Allison Hall Wins NCISAA XC Title 30 Years After Father

30 years ago on October 29th, 1988 the NCISAA ran as one classification and the event was swept by Durham Academy boys and girls at Christ School. 

Conrad Hall of Durham Academy won the event in 17:15 leading his teammates to a perfect score of 15.  On the girls side Durham Academy scored 11 points (only scoring three runners) as they placed 5 girls in the top 9.  Durham Academy's fourth girl was Virginia Reeves taking 7th overall in 23:02.

Partial 1988 Results

1Conrad HallDurham Academy17:15.00
2Alan RankinDurham Academy17:45.00
3Whitby JoynerDurham Academy17:57.00
4Marshall MooreDurham Academy17:58.00
5Cory JohnstonDurham Academy18:02.00
1Jennifer ReederCharlotte Christian20:18.00
2Katherine ScottDurham Academy21:07.00
3Sarah GriffisDurham Academy22:01.00
4Cynthia TettleForsyth Country Day School22:30.00
5Susan MoodyForsyth Country Day School22:46.00
6Kathy SullivanDurham Academy23:02.00
7Virginia ReevesDurham Academy23:02.00

10 years later Conrad Hall and Virginia Reeves were married Durham Academy XC alumni.  Currently Conrad teaches and coaches Track and Cross Country at Cary Academy while Virginia teaches at Durham Academy and coaches the middle school program.

Why is any of this significant to the 2018 event?

Today the Western NC magic that helped Conrad and Virginia prevail back in 1988 helped their 7th grade daughter Allison Hall win the NCISAA 4A Individual title!  Allison entered today with a seasons best of 19:12 and was one of the top ranked 4A girls heading into the race.  Last week she placed 3rd at the TISAC Championships where her 19:12 PR came from.

If you haven't seen todays Jackson Park course was a mess due to constant rain prior to and throughout the duration of the meet.  The footing was really difficult as the mud and standing water only seemed to get worse as the day went on.

Hall battled with teammates Stella Stringer, Anna Catherine Wilson and NRCA's Brooke Robinson early in the race.  Stringer and Robinson had both beaten her at the TISAC meet a week ago.  

The trekked through the second loop of Jackson Park and it became a two girl race between Hall and Stringer.  Hall was able to pull ahead of Stringer and clock a 20:14 on a course that ran approximately 1:30 seconds slower than athletes PRs.  She was also able to lead Durham Academy to a 1-2-3 finish and the schools first girls cross country title since the NCISAA won the inaugural 3A title in 1996!

Second place was her father Coach Conrad and his Cary Academy girls with a score of 36 to 61.

Complete 4A Girls Results

1Allison Hall7Durham Academy20:14.701
2Stella Stringer9Durham Academy20:30.302
3Anna Catherine Wilson10Durham Academy20:52.403
4Brooke Robinson11North Raleigh Christian Academy21:00.504
5Ashley Horwitz9Providence Day School21:06.905
6Keely Murphy11Cary Academy21:14.606
7Sophie Spada11Charlotte Country Day School21:20.607
8Claire Middleton11Durham Academy21:40.708
9Mary Schleusner9Charlotte Latin21:44.609
10Lia Lathan11Cary Academy21:51.7010
1Durham Academy361+2+3+8+22 (26+36)2:43 1-5 Split | 21:15 Avg
2Cary Academy616+10+12+15+18 (20+24)1:17 1-5 Split | 22:00 Avg
3Charlotte Latin699+11+14+16+19 (30+46)0:54 1-5 Split | 22:12 Avg

It's certainly a shock for a 7th grade girl to win a high school level cross country title, especially at the larger school level.  No girl in the NCISAA history has won the cross country title more than 3 times Four girls in Sarah Bodmer ('14,'15','16) Eliza Dekker ('11,'12,'13) Adrianne Soo ('06,'07,;08) and Piper Lesesne ('84,85,86) each have won three times in the association's history.

With 5 more years to go Hall will have a shot at this record, though her teammates in freshman Stella Stringer and sophomore Anna Catherine Wilson will certainly be giving her a run for her money.

Congrats to the Hall family on a truly historic day!