Girls Pre-Season Cross Country Rankings: #21

Natalie Andrejchak, one of the top runners in the state, will try to power Jay M. Robinson to the 4A state meet.


NCRunners is counting down the top 25 girls cross country teams in the state, from all classifications, in preparation for the start of the fall season.  The top 2 girls teams will be revealed on August 1st, which is the official first day of practice.  For a more detailed explanation of how these rankings were developed, see this article.


#21: Jay M. Robinson

This has been a program on a steady rise over the last three years: 11th in the 3A state meet in 2010, 9th in 2011, and 5th last fall. The move to 4A will greatly increase the challenge on both the team and front-runner Natalie Andrejchak, who would have been in the conversation for 3A individual title contenders.  Depth could be a bit of a problem if the top 5 girls don't stay healthy, though, and any of the top 3 would be especially tough to replace.  Robinson's girls need a strong summer to prove that they haven't reached their ceiling already.

  Robinson, Jay M  
  1) Natalie Andrejchak   18:26.79 13
  2) Brooke Johns   20:10.29 151
  3) Ashleigh Andrejchak   20:14.00 161
  4) Lauren Hughes   20:50.48 270
  5) Addy Keck   21:18.50 358
  Average Time: 20:12.01 -- Total Time: 1:41:00.06 -- 1-5 Split: 2:51.71
  6) Kirsten Blackburn   21:33.72 433
  7) Megan Miller   22:49.03 759


#22: Charlotte Latin

One of the stronger programs in the state over the past six or seven years, this team has been hit hard by graduation.  There is still talent, though, and good depth (especially considering the size of the school).  The one weakness in the returning team appears to be the large gap between their fourth and fifth runners; if one of the Hawks' depth runners can step up to fill that spot, they will be contenders in the NCISAA 3A division.  That improvement will have to come over the summer: although Latin's top three showed good development during track season, there wasn't much from the rest of the returning top 7.

Charlotte Latin  
  1) Kiera Dowell   19:41.00 80
  2) Katie Mcdowell   19:55.00 108
  3) Tricia Murphy   20:18.00 172
  4) Avery Reischer   20:25.04 193
  5) Emma Cooley   21:31.00 419
  Average Time: 20:22.01 -- Total Time: 1:41:50.04 -- 1-5 Split: 1:50.00
  6) Jayne Anne Imbrog   21:37.00 450
  7) Addy Collett   21:47.00 488


#23: Weddington

Lately, Weddington has been able to manufacture solid teams on both the boys and girls side, even when it seems like graduation will drop them down a peg or two.  That seems to be the product of a strong summer program, as their development during the winter and spring doesn't really jump out at you.  Morgan Garrett could be the latest in a string of good #1 runners for the Warriors if she has bounced back from a bit of a rough spring season.  This team has real depth, too, in that there is always someone else right behind each runner, which helps to take the pressure off and allows for more consistent team performances, even as individuals have good or bad days.  If these girls buy in over the summer, expect Weddington to continue their string of state meet appearances.

Weddington High School  
  1) Morgan Garrett   18:58.69 37
  2) Natalie Warner   20:18.00 173
  3) Allison Long   20:44.00 249
  4) Brianna Kapheim   20:53.00 280
  5) Sophie Van Dyne   20:57.00 298
  Average Time: 20:22.14 -- Total Time: 1:41:50.69 -- 1-5 Split: 1:58.31
  6) Amanda Brook   21:15.00 342
  7) Sophie Van Dyne   21:25.67 396


#24: Apex

Though the Apex girls lack the recent history of their counterparts on the boys' team, they have always been solid, and this year's squad has shown signs of significant improvement through the winter and spring seasons.  They have a tremendous training group among their front five, who are were separated by only 46 seconds (a pack that close is rare among teams outside the top 10).  If those girls bought in and are pushing each other all summer, shifting that pack forward by about 30 seconds, the Apex girls have great potential.  With two seniors among the returning top 6, this team has a good chance to make the state meet this year, but might not peak until 2014.

  1) Cara Gaudioso   20:10.40 153
  2) Amber Blanton   20:13.00 158
  3) Elie Rivera   20:35.81 225
  4) Elora Galluzzo   20:56.00 293
  5) Samantha Malone   20:57.00 296
  Average Time: 20:34.44 -- Total Time: 1:42:52.21 -- 1-5 Split: 46.60
  6) Natalia Ghan   21:16.50 352
  7) Hannah Ferguson   21:20.00 363


#25: Watauga

The Pioneers have one of the longest and deepest traditions in our sport, but they face several obstacles this fall.  The graduation of their top three runners (and four of their top 7) from last fall will hurt, as will the loss of Coach David Honea (although he was only a part of the very strong staff at Watauga).  The culture of hard work will remain long after them, though, and that is what always gives this team the hope of making the state meet.  Depth appears to be a bit of a problem, although a good summer can help counteract that.  The rising junior class appears to be strong, and that means it may not be long before we see the two-tone blue and white in the top 10 again.

  1) Kathleen Mansure   19:25.00 61
  2) Lynde Wangler   19:50.00 95
  3) Celia Jackson   20:25.00 192
  4) Shelby Hickernell   20:48.00 265
  5) Lily Weeks   21:06.00 315
  Average Time: 20:18.80 -- Total Time: 1:41:34.00 -- 1-5 Split: 1:41.00
  6) Taylor Woolridge   21:34.90 441
  7) Sidney Wiswell   22:43.00 729