- Total Time: 1:28:34.4 -- 1-5 Split: 1:23.8
  6) Hack, Chris 2012 18:30.90 38
  7) Wronsky, Matt 2012 18:53.20 54
  8) Heaton, Madison 2011 19:21.70 --
  9) Hargett, Saban 2011 20:02.80 --
  10) Panza, Chris 2011 20:04.00 --
3 NC Robbinsville High School 116
  1) Massey, Tyler 2011 17:13.60 8
  2) Tatham, Trent 2012 17:57.15 20
  3) Buchanan, Lance 2011 17:58.40 21
  4) Boxberger, Creighton 2011 18:06.00 25
  5) Williams, Kyle 2011 18:38.50 42
  Average Time: 17:58.73 -- Total Time: 1:29:53.65 -- 1-5 Split: 1:24.9
  6) Morefield, Nick 2012 19:56.84 85
  7) Cable, Joey 2013 21:12.00 110
4 NC Hayesville High School 136
  1) Breedlove, Tyler 2011 16:59.00 4
  2) Vinson, Robert 2012 17:42.70 16
  3) Johnson, Dylan 2013 17:54.20 19
  4) Anderson, Mark 2012 18:20.28 31
  5) Jordan, Weston 2012 19:16.27 66
  Average Time: 18:02.49 -- Total Time: 1:30:12.45 -- 1-5 Split: 2:17.27
  6) Long, Drake 2011 20:01.98 86
  7) Trull, Sam 2013 22:04.00 133
  8) Murray, Ben 2011 25:11.48 --
  9) Lamb, Alan 2011 25:14.00 --
5 NC Hendersonville High School 176
  1) Unda, Carlos 2011 18:02.90 23
  2) Donaldson, Val 2012 18:07.21 26
  3) Stephens, Zac 2011 18:22.00 32
  4) Pernie, Aaron 2011 18:30.29 37
  5) Zamudio, 2013 19:01.00 58
  Average Time: 18:24.68 -- Total Time: 1:32:03.4 -- 1-5 Split: 58.10
  6) Colhoun, Charles 2012 19:10.00 61
  7) Onan, Jacob 2012 20:02.27 87
  8) Kallenbach, Dyla 2011 20:46.29 --
  9) Lampley, John 2012 21:26.58 --
  10) Clingman, Alex 2011 22:14.04 --
6 NC Bishop McGuinness 216
  1) Khan, Preston 2011 17:31.47 14
  2) Valcour, Geoffrey 2011 18:47.05 48
  3) Conforti, Anthony 2013 18:47.40 49
  4) Preudhomme, Alex 2013 18:48.90 50
  5) Redden, Greg 2013 18:56.20 55
  Average Time: 18:34.2 -- Total Time: 1:32:51.02 -- 1-5 Split: 1:24.73
  6) Baucino, Dan 2012 19:13.06 64
  7) Stout, Nick 2013 19:22.25 69
  8) Tatum, Trey 2012 19:54.46 --
  9) Saintsing, Andrew 2012 20:05.80 --
  10) Clinch, Nicholas 2012 20:35.00 --
7 NC Princeton High School 311
  1) Toler, Will 2013 17:14.00 9
  2) Dewberry, Chris 2011 19:30.00 72
  3) Hinton, Caleb 2011 19:31.00 73
  4) Anderson, Ethan 2012 19:42.00 78
  5) Langdon, Dalton 2011 19:44.00 79
  Average Time: 19:08.2 -- Total Time: 1:35:41 -- 1-5 Split: 2:30
  6) Lampe, Guy 2011 20:22.00 95
  7) Daniels, Tyler 2012 20:50.00 105
8 NC Raleigh Charter High School 312
  1) Kardon, Evan 2013 18:03.00 24
  2) Dunham, Alex 2011 18:59.00 56
  3) Sipple, Jacob 2013 19:03.00 59
  4) DiLalla, Alex 2013 19:32.00 74
  5) Burns, Brendan 2011 20:28.34 99
  Average Time: 19:13.07 -- Total Time: 1:36:05.34 -- 1-5 Split: 2:25.34
  6) Browne, Jack 2012 21:01.00 106
  7) Jacobs, Khalil 2011 21:07.00 109
  8) Huddleston, Daniel 2013 21:18.53 --
  9) Jackson, Will 2013 22:18.00 --
  10) Fairbanks, Adam 2013 23:06.12 --
9 NC North Duplin 339
  1) Flores, Victor 2012 18:24.00 33
  2) Quirino, Juan 2012 18:44.00 45
  3) Juarez, Diego 2013 19:11.00 62
  4) Poz, Bravlio 2012 20:16.00 91
  5) Palacio, Adrian 2011 21:07.00 108
  Average Time: 19:32.4 -- Total Time: 1:37:42 -- 1-5 Split: 2:43
  6) Ramirez, Fernando 2012 21:35.00 118
  7) Kennedy, Josh 2011 23:17.20 148
10 NC Gray Stone Day School 365
  1) Latimer, Harrison 2011 17:48.90 17
  2) Zacek, Eldon 2011 18:18.40 30
  3) Parsons, Quinton 2013 19:47.50 80
  4) Griffen, Richard 2011 21:14.00 111
  5) Chambers, Miller 2013 21:52.00 127
  Average Time: 19:48.16 -- Total Time: 1:39:00.8 -- 1-5 Split: 4:03.1
  6) Parkhill, James 2012 22:49.00 140
  7) Scarborogh, John 2011 22:57.00 143
  8) Lykins, Ben 2012 24:21.72 --
  9) Tavares, Joey 2012 25:25.00 --
  10) Wallace, William 2012 27:14.00 --
11 NC Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy 386
  1) Munjas, Konner 2012 17:49.90 18
  2) Krier, Billy 2013 17:58.79 22
  3) Lutz, Hunter 2012 20:11.40 90
  4) Caldwell, Zac 2012 21:36.20 120
  5) Carter, Cody 2013 22:24.32 136
  Average Time: 20:00.12 -- Total Time: 1:40:00.61 -- 1-5 Split: 4:34.42
  6) Carpenter, Christian 2013 22:59.30 144
  7) Parke, Josiah 2013 24:18.50 159
  8) Gaboda, John 2012 30:43.11 --
12 NC Rosewood High School 418
  1) Britt, Nick 2012 17:00.00 5
  2) Cuddington, Travis 2012 19:01.00 57
  3) Cherry, Jonathan 2013 19:52.00 81
  4) Richards, Alex 2012 21:21.00 113
  5) Donahue, Patrick 2012 25:27.00 162
  Average Time: 20:32.2 -- Total Time: 1:42:41 -- 1-5 Split: 8:27
13 NC Highland School of Technology 421
  1) Terrio, Thomas 2011 18:12.00 28
  2) Hackney, Clay 2011 19:54.51 83
  3) Rudisill, Dustin 2012 20:18.52 93
  4) Mennear, Sam 2011 20:21.37 94
  5) Girmay, Zachy 2011 21:42.48 123
  Average Time: 20:05.78 -- Total Time: 1:40:28.88 -- 1-5 Split: 3:30.48
  6) Arnott, Matt 2012 22:25.11 137
  7) Blake, Nick 2012 22:37.74 139
  8) Flannigan, Chris 2011 22:42.77 --
  9) Collier, James 2011 23:29.41 --
14 NC Swain County High School 497
  1) Griffin, Jed 2011 18:17.80 29
  2) Riddle, Dylan 2012 19:38.55 77
  3) Ralls, Saylor 2012 21:39.00 122
  4) Bowman, Tyler 2012 22:10.96 134
  5) Ellis, Cody 2012 22:12.89 135
  Average Time: 20:47.84 -- Total Time: 1:43:59.2 -- 1-5 Split: 3:55.09
  6) Lindquist, Hayde 2011 23:45.65 154
15 NC East Wilkes High School 515
  1) Logan, Abram 2013 18:26.37 35
  2) Vernon, Dustyn 2013 20:04.00 88
  3) Brickey, James 2012 20:27.62 98
  4) Hamlim, Jonathan 2012 22:49.84 141
  5) Luffman, Austin 2012 23:44.00 153
  Average Time: 21:06.37 -- Total Time: 1:45:31.83 -- 1-5 Split: 5:17.63
  6) Key, Jordan 2013 23:59.00 156
  7) Barker, Levi 2013 25:37.00 163
  8) Shepherd, Ezekiel 2013 25:38.00 --



Like the girls individual title, this one may be a lock based on last XC season and this past track season. Mt. Airy's Matus Kriska has proven he's not only great for 1A, but Matus is one of the best runners in the state of North Carolina. He has personal best times of 15:44, 4:16, & 9:35. Matus has the potential to run low 15's and give a run at qualifying for Foot Locker Nationals this upcoming season.

Former West Johnston athlete, Robert Baraldi, will be at NCSSM. Look for him to be in the #2 spot as he has solid personal bests on the track and the 2nd fastest returning 5k PR.

Tyler Breedlove is the next top returning athlete ,after Matus, from the state meet last year. Tyler switched over to Franklin HS during track, but the latest word (from him) is that he will be back at Hayesville for this XC season. Matthew Jordan of NCSSM is another one to watch as he had a solid track season and boasts a personal best of 16:44. Robbinsville's Tyler Massey will also be at the front as he placed 5th at last year's state meet.

An athlete to watch for who only has a best of 18:51 is Elkin's Zach Milsaps. Zach ran a 4:43 1600m this outdoor season and should move way up in the XC standings.

There are many other boys in the 1A classification that deserve mentioning, but honestly, it's too many. Here's a beginner's list for starters: Kerry Elwinger, NCSSM; Erik Foran, LNC; Jordan Phillips, LNC; Hunter Latimer, Gray Stone Day; Robert Vinson, Hayesville.
 

1. 15:44.00 Matus Kriska NC Mount Airy High School 2011 11/28/2009 Foot Locker South Regional
*** MILESPLIT US FIRST TEAM ELITE 15:45.00 ***
*** MILESPLIT US SECOND TEAM ELITE 16:30.00 ***
  2. 16:44.00 Matthew Jordan NC North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics 2011 10/31/2009 NCHSAA 1A Mideast Regional
  3. 16:44.00 Kerry Ellwanger NC North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics 2011 10/31/2009 NCHSAA 1A Mideast Regional
  4. 16:59.00 Tyler Breedlove NC Hayesville High School 2011 09/30/2009 Murphy HS Meet
  5. 17:00.00 Nick Britt NC Rosewood High School 2012 10/31/2009 NCHSAA 1A Mideast Regional
  6. 17:04.00 Erik Foran NC Lake Norman Charter School HS 2011 09/22/2009 Weddington XC Invitational
  7. 17:12.00 Eli Turlington NC North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics 2011 10/31/2009 NCHSAA 1A Mideast Regional
  8. 17:13.60 Tyler Massey NC Robbinsville High School 2011 11/07/2009 NCHSAA 1A State Championships
  9. 17:14.00 Will Toler NC Princeton High School 2013 10/31/2009 NCHSAA 1A Mideast Regional
  10. 17:14.50 Alex Thompson NC South Stanly High School 2011 11/07/2009 NCHSAA 1A State Championships
  11. 17:24.50 Jordan Phillips NC Lake Norman Charter School HS 2011 10/03/2009 Hagan Stone Classic
  12. 17:30.20 Bryant Hooker NC Lake Norman Charter School HS 2012 10/03/2009 Hagan Stone Classic
  13. 17:31.00 Alex Li NC North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics 2011 10/31/2009 NCHSAA 1A Mideast Regional
  14. 17:31.47 Preston Khan NC Bishop McGuinness 2011 09/05/2009 8th Annual Jungle Run
  15. 17:40.00 Bryan Johnson NC Goldsboro High School 2012 10/31/2009 NCHSAA 1A Mideast Regional

 

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  • kableguy338 / 4 Years Ago
    While I agree that the NCSSM boys will be strong, the times listed in the database are bogus. They are all from their Regional race last year. The course was short, and their times the following week at Tanglewood proved it. They were predicted to blow everyone out of the water, but they didn't. They didn't even finish top 3. If I were an athlete or coach racing in the 1A division this year, I would base my predictions solely on their state meet times from last year and their track times.
  • jacketfan / 4 Years Ago
    One thing that amazes me is that after all the complaining that has been done about Charter and Magnet schools being in the 1A bracket still nothing has been done. It is so unfare for the kids in schools like Hayesville , Robinsville etc ... to have to compete against schools like Ncssm. Ncssm picked up two more top runners this year . Why does the NCHSSA continue to put these schools in the 1A bracket. Its just unfare. I will also say this, if Hayesville boys stay healthy they will be a team that will contend for the state title. All there top runners have worked hard during off season. They return 4 of their top 6 from last year.
  • bphil / 4 Years Ago
    I'm not sure why there is complaining about Charter Schools. My son goes to a Charter School and in my opinion, they are at a distinct disadvantage. Our kids have to win a lottery to get into the school. Each class has approximately 200 students on a waiting list to get in.
    Over the summer, my son met a young man, who was a rising Sophomore, who just moved here from South Carolina. He is a sub 17 minute 5k guy. They became friends and when he applied for our school, he was 154th on the waiting list. He will now go to a 4a public school in the area. Our Coaches certainly don't have any power or strings they can pull to get an elite athlete in over another student...believe me, I tried! I'm not sure where the advantage is there. In addition, if one of our athletes were to leave our school to go to another, their place is not held for them if they decide to come back. They would have to go through the lottery like everyone else.
    Just curious what the complaints were implying.
  • wisedude / 4 Years Ago
    I realize I am about to open a can of worms, but I understand jacketfan
  • jacketfan / 4 Years Ago
    I will tell you a couple of reasons why there is alot of complaining. Athlets in public schools are strickly prohibited from participating in sports at schools outside there district. They can attend a diffrent school but not partiicipate in athletics. If they are caught they will be disquailified from anything they have done during there season. But most of all how can anyone think it is fair for a school who only has aprox. 400 students to be able to compete against a school which has aprox. 650 students and has only a juinor and senior class. As I stated in my past post , I think that our school (Hayesville) will compete for the state 1A title . We also have one of the top runners . So please don't affeliat my complaing with our school. I just think it is wrong for some schools to be able to have an advantage over others .
  • CoachHovis / 4 Years Ago
    I have read all of your posts and decided to chime in here. First off, I coach at a private school . . . yes, we can have any kid that wants to come to Providence Day, BUT (and I wish I could make that bigger) they have to get in first.

    What does that mean?
    * good test scores

    * pay for the school

    * get through a waiting list (typically)


    It isn't so easy to get in to a charter or independent school. It's not like any good athlete can just come to our Admissions office and say, "I want to come here and compete for your school."

    I agree with some of the previous statements in that the big picture "pool" is larger. But then, subtract for all those athletes that don't score high enough to even get on the waiting list.

    Now, subtract again for families that can't afford the school (even with possible aid).

    10 counties? You can only be talking about NCSSM and I'm pretty sure the standards to get into the school are pretty tough.

    So . . . I did some research and looked at the 1A state championships during the 2009-2010 year. It seems the XC parents/athletes/coaches are the ones that complain the most about how "unfair" it is that these schools are competing against them.

    Here's a look at the state titles from 2009-2010. In ( ) are the number won by public schools vs. your so called "recruiting schools":

    Baseball - West Wilkes (1)
    Basketball (boys) - Monroe (2)
    Basketball (girls) - Bishop McGuinness (1)
    Football - Wallace Rose-Hill (3)
    Soccer (boys) - Hendersonville (4)
    Soccer (girls) - Southwest Onslow (5)
    Softball - North Davidson (6)
    Swimming (boys) - West Davidson (7)
    Swimming (girls) - Carrboro (8)
    Tennis (boys) - Mount Airy (9)
    Tennis (girls) - NCSSM (2)
    Track (boys) - NCSSM (3)
    Track (girls) - North Rowan (10)
    Volleyball - Pender (11)
    Wrestling - West Wilkes (12)
    XC (boys) - Gray Stone Day (4)
    XC (girls) - Robbinsville (13)

    That would be 13 to 4 for those interested. So why so much complaining about XC only? Do the other sports complain? I honestly don't know.

    In my opinion . . . just let it raise your game instead of whining. They have the same numbers and they follow the same guidelines, but yes they have a larger "big picture pool".

    We used to compete against Cardinal Gibbons when they had over 1,000 in their upper school. The other 3A NCISAA schools had 350-500 . . . did that seem fair? Not at all. But you know what it did, it made myself as a coach and my athletes work that much harder b/c we wanted to win.

    It can't be a perfect world, but complaining sometimes is just not worth it.

    -Coach Hovis
  • HWPixHend / 4 Years Ago
    Coach Hovis, thanks for the defense of some the non typical 1A schools. Specifically, for NCSSM, it is VERY tough to get in academically. This year there were 1400 applicants from around the state for a little over 300 spots. I'm talking minimum 1350-1400+ M/V SATs to get in. If you happen to be good at a sport too, that is secondary and a bonus.

    Back to the track side, yes, the Regional times from NCSSM were on a short course, but even if you take those times out and you take each of the returning runners second best times, NCSSM would still be #1 or #2 and that is only counting the returning seniors. In addition to the runner from West Johnson, which I had not heard about but sounds fantastic, NCSSM will be picking up at least one other rising junior will a pretty good PR, Justin Hendrick of Forestview (17:27).
  • wisedude / 4 Years Ago
    I draw a distinction between whining and pointing out what is unfair and obvious. Whining to me means you wallow in the situation without attempting to rise above it. I have been helping coach runners for many years and I have always taught runners that life isn't always fair. I have taught them as well when life isn't fair you don't wallow in the unfairness but you raise the bar for yourself and you become better at what you are doing whether it is sports, academics, etc. One can raise the bar for themselves and their runners, yet that doesn't negate the fact that the deck is stacked against those 1A schools that don't have an extended "pool" from which to draw runners. Call it what you will that makes the playing field unlevel. But it is what it is and I will continue to tell the runners I work with they must work harder to achieve their goals. Yet, it would sure be nice, as the previous post noted, to be able to "pick-up" some sub-17:30 runners. Yes, that would be "fantastic." Those "pick-ups" and those "fantastic" findings rarely and I mean rarely happen at 1A public schools, but happen frequently at the 1A independent schools. And one sub 17:30 runner can make a big difference between a mediocre cross country team and a very good if not state caliber 1A team. Heck, if I was on the receiving end of such caliber runners I wouldn't think it unfair either! But, again, it is what it is so we will just keep working hard to be the best we can be.
  • HWPixHend / 4 Years Ago
    The point I was trying to make is that these runners were "picked up
  • wisedude / 4 Years Ago
    I realize those who agree and disagree on this issue will never see eye to eye. And that this OK, we will still compete against each other giving our best whoever we might run against. Just a few comments and I am done with the matter. Your logic is somewhat skewed. First, if a 1A public school happens to get a child prodigy from the middle school at least that runner was within the district and would have went to that high school anyway, they didn
  • HWPixHend / 4 Years Ago
    You are right about one thing at least, we will not agree on this. There is absolutely nothing "skewed" about my logic. Either they have been recruited to run or they have not. In this case, as you seem to freely admit (as it would be silly to say otherwise), they have not. The "pool" for NCSSM each year is not 1400; it is 300 or so, as 1100 of those 1400 do not qualify, by definition, academically. In the case of the 300 that do qualify, running ability is not taken into consideration at all. It is plain LUCK of the draw what kind of runners they get each year. With running having no weight whatsoever in the admissions process, geographics have nothing to do with what kind of runners they get. The overall pool is still about 625 just like it is for an above average sized 1A school (according to NCHSAA, NCSMM is the 19th largest 1A school out of 96). Again, if anything, the academic rigor would more likely discourage a top-level runner from even applying.

    Sorry, it is your logic that is skewed. I believe the 1A classification also goes up to almost 750 students. Please also do not repeat the false issue of NCSSM having an advantage due to being only juniors and seniors unless you are willing to not allow freshmen and sophomores the ability to compete from the rest of the schools. Again,
  • kableguy338 / 4 Years Ago
    Back to the XC side, it'll come down to whoever worked the hardest over the summer. It always does.
  • markanthony / 4 Years Ago
    As the person who started the program at the School of Science and Math, I feel that the school is very misunderstood in context of athletic performance.
    When we started the program in the early 80's, very few of our students ever participated in sports. Once we offered athletics the interest and numbers increased. With these increases, we found that teamwork and mutual support were the keys to our success. In one year we went from eight to sixty runners on the cross country team. Virtually all of these students were still new to the sport. Maria Trent, for example, had never participate in any sports what so ever, yet for two years only lost one race at 800m. The trend continued, one year the boys finished third in the state in xc, the next year the girls did.
    These students come from the entire state. Most have never participated. They are challenged to discover who they are and what they can become academically and athletically. They embrace these challenges and thrive. These same success stories exist at every school. You must beat the bushes to find hidden or new talent. No one ever complains when NCSSM is blown out in a competition. The success of its programs were built the right way. I remember hearing and sdmissions rep telling a kid, "we don't recruit, we develop our own winners!" Yes students want to go to NCSSM, but they must earn it! Ask any coach and they will tell you, the kids that leave their home schools, in many cases, were not challenged academically. This is a great opportunity for the child, family, home school, community and state. If they win, bless them. If they don't, thank God for the class and sportmanship they display. What they will eventually contribute to society and the world is more amazing than a state title. Don't just look at cross country, look at track also. their succes represents fine coaching and hard work, but the times are not earth shattering. They outwork others both in the classroom and at practice. There are probably 10 ohter kids in each school that can run just as fast, if the coaches were motivated to recruit and work.
  • Knightrunnerz / 4 Years Ago
    Look for the Robbinsville Black Knights to once again contend for the state title. They return 6 of their top 7 runners who finished 3rd at the State Championship last year. They feel they should have done even better. Lessons learned! This team is on a MISSION! Go Knights !!!!
  • jacketfan / 4 Years Ago
    Good luck Robbinsville , I Always enjoy watching you all comepete against us. I hope both our teams have a good year. Our top runner should be in the 16s at Hendersonville next week. It looks as if ncssm is loaded again , so both our teams are going to have to work extreamly hard to compete with them at state. See you all in Hendersonville next Sat.
  • pgarrett / 4 Years Ago
    Just to add a fact to the conversation and I realize no one has questioned this, but, the West Johnston runner was definitely admitted based on his academics. We hated to lose him as we would have competed strongly in the 4A ranks with him, but we were also happy for him and proud that he was able to get in to the school.

    There may be a slight advantage to that school having 650+- kids that are all upper classmen, but that may be offset by the percentage of them kids that would be interested in sports verses just academics or other extra curricular activities. I would think the percentage would be smaller in some sports, probably not XC though.
  • blueskydwg / 4 Years Ago
    Having no "dog in this fight" allow me to make a few observations.
    1. I'm not surprised that the magnet/charter schools seem to excell at track and cross country; it seems that many athelets gifted in this manner are also gifted accademically (look at Presson and Harwell from last years Asheville class for example). In general, I believe this has more to do with dedication and committment more so than raw talent. So a school full of accademically gifted students is likly to have more than it's share of hard working dedicated young men and women who, when presented with the opportunity to perform, do so at the top of their potential.

    2. Regular public schools are not immune to "selective" processing. It is not unheard of for a student to move between schools from one year to the next - I'm sure it is all within the established rules - but it still happens.
  • apeoples / 4 Years Ago
    It is my contention that most XC runners are strong academically, and this translates to a strong work ethic. I have also noticed in my 22 years of coaching XC runners ( distance runners)that they have a higher graduation rate than almost any other sport, they have a higher GPA than almost any other sport, they have higher SAT's than almost any other sport, they have fewer discipline problems than almost any other sport, they have fewer discipline problems than almost any other sport, and they have a higher percentage of students who are elected by their peers to class officers and club presidents. This being said, I think that this translates well to the work ethic that is required of the sport of distance running. The true distance athlete puts in an inordinate amount of hours that are never seen by nor appreciated by anyone else. In my humble opinion, these and the fact that some runners are gifted are what makes or breaks a XC team. At Polk County we now have 60 varsity runners of a student body of 750. Why so many? Simple! I ask everyone to come out for my team and friends begat friends, and I get some good runners, sometimes a great runner, a few who want to get in shape for another sport, and a large number of great kids. Do I sometimes feel that the cards are stacked against me? Yes! The year before last I was one of the top 10 largest 1-A schools in the state and now I am one of the smallest 2-A schools in the state. I can complain or I can work with the hand dealt me. Sometimes I complain, but most of the time I and my assistants work our magic and kids do well.
    J Alan Peoples
    Head Coach T & F and XC
    Polk County High
    President:NCTCCCA
  • Hatman15 / 4 Years Ago
    Awesome Coach. I am the proud father of a LD runner in a 2A school. I know the amount of work he puts in. To see him drag in after a tough workout and go right to his studies makes me proud. Add to this that his classes are all Honor or AP classes, he is 13th in his class academically and plays in the marching band.Did I mention he is about to test for his Eagle Scout Award. I totally agree with you that runners have a better work ethic and display a strong sense of responsibility. You nailed that one on the head. But we must give credit to him having a coach who has mentored him for 4 years and made him the athlete he has become.