6 Freshman Making Noise In Week 1 Of The Cross Country Season

Murphy Smith (Ardrey Kell)

Smith had an awesome middle school career running with Fit 180 after running 10:03 for 3K.  I knew Smith would be strong at the high school level, but his 16th place finish and 16:33 5K debut was extremely impressive.  Smith finished as the Knights top man leading them to a 7th place finish.  Though it's still earlier Smith is the only freshman boy under 17 minutes, and I don't think it's a stretch to think that he could be under 16 at the end of the year.  Smith is a name to watch as the season goes on and could be North Carolina's next distance star.