The Myers Park girls had arguably the most impressive team performance from a giant weekend of cross country in North Carolina.
The open races produced the fastest individual boys times, but where will the teams from the early races stack up against the championships?
Ben Huffman (Providence Day) made a final surge up the hill at WakeMed that will change national rankings and postseason predictions.
Quick look at the weekend. (photo by Jeff George/ncrunners.com)
We might as well label the first weekend of October every year as Virginian Invasion of North Carolina weekend as a significant number of the state's teams and individuals venture to several invitational meets to our neighbors to the south between the Great American Festival in Cary, the Wendy's Invitaitonal in Charlotte, and Hagan Stone Classic in Greensboro. Below are some quick highlights so far from early reports from those meets.
The gun fires on the biggest day of the regular season in North Carolina, with three major invitationals on fast courses.
Lexi won the girls 3A race at Wendy's Invitational.
Ryan won the Boys 3A race at Wendy's Invitational in 15:45.
Ryan finished 3rd in the Wendy's Invitation Race.
Allie Klimkieweiz won the girls Invitational race at the Wendy's Invitational.
Emma won the Girls Open race at the Wendy's Invitational in 17:47
Featured Hardin Valley's Aaron Templeton and Lake Normans Patrick Sheehan who ran 14:54, and 14:55 respectively.
Deja vu? These two friends already had one epic finish at McAlpine this season, and this weekend could produce another.
Brentwood boys dominate with elite pack, great performances at Great American, HSers defeating Collegians, and much more inside! (Photo by Jeff George)
With regional- and national-caliber invitationals on three of the state's four major courses, this is the biggest weekend of the regular season.
Kayla Montgomery returns to McAlpine with many goals, and one of them might be reasserting her candidacy for best scholastic runner in NC.