The 'Speed Week Invitational' featured the state's top teams in Cuthbertson, Weddington, Mount Tabor, and West Forsyth who tackled the two-loop course at McAlpine on Thursday night. They ran a single race with boys and girls combined and rain started to fall just ahead of the gun going off. The rain would subside during the race.
Alyssa Preisano of Cuthbertson led the charge throughout the race on the girl's side going through the mile in 5:42. Mount Tabor's Joiner Evans sat just behind followed by Lillian Nasta (Cuthbertson) and a group of Weddington runners.
Preisano lead the charge throughout the race mixed in with the boys, but Evans remained within striking distance as Nasta, Emma Jones (Weddington) and Stella Kermes (Cuthbertson) started to slowly close the gap to the front of the girl's field. Grace Hanson and Elizabeth Ritter of Weddington also were closing in towards the front of the field.
Preisano was able to charge down the homestretch through the finish line leading what ended up being a close race in 17:57. The first sub-18 of her high school career and the third-fastest mark in NC this XC season. Not far behind was Evans who ran a big personal best dropping her time from 18:27 to 18:01 as Nasta and Jones finished just behind both at 18:02.
Kermes was able to hold off Ritter and Hanson finishing with a personal best of 18:09 ahead of 18:12 and 18:13 respectively for Ritter and Hanson.
|GIRLS 5000 METER RUN FINALS|
|1||Alyssa Preisano||11||Cuthbertson High School||17:57.80||1|
|2||Joiner Evans||10||Mount Tabor||18:01.20||2|
|3||Lillian Nasta||11||Cuthbertson High School||18:02.20||3|
|4||Emma Jones||12||Weddington High School||18:02.90||4|
|5||Stella Kermes||10||Cuthbertson High School||18:09.70||5|
|6||Elizabeth Ritter||11||Weddington High School||18:12.10||6|
|7||Grace Hanson||10||Weddington High School||18:13.10||7|
|8||Audrey Wright||11||Weddington High School||18:45.80||8|
|9||Lillian Douglass||10||West Forsyth||18:46.80||9|
|10||Justine Preisano||10||Cuthbertson High School||18:54.20||10|
Cuthbertson would edge Weddington 30-39 in the team battle, but both teams improved on their team average on the year. Cuthbertson ran a 18:26 for their 1-5 as Weddington finished with an 18:31 average moving both into the top 20 of the national team rankings based on season-best. This is important as both programs hope to end their season at the Running Lane National Championships as a team.
|13||Cuthbertson High School (NC)||827|
|1) Alyssa Preisano||17:57.80||74|
|2) Lillian Nasta||18:02.20||82|
|3) Stella Kermes||18:09.70||104|
|4) Charlotte Bell||18:54.00||283|
|5) Justine Preisano||18:54.20||284|
|Average Time: 18:23.58 Total Time: 1:31:57.90 1-5 Split: 56.40|
|6) Maggie Houp||19:34.10||644|
|7) Samantha Hoover||19:45.70||743|
|19||Weddington High School (NC)||1072|
|1) Emma Jones||18:02.90||85|
|2) Elizabeth Ritter||18:12.10||110|
|3) Grace Hanson||18:13.10||113|
|4) Audrey Wright||18:45.80||231|
|5) Alyx Beausoleil||19:23.60||533|
|Average Time: 18:31.50 Total Time: 1:32:37.50 1-5 Split: 1:20.70|
|6) Paige Starkie||19:56.60||877|
|7) Emma Gandossy||19:59.80||915|
On the boys side, Chauncey Chen went out hard looking for a fast time on the flat McAlpine course, but on the second loop he was overtaken by teammate Isaac Clark as he, Ben Timberlake and Sam Bland would lead a 1-2-3 finish for the Warriors.
Weddington would finish with a 16:02 team average on the day, but would jump their season best team average to a 15:54 as Clark, Timberlake and Bland were the teams 3-4-5 runners on time prior to yesterday. They'll rank 21st in the country now based on 5K team average.
|BOYS 5000 METER RUN FINALS|
|1||Isaac Clark||12||Weddington High School||15:49.10||1|
|2||Ben Timberlake||12||Weddington High School||15:52.00||2|
|3||Sam Bland||12||Weddington High School||15:55.80||3|
|4||Chauncey Chen||11||Weddington High School||16:05.90||4|
|5||Conner Inman||11||Mount Tabor||16:19.80||5|
|6||Connor Riley||11||Mount Tabor||16:26.30||6|
|7||Caden Townshend||11||Weddington High School||16:28.10||7|
|8||Wesley Haggstrom||11||West Forsyth||16:31.00||8|
|9||Mac Barrett||12||Mount Tabor||16:37.40||9|
|10||Joshua Washington||12||Weddington High School||16:39.40||10|