Providence is favored in both races, but there could be some intrigue on the girls' side of the meet.
Based on season bests, Providence would be a strong favorite in this meet; however, they will be holding one of their top girls out as a precaution (making sure she is healthy for the regional meet). As a result, this race will be much closer than it would be otherwise. Ardrey Kell, led by individual favorite Sydney Foreman, will have a very good chance to bring home the team title. It will be interesting to see how Myers Park competes; having the meet on their home course is a big advantage given that they layout is hilly and twisty, and the home team should have the surest footing. Under the circumstances, it looks like any of those three teams could win. Individually, there should be some very competitive racing among the top five behind Foreman, as Bianca Bishop and Kayla Glova (Providence) battle with Sydney Teague (Ardrey Kell). Anna McElrath (Independence) had a very good race at Beeson, suggesting she runs well on grass and hills, and that could help her bridge the gap to the top 5.
(Using season best times)
(Using average times)
Barring something unusual happening, this race should be fairly predictable, with the top two teams pretty well slotted into their places. Wyatt Maxey, the heavy favorite for the individual title, should lead his Providence team to the title, while Ardrey Kell is expected to finish second. If there is going to be anything exciting in terms of team scores in this race, it will be in the three-way battle for third between Myers Park, East Mecklenburg, and South Mecklenburg. Myers Park probably has the edge there, due to being on their home course (and also the benefit of training and racing on the hills there). Behind Maxey, it looks like Fisher Ramsey (East Mecklenburg) is a virtual lock for second place, and then the race should heat up among the battle for third. Ian Barclay (Ardrey Kell) and Joe Sullivan (Providence) have very similar PR's, and they should be followed by several of their respective teammates. Joe Harbacevich leads Myers Park, and he will be in the thick of a very competitive race for the top 10 (11 runners have season bests within 20 seconds of each other).
(Season best times)