For the past 14 years, Reagan High School has hosted the biggest post XC season 3,200m tune-up in the southeast! Athletes looking to PR one more time, or getting ready for their Eastbay (formerly Footlocker) races, have made this one of the fastest and deepest fields in the nation.
Girls Elite Heat Preview
The girls' field is absolutely loaded! We look at each competitor in the girls elite heat and see what they can bring to the table! (Listed in order of seed on heat sheet)
The senior George Washington commit is fresh off a NCHSAA 4A XC state championship over Hannah Rae Shaffer. Her personal best in the 5000m of 17:26 is NC No. 2 this season. She was 3rd place in the 1,600m at the NCHSAA Outdoor State Meet. She ran a NC No. 21 all-time 3,200m last season clocking 10:37. If Mitchell has kept her drive from the state meet, this race is hers to lose.
The freshman had a fantastic opening high school season. She was runner-up at the NCHSAA 4A XC State Championship and clocked a NC No. 1 17:22 at her regional. She has yet to run a 3,200m on the track, but holds a 3,000m personal best of 10:47 from the 2019 outdoor season when she was a 7th grader.
Shaffer is not the only superstar freshman in this field. Coming down from Virginia is Sadie Adams, who was 3rd in the VHSL Class 4 XC State Meet behind two elite seniors. She ran 10:53 for the indoor 3,000m last season to take 2nd place at the AAU Indoor National Championship. She ran 17:50 over 5,000m at the MileStat.com XC Invitational.
The senior NC State commit is looking to bounce back after a 3rd place performance at the NCHSAA 3A XC State Championship. She is the defending NCHSAA 3A Outdoor 3,200m state champion where she clocked NC No. 48 all-time 10:51. She broke the 18:00 barrier three times in the 2021 XC season.
The senior had a fantastic post season in cross country. She won the DAC VII Conference title, was runner-up in the 4A Mideast Regional, and 3rd place at the NCHSAA 4A State Championship. She clocked a personal best of 17:54 at the state meet on a cold, windy day. If she has kept that same fitness she could be in for a fantastic time on Saturday.
The junior was runner-up to Shaffer at the NCHSAA 4A East Regional running a personal best of 17:54. She was all-state at the NCHSAA 4A XC State Championship finishing 6th overall. She was 9th at the NCHSAA 4A Outdoor State Championship in the 1,600m in a loaded field. Her 1,600m personal best is 5:06.
The Cuthbertson junior has been fantastic dating back to last track season. She is the defending NCHSAA 3A 800m and 1,600m state champion where she ran a state meet record performance in the 1,600m of 4:57. She ran her personal best in the 800m at the state meet as well, clocking 2:17. She may have the fastest closing speed in this group, so if she is there as the race winds down, she might be the one to beat.
The sophomore established herself as one of the best young guns in the state after her 18:01 performance during cross country. Although she was only 23rd at the NCHSAA 4A XC State Championship she is just as strong a runner as anyone else in the field. She holds a 1,600m personal best from her freshman season of 5:19.
The Furman commit has been the heart and soul of this Warrior squad. She was 5th at the NCHSAA 4A XC State Championship clocking 18:07. She was arguably the most consistent runner all season during cross country with all her times coming in under 19:00. She ran 10:42 over 3,200m during track season last year, and placed 3rd in the event at the 3A state championship. Her all-state performance in the 3,200m was coming after her all-state finish in the 1,600m earlier that day.
Nasta is going to be gunning for a big time after just missing an all-state selection, finishing 11th at the NCHSAA 4A XC State Championship. It still was a fantastic performance for the junior as she was 5th at her conference championship, and 9th at her regional. She ran 18:02 over 5,000m this season. She has crazy range on the track. She ran 11:05 over 3,200m last season and finished 6th at the NCHSAA 3A State Championship in the event. It was a big state meet for her as she doubled back with a 5th place performance in the 1,600m. She has deadly closing speed as shown by her 2:18 800m personal best.
The sophomore established herself as a strong and reliable runner for Cuthbertson during cross country and looks to only build on that as we move into track season. She is coming off an all-state performance at the cross country state meet, clocking 18:21. She has deadly speed as well, with a personal best of 2:21 in the 800m from her freshman season and was a member of the state meet record Cuthbertson 4x800m squad.
The University of Alabama commit is ready to hit the track after her two all-state performances at the 2021 NCHSAA 4A Outdoor Track State Championship in the 800m and 1,600m. She ran 4:59 twice during last outdoor season, and clocked a personal best in the 800m of 2:15.60 at the state meet. She only ran the 3,200m twice during track season running a personal best of 11:28.
Ritter was phenomenal for Weddington this season, and capped it off with an all-state performance at the NCHSAA 4A XC State Championship. She was as consistent as anyone during XC, running every single race under 19:00 and dipping as low as 18:12.
Another great out of state talent, the sophomore is fresh off a 4th place finish at the VHSL Class 4 State XC Meet. She ran her personal best of 18:14 a week earlier at the VHSL Region 4 Championship placing 2nd. She made the trip to North Carolina for the NCRunners Twilight last outdoor season and placed 11th in the 800m running a personal best 2:17.11. She was also runner-up at her state meet in the event. She has a 1,600m personal best of 5:01, which she ran during a 3rd place performance at her state meet. She ran 11:14 at the last edition of New Balance Dash For Doobie in March placing 24th overall.
The defending NCISAA 4A cross country state champion is ready to hit the track! The sophomore is already a two-time NCISAA cross country state champion, but is looking for her first gold on the track. She ran a 1,600m personal best of 5:04 at the CISAA Championships and backed it up with a 5th place finish at the NCISAA Division 1 State Championship. She was runner-up at the CISAA Championship in the 3,200m clocking a personal best of 11:23.
Kayla Werner (Pacers Homeschool, VA)
The top returner from last year's New Balance Dash For Doobie is Kayla Werner who placed 6th in 10:36. She holds a 5,000m personal best of 17:40 from the 2020 VA Elite XC Invitational. She was runner-up at the 2021 NCRunners Elite XC Invitational. She holds personal bests on the track of 2:22 in the 800m, 4:41 in the 1,500m, and 10:08 in the 3,000m.
Another elite out-of-state talent comes to us in the form of James Island sophomore Hannah Vroon. Vroon is a familiar face in NC as she won the Providence Cross Country Invitational in August, and secured 8th place finishes in both the 800m and 1,600m at the 2021 NCRunners Twilight. Vroon has already captured two SCHSL AAAA cross country state titles and took home two more on the track in the 1,600m and 3,200m. She ran a personal best in the 1,600m at her state meet clocking 4:58. She ran 11:15 to win the 3,200m at her state meet but holds a personal best in the event of 10:58.
The UNC commit only ran two races during the cross country season: a 5th place performance at the NCHSAA 4A Midwest Regional, and a 10th place all-state performance at the NCHSAA 4A State Championship. She was more than impressive during the 2021 outdoor track season. She won the NCHSAA 4A Outdoor State Championship in the 1,600m in a state meet record time of 4:50.36. She only ran one 3,200m last season and it was a 11:15 3rd place performance at Ballantyne Twilight.
Maughan is gearing up for her final track season and she is coming off an impressive campaign in 2021. She was runner-up in the 800m at the NCHSAA 3A Outdoor State Championship where she clocked a personal best of 2:17.49. She doubled back and placed 9th in the 1,600m running 5:20. Her personal best in the event came from the Mount Tabor Mile where she ran 5:09, good for 2nd place. In her only 3,200m of the season she clocked 11:26 at the Ballantyne Twilight.
The freshman from Cardinal Gibbons established herself as the No. 2 freshman in the state behind teammate Hannah Rae Shaffer. She was the NC No. 2 freshman during cross country season, clocking 18:03 at her regional, and was the 2nd freshman finisher at the state meet (behind Shaffer) where she finished 12th.
Allie Zealand (Pacers Homeschool, VA)
The sophomore clocked her 5,000m personal best at the Greensboro XC Invitational where she ran 18:24. She holds personal bests on the track of 4:44 in the 1,500m, and 10:32 in the 3,000m.
Vanessa Alder (Carlisle, PA, formerly Pinecrest, NC)
The former Pinecrest High School standout makes her return to the tarheel state to compete against some familiar faces. Alder made the move to Carlisle, PA this summer and had a great debut up north. She finished 9th at the PIAA 3A State Championship and was named second team all-state. She ran her 3,200m personal best of 10:52 at last season's Music City Distance Carnival and she holds a personal best in the 1,600m of 4:57.
The younger Preisano sister was absolutely stellar on the track last season. After taking the NCHSAA 3A Midwest crown in the 800m as a freshman, she backed it up with a 3rd place all-state run at the NCHSAA 3A State Championship running her personal best time of 2:18.69. She was a member of the state meet record Cuthbertson 4x800m squad. She ran 5:04 for the full mile at The Outdoor Nationals taking 8th place in the freshman mile. Her 3,200m personal best comes from the last New Balance Dash For Doobie where ran placed 51st overall in 11:38. After her 18:36 personal best at the NCHSAA 4A Cross Country State Championship there is no doubt she should blow away her 11:38.
Pugsley is fresh off a victory at the VISAA State Cross Country Championships where she ran a personal best of 18:35. She has some crazy speed, as shown by her 2:16 800m personal best. She ran 5:07 over 1,600m last season and was the VISAA champion in both the 800m and 1,600m. She clocked 4:57 in the full mile at the RunningLane Track Championships, further proving her speed. Her 3,200m personal best comes from the Music City Track Carnival where she ran 11:01.
The sophomore had a great cross country season for Weddington and capped it off with a 3rd place finish at the NCHSAA 4A Midwest Regional, and a 22nd place finish at the NCHSAA 4A State Championship. She clocked her personal best of 18:13 earlier in the season at Speed Week Invitational.