Photos taken by PDS athlete, Clay Sankey - volunteer NCRunners photographer
Photo: From the Seahawk Invitational, by Ben Hovis The Bishop McGuinness girls head into this weekend’s 1A race as the favorites. This is unfamiliar territory for the girls from Bishop, as it is only their 3rd year in the 1A classification. Prior to becoming a member of the NCHSAA, they competed in the NCISAA. Last year Hayesville won their 4th straight title, but only squeaking by a determined Bishop team by 3 points. Coahc Youtz has a great team with talented girls. This team should go down in history as Bishop McGuinness' most successful, not matter what happens on Saturday.
Start of 2006 1A meet, NCRunners.com photo The 1A races should be quite entertaining. The individual races for both look to be up for grabs. In both races we could be treated to a small pack of athletes battling through the first half of the race. The boys team title could go to about 4 different schools, while the girls title looks to be in Bishop's hands. Nothing is ever certain, so I'm looking forward to these two races.
The 2A state meet should prove to be a very competitive competition. The girl's team title is probably decided as Gibbons is quite possibly the best team in the state and will most likely place 5 in the top 10. However, the girls individual race may be between 2 athletes, and should be very fast. The boys team title looked to be Owen's but West Henderson has come on strong throughout the year and only lost by 6 at the West Regional. The individual title should also be a lot of fun to watch. Look for a group of about 4 to race together for much of the race. Photo: Look for the Owen/West Henderson battle to continue this weekend. Photo taken by Susan Anton.
The competition in the boy's 4A tam competition may be the best ever. There are numerous teams with 5 athletes under 17:00. Pack running may turn out to be the name of the game after the boy's race is over. The girls competition is also going to be great. The individual title should be a great race with some very talented girls. Let the fun begin! Photo: Taylor Gilland and Nick Graw will battle again! Photo by Mark Keenan from Wendy's Invitational.
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