NCRunners XC Countdown Girls Team #3: Marvin Ridge

The No. 3 team on our cross country pre-season countdown are the Mavericks of Marvin Ridge!

This Mavericks squad was 3rd at the NCHSAA 3A Midwest Regional, and 3rd at the NCHSAA 3A State Championship, finishing behind Weddington and Cuthbertson both races.

This Marvin Ridge squad has one thing those two teams do not: they return their entire top seven!

Their pack was a huge strength at the 2020 NCHSAA 3A state meet. Their top four finished 20-21-22-26. These seven girls often switch up the order they finish, with no one runner solidifying themselves as the top dog. With egos aside, this Maverick team can be deadly at the state meet with their pack.

Caroline Blanton was 6th at their regional last season, finishing as their No. 1 runner. At the state meet freshman Alyson Rankin was 20th and finished as their No. 1. Ella Pasko joins Blanton with the only two with personal bests under 19:00. 

Madalyn Finn finished 22nd at the state meet for Marvin Ridge, Kayla Basinger was 26th, Pasko was 35th, Riley Basinger was 42nd, and Dani Colling 58th.

With a squad full of experience, Marvin Ridge has put themselves in position to be one of, if not the, best team in the state!

Marvin Ridge (NC)198
1) Caroline Blanton18:53.2424
2) Ella Pasko18:57.9032
3) Alyson Rankin19:10.3038
4) Kayla Basinger19:20.2647
5) Dani Colling19:25.5057
Average Time: 19:09.44 Total Time: 1:35:47.20 1-5 Split: 32.26
6) Madalyn Finn19:25.7058
7) Riley Basinger19:44.9087