After being dealt a defeat last year at Wendy's Invitational to eventual Footlocker South champion Ryan Hill from Hickory NC, Abingdon senior Griff Graves returned the favor on Hill this past Saturday at McAlpine Greenway Park in Charlotte with a 15:09 victory at the Wendy's Invite. Graves finished 11 seconds ahead of Hill in the 3A race with the fastest time of the meet and also came away with the fastest 5K time this fall by a Virginian. Meanwhile, Peter Dorrell competed later in the day as the temperatures continued to rise into the afternoon for the junior and senior boys individual race as the Blacksburg senior won easily with no other runners breaking 17 minutes in the race. A winner at Maymont over Graves last weekend, Dorrell was far off the top time posted by Graves earlier with a 15:48 win.
Senior Maverick finishes two seconds ahead of Mann's Borowicz for win, Lovelace runs fastest time of day at Disney Classic in Orlando, Frank Shorter speaking Friday at Furman University as part of Blue Shoes 5k and Furman Invitational weekend
The stakes were high Saturday in Charlotte, North Carolina, as many of the best runners and teams in the region matched-up at the Wendy's Invitational. For quite a while now, Wendy's marks the near completion of the regular season, as the post-season/state series meets start. The match-up of the day pit Griff Graves v. Ryan Hill, in a great dual between two Foot Locker finalists. Read what took place.
Blacksburg's Peter Dorrell and Abingdon's Griff Graves will both give themselves a mid-season test on the course which all their focus this fall is geared to at McAlpine Greenway Park in Charlotte, North Carolina. The home course for the Footlocker South Regional is also host to the Wendy's Invitational this Saturday with teams and athletes coming into Charlotte from several states including Virginia. Dorrell and Graves will not get a chance to race head-to-head this weekend though as Dorrell will be racing as an indiividual in the open race at 9:30 am, while Grave will be going up against defending Footlocker South champion Ryan Hill in the 3A race at 11:30 am in revisit of a 2006 duel at the Wendy's Invite.
Several in-state teams travel to McAlpine Park in Charlotte Saturday for Wendy's Invitational, previewing the Foot Locker South Region course. Also taking place this Saturday is the Electric City Classic, hosted by Daniel High School and Lauren's Hope 5k in Fountain Inn.
There are 3 separate divisions this weekend at the Wendy's Invitational. There is the Open, the Invitational, and the 3A. Each of the 6 races, boys and girls for each, has excellent runners, some with the potential to qualify for Foot Locker Nationals.
Check out the race assignments for all the Wendy's Invitational races. Start making your predictions now.
Weather should be in the 70's for most of the races so you can bet on fast times. The course may even be a bit damp . . . with this drought, however, don't bet on it.