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Ashley Cross Country Team’s Compete in Regular Season Meet & Varsity Boy’s Travel to Cary for the Greater American XC Festival

• 9/27 - Eagles Cross Country Team’s both finish 2nd in 5-School Meet - The Screaming Eagles Boy’s and Girl’s Cross Country Teams finished 2nd Place in a 5-school meet hosted by New Hanover High School at Castle Hayne Park this past Thursday.
This is 1 of the harder courses in the conference to run thru with several tight turns, stretches with roots, and a narrow trail in some areas of the course. Due to this several Coach’s had their kids jogging.
The Eagles had 7 of their top 10 not even in the race since they were competing in the Greater American XC Festival in Cary on Saturday. This was very hard for the Varsity boys to watch, but know it is important to go into Saturday with fresh legs to try and better there State Ranking currently at 25th Place. However not jogging was New Hanover’s George Webb who broke the course record with a 17:08 despite running off course for about 20 seconds. George was followed by 2 more Wild Cats: Gunar Swartzlander 17:50, and Tristen Geever 17:51, Ashley’s Brandon Nix set a personal best time of 18:00. Three more Wild Cats took 5th-7th Place they were: Greyson Weatherford 18:08, Jackson Denton 18:12, Nigel Barnes 18:17. 8th Place was Ashley’s Rylee Smith 18:32 and 9th & 10th Places were also Wild Cats: Jason Smith 18:44, and Nathan Watson 19:18. The team scores were: New Hanover 17, Ashley 57, Hoggard 82, Laney 88, and Coastal Christian High School 155. The rest of the Eagles Times and Places were: 16th Nathan Mercer 19:31, 19th Vaughn Rizzo 19:33 PR, 28th Cody Benton 19:42, 30th Dylan Merten 19:48, 33rd Gray Wilson 19:58, Rodrick Allen 21:05, Nick Galonka 21:44, Jake Karslake 21:50, Chris Avery 21:56, James Avery 22:24, Dylan Secero 22:27, Ben Jackson 22:46, Marshall Skelton 22:57, Austin Bailey 23:13, Conner McCorrmick 23:51, Jordan Powell 24:00, Loch McDonald 24:01, Jonathan Kennedy 24:07, Adam Ortega 24:13, David Elrod 24:15, Dylan Oxendine 26:11, and Jordan Shapiro 27:29.
In the Girl’s race it was pretty clear that just New Hanover and Ashley were going all out. Early on 2 Lady Eagles settled in with a large pack of Wild Cats. By the finish New Hanover’s Sarah Miller in 20:49, followed by Ashley’s Lindsey Williams PR time of 21:04, 3rd Place New Hanover’s Rachel Walter 21:05, 4th Place Ashley’s Julia Boudreau 21:21 PR, 5th-7th Place were all New Hanover: Regan Daughtry 21:26, Pagie Potte 21:46, and Tatum Jacaruso 21:53. The last 3 ladies in the top 10 were: Laney’s Kerry Lenorad 22:06, Celeste Skoff 22:28, and New Hanover’s Scout Schmidt was 10th 22:20. The Team Scores were: New Hanover 22, Ashley 53, Laney 60, Hoggard 111, and Coastal Christian 155.
• 9/29 – Eagles Varsity Boys Cross Country compete with some of the Nation’s Best at the Greater American XC Festival – The Screaming Eagles Cross Country Team were looking to improve upon their North Carolina High School Rankings at the Greater American XC Festival held at Cary’s WakeMedd Soccer Complex this past Saturday.
While the Boy’s did see some PR’s their team rank of 25th Place stayed the same. They are just a few points away from breaking into the top 20. There were 4 races in this Meet for Varsity Teams. This Meet Annual draws National Ranked teams and this season was no exception. In the Championship race there were 31 Teams, the fastest had a average time for their 5 fastest runner’s at 15:24 and the 31st Team was 16:41.
The Eagles were in the 2nd hardest Race of the day and had perhaps the worse conditions of all the Varsity Races. While the rain held off for the Eagles they still had to contend with a course that was pretty muddy from the 12 races held before theirs. That didn’t stop team captain Brien Lancaster from running his personal best time of 16:34 moving his Conference Ranking up to 1st Place 2 weeks away from the Conference Meet. Brien was followed closely in the race by teammate Stephen Wilson until a collision sent Stephen down to the ground. He was able to still get up and finish close to his PR with a time of 17:18 in 87th Place. Will mayo finished 3rd for the Eagles with a time of 17:26, Bryan Veals was 4th at 17:29, Joesph Harty was 5th 17:42, Daniel Lancaster was 6th at 18:05 and David Fletchner was 7th for the Eagles with a time of 19:49.
All the Eagles will be competing in a 3-School Meet against Greenville Rose and Laney at Boyd Lee Park in Winterville this Thursday, followed by the County Championships the following Thursday at Hugh McRae Park and The Conference Championships being held at Boyd Lee Park October 18th.