Meet Recap: NCRunners Elite - A Little Rain never Hurt Anyone

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Boys Championship

In a highly anticipated matchup between David Melville (Northern Guilford) and Ian Shanklin (Page) in the rain and mud it was Melville who took the lead early on.  Shanklin, Micah Pratt (Patriot Pacers) and Nathan Gamble (Leesville Road) sat just behind him.  Melville felt the pace wasn't going quick enough early on so began to push the pace and pull away from the lead group.  

As they approached the 2 Mile mark Melville had a commanding lead over the talented field and looked to win with ease.  Pratt had moved into 2nd ahead of Shanklin and Gamble who sat side by side running through the flooded grass by the baseball field.  In what looked to be a dominating race by Melville started to be a question over the last mile and Pratt was making up a lot of ground.  But Melville's early lead proved to be too much for Pratt to make up as Melville ran 16:20 with Pratt just behind in 16:24.  Gamble pulled away from Shanklin to take 3rd in 16:41.  Shanklin held off a late charging Luke Bennett (Voyager Academy) to hold on to 4th in 16:48 with Bennett at 16:49.  



Green Hope boys dominated the team battle and didn't seem to be going all out.  Their top 5 looked to pack it up through the first two miles and put together a hard last mile to move up a lost of spots.  They scored 56 points going 5-7-13-14-17 with their top 5 boys.  Leesville Road boys fared well in the bad weather to take 2nd place with 115 points over Page and Patriot Pacers (VA).