Coming in at #2 on our Pre-Season NCISAA Countdown are the Chargers of Cary Academy.
Led by senior and All-State runner Kenny Eheman this Cary Academy squad wants to stop Providence Day from repeating as State Champions over NCISAA 4A. Eheman was 6th in last year's State Meet where Cary Academy finished 4th. While they return five of their seven from that race, they lose their 4-5 punch. They do return their whole top three, which features Matthew Crow and Sebastian Polge behind Eheman. Eheman has a 15:32 personal best which puts him #13 in the last decade over NCISAA. Senior Matthew Crow has developed into a solid runner for Cary Academy he and Polge will have to step up and race well come State Meet time. Xavier deSouza has the 2nd fastest returning 5000m personal best on this team and will be crucial to this team's success. deSouza finished 40th at the State Meet last season and was Cary Academy's 7th runner. This team is deep. Kyle Murphy was 39th at the State Meet and returns this season with the 3rd fastest personal best on this squad. Their returning #6 Chris Butulis is not far off their top five and could sneak into the scoring group for Cary Academy this season. The biggest thing that scares me about this Cary Academy team is the gap from 1-2. There is a chance another school could place three runners in front of Cary Academy's #2, which could neutralize their super deep core. However, if their 2-6 really step it up this season and close that gap to Eheman this will be a very hard Cary Academy team to beat.
|2||Cary Academy (NC)||122|
|1) Kenny Eheman||15:32.70||2|
|2) Xavier deSouza||17:09.00||21|
|3) Kyle Murphy||17:11.49||23|
|4) Matthew Crow||17:19.30||31|
|5) Sebastian Polge||17:38.80||45|
|Average Time: 16:58.26 Total Time: 1:24:51.29 1-5 Split: 2:06.10|
|6) Chris Butulis||18:09.50||58|
|7) Marvin Koonce||18:21.92||70|