XC Top Ten Countdown: Girls No. 4 Alyssa Preisano

Coming in at No. 4 on the girls' pre-season cross country countdown is Cuthbertson senior Alyssa Preisano!

The Wake Forest commit was limited during the 2022 outdoor season due to injury, but she made the most of the opportunities she had. She anchored home her squad's outdoor state champion 4x800m team with a blazing split of 2:12.40. She also ran 10:58.47 in the 3,200m at All American Track Classic.

At her best, she has proved to be one of the elites in her class nationally. 

She was runner-up at the NCHSAA 4A Indoor State Meet in the 3,200m and was 4th in the 1,600m. She ran 4:59.80 for the 1-mile run at New Balance Indoor Nationals.

To top it off, Preisano was also apart of both of Cuthbertson's indoor state record 4x800m and 4xMile teams. 

She has been on the verge of a state title in cross country for three years. As a sophomore she was runner-up to teammate Madeline Hill, and last year she was 4th. She won the NCHSAA 4A Midwest Regional title last fall, as well.

It was her sophomore season on the track where Preisano really broke into stardom. It was then she won the NCHSAA 3A 800m and 1,600m state titles running 2:17.46 and 4:57.34 respectively. Her 1,600m is a NCHSAA 3A state meet record. 

The earliest race we have on record for the senior is from the Cuthbertson Middle School XC Home Meet in 2016. As a 6th grader, she placed 11th in the 3,000m and was the top finishing 6th grader.

It has been a long prep career for Preisano, and now she enters her season season ready to lead her Cuthbertson squad to the top of the country

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