Emme Fisher (back) will have a tough 3A East opponent in Arden Vessie, but she can also carry her West Carteret team to the top 5 in 3A.
|West Carteret (NC)|
|1) Emme Fisher||18:46.66||33|
|2) Isabelle Baggett||20:19.84||175|
|3) Emma Gomez||20:20.00||176|
|4) Joanna Lopez||20:25.08||205|
|5) Samantha Schleiker||20:27.00||211|
|6) Kristen Wagner||21:07.00||331|
|7) Mackenzie Whitaker||22:04.00||523|
The Blake Dodge era is over, but the cupboard is far from bare in Morehead City. Emme Fisher is a star in the making, having run solid 1600 & 3200 times in the spring to follow up her sub-19 cross country debut. Depth is the big concern - the Patriots only had 4 returning girls record 1600 times this spring, and the returning cross country squad has gaps after the 5th and 6th runners that need to be closed. Another cause for concern: the Improvement Rating metric doesn't rank them highly, although it can be susceptible to being skewed by injuries to a major runner (such as Blake's difficult 2012 fall season). If the traditions and work habits established the last 4 years carry over, though, this team will win the 3A East regional and contend for the top 5 in the 3A State Meet.
2013 XC Returning Team Ranking: 18th
2014 Outdoor Returning 1600 Ranking: 15th (ranking 4 runners instead of 5)
2014 Outdoor Returning 3200 Ranking: NR
5-Year Improvement Rating: 6.258 (23rd)
3-Year Improvement Rating: 6.256 (23rd)