Seven Takeaways from the Western NC Carnival

Providence Day's boys are the team to beat in the NCISAA

Just before the 1 mile mark of the Championship Boys race, I was actually a little worried about the Chargers. It turns out they were just taking a conservative approach at the beginning of the race, and they rose over the final loop to take the win. That means they met expectations - and since my expectations were high for this team, that's no small accomplishment! Their front four ran well, all under 17 on a challenging (and slippery) course, but Providence Day does need to shore up their depth just a bit. If that's your biggest challenge as a strong team coming out of your first big meet, then you're in good shape. This is a top 10 team in NC, maybe top 5, by season's end - and with 4 sophomores and 4 juniors in their top 8, the ceiling is VERY high for the 2019 season. With Christian Landis leading the way up front for the next two years, this is a squad that could have national aspirations down the line.

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