Big Performances Highlight Return of NCRunners Elite Tune Up

Athletes performed unattached or for their club team in this meet.

Even with the high school season behind us, that doesn't stop these athletes from chasing personal bests to put that exclamation point on their season. 

The 800m runs on both sides were the events to watch, and they lived up to the hype. 

Charlotte Bell (Cuthbertson) claimed the NC No. 1 spot this season, as well as the No. 6 all-time performance for our state, with her 2:08.92. Anna Maynard (Charlotte Country Day) hung on for the ride and it paid off with a personal best of 2:15.77.

On the boys' side, the rematch between Andrew Mallo (Wake Forest) and Dylan Look (Chapel Hill). Mallo won the NCHSAA 4A title in the 800m, but Look got his revenge taking the win at the NCRunners Tune Up. He ran 1:52.41 to out lean Mallo's 1:52.98.

In the girls' 3,200m, Hannah Rae Shaffer (Cardinal Gibbons) again made her case for best 3,200m runner in the state after her 10:36.07 performance. Her time is a second faster than what she ran at NCHSAA 4A state championship, which she won. Chandler Welsh (R.J. Reynolds) had a breakout performance and ran a huge personal best of 10:46.43.

In the one mile run, Linde Fonville (Charlotte Country Day) and Grace Hanson (Weddington) added themselves to the sub 5:00 club. Fonville took the win in 4:57.48, and Hanson was runner-up in 4:59.61.

Two boys dipped under 4:20 in the mile, Isaac Clark (Weddington) and Evan Pena (Hoggard). It was Clark who took home the win, however, 4:16.80 to 4:19.94.

It is worth noting that at Music City Distance Carnival Ardrey Kell's Patrick Gibbons ran a state record 6:03.23 in the 2K Steeple and Christ School's Rocky Hansen won the PUMA Mile in 4:03.99.