NCRunners XC Countdown Boys #6: Pinecrest's Zack Gilbertson

The No. 6 runner on our cross country pre-season countdown is Pinecrest's Zack Gilbertson

Gilbertson, a rising junior, is the defending NCHSAA 4A Mideast cross country champion, where he ran his personal best of 15:40. Gilbertson is already a very well decorated athlete. The junior is already a two-time cross country all-state runner, and was a Middle School All-American. He placed 7th in both the 2019 and 2020 NCHSAA 4A cross country state meets. 

As an 8th grader he was runner-up at New Balance Outdoor Nationals in the middle school 2 mile, and 3rd in the middle school mile. 

He is NC Freshman No. 6 all-time in the 5000m, clocking 15:50.

He did not run a lot in track season, and did not set any new personal bests, but when it comes to the XC course it is hard to bet against Gilbertson.