2012 Race in Review
What a meet!
It may rank as one of the best ones yet.
We had record numbers with over 3400 athletes, almost 1000 more than in 2011. And slightly more than our previous "record" of just under 3400 in 2003.
There were 150 schools from 19 states.
Despite the torrential rains on Friday night and early Saturday morning, the course held up well, and there were some incredibly fast times. And this with "off and on" drizzle and downpour throughout the day.
Christian Brothers Academy (Lincroft), NJ showed why they are the best boys' team in the country, scoring only 60 points averaging 15:24 per man! Highly rated St. Xavier (Louisville, KY) and Cardinal O'Hara (Springfield, PA) scored 148 and 161 points, respectively for 2nd and 3rd.
The boys demolished the meet record as the top 5 made it into the all-time course top 10, with the first three becoming the top 3 all-time. Kevin Mc Gorty (Chantilly, VA) won an exciting stretch run over Jacob Thomson (Holy Cross, Louisville, KY) with Mc Gorty running 14:13.6, only .3 over Thomson. Twenty-four boys "cracked" 15:30 and put themselves on the top 90 course list.
For the girls, highly ranked Assumption (Louisville, KY) handed Saratoga Springs (NY) its first loss ever in Cary, with Assumption over the Kranick-coached NY squad, 88 to 136. Perennial national power Tatnall (Wilmington, DE) was a close third at 142.
Individual winner Maggie Drazba (St. Mary's, WV) held off soph Hannah Long (Eureka, MO) to win the individual title, 17:37.9 to 17:30.0. Twenty-one girls put themselves in the top 90 all-time course list of those running 18:06 or better.