North Carolina's independent schools converge on WakeMed for one of the most comptitive events of the year.
Great Outdoor Provision Co. presents the Featured Meet of Week 11:
NCISAA State Championships
(Friday, WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary)
(Schedule, Teams Entered, Meet History)
The NCISAA represents independent or private schools across the state of North Carolina, and even includes a few from South Carolina and one from Georgia. Since its inception in 1973 as a governing body, the NCISAA has grown to providing over 40 championship tournaments in three classifications, and its member schools have developed strong programs in a wide range of sports. You could argue that cross country is the strongest sport in the NCISAA, in comparison to the public schools, as independent schools have produced some of the best teams and individuals in the state over the last several years. That will be the case once again this year, as this meet will feature 5 teams and 5 individuals that are ranked among the top 20 in the state for all classifications. All of this despite the fact that the largest NCISAA schools would barely qualify for 2A status in the public-school setup! The NCISAA state meet is always an exciting affair with great performances and a ton of spirit among the teams and coaches, and I recommend you drop by and watch if you're free on Friday.
Recent Meet Records
(Tracing back to 2004)
Rather than write more about WakeMed (this is now the third Featured Meet there), why don't I offer you a chance to take a Video Course Walk?
From Durham, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and northwest NC: via Google Maps
From Charlotte and central SC: via Google Maps
From Fayetteville and eastern SC: via Google Maps
From Rocky Mount and northeastern NC: via Google Maps
From Wilmington and the Myrtle Beach area: via Google Maps
Things to Do Outdoors in the Raleigh Area
Raleigh is referred to by some as the "City Within a Park" because of the wide range of outdoor activities and natural settings that surround the metro area. Here are a few suggestions: