XC Top Ten Team Countdown: Boys' No. 9 Ardrey Kell

A huge track season from Ardrey Kell propels them into the cross country pre-season top ten on the boys' side of things.

Raghav Gopalakrishnan has emerged as an elite runner in North Carolina, and showed us that with his 9:19 3,200m performance at the NCHSAA 4A state meet that earned him a 4th place finish. Nicholas Grace ran 9:30 for the 3,200m as well, so a big fall could be coming from him. He was 9th in the 3,200m at the state meet, as well. 

Joey Wells is heading into his sophomore season and is looking to take that next step and help his squad jump to the top of the NCHSAA 4A classification. 

As a team, they ranked No. 1 in the 3,200m scored as a cross country meet. 

Rising senior Ben Eckert took a big leap this past spring, as he clocked a huge personal best of 10:27 in the 3,200m and 4:49 in the full mile. 

In the cross country returning rankings, they sit No. 22. But after a strong season in the 3,200m this Ardrey Kell squad can make the leap and be one of the many contenders in NCHSAA 4A.

1Ardrey Kell (NC)294
1) Raghav Gopalakrishnan9:19.853
2) Nicholas Grace9:30.328
3) Joey Wells10:07.2757
4) Ben Eckert10:27.8185
5) Mayan Adhikari10:50.27141
Average Time: 10:03.10 Total Time: 50:15.52 1-5 Split: 1:30.42
6) Jason Linch11:05.02186
7) Michael Azzato11:14.91215