NCHSAA 3A Girls State Championship Preview


The distance events are deep and very competitive across the board as it was during the 3A cross country state championships.  The 1600m for example has at least 8 girls that could come out on top.

Gabriella Castro (Cuthbertson) and Jenna Reiter (West Carteret) come in as the top seeds in the 1600m with 5:09 PRs this season.  Madeline Hill (Cuthbertson) and Abby Weber (Chapel Hill) hold seasons best of 5:12 with Sydney Runkle (Chapel Hill) and Kathleen Abrams (Weddington) at 5:14. The top 12 girls in the field come in under 5:20 and it's hard to tell how this one will go.  I'd predict a good majority of the field is doubling back from the 4x800m about an hour before.  

Megan Marvin (Chapel Hill) demolished the field last year in the 1000m taking the pace out extremely fast and breaking the field early on.  She suffered over the last few laps in the race, but the field let her get too far in front.  Marvin comes in as the top seed a 2:57.54.  She'll certainly be hard to beat and will challenge Blake Dodge's state record of 2:58.25.  Elizabeth Starkie (Weddington) and Jenna Reiter (West Carteret) have run 3:02 indoors, but will need to be prepared for a fast first 600m of the race if they are to challenge Marvin.

Jonna Strange (North Iredell) is the top seed in the 3200m at 10:35 and set the 3A State Meet Record last year at 10:53.15.  Strange hasn't raced since her 3200m at the Dash for Doobie, so we'll see what kind of shape she's in early in the race.  Castro will be tripling back after the 1600m and 1000m, but comes in with a 10:59 season best.  Anna Ritter (Weddington), Madeline Hill (Cuthbertson) and Frances Whitworth (Mount Tabor) have each run under 11:10 indoors and will look to contend for the win.  If Strange is in shape she'll be tough to beat in a fresh 3200m as she looks for her second straight title.