Welcome to the 2014 Great American Cross Country Festival

We are back here again in Cary, NC at WakeMed Soccer Park for the 2014 Great American Cross Country Festival. The meet first took place here from 2003-05 (when it was SAS Soccer Park), moved to Hoover, AL for three years, and has now been at WakeMed since 2009. As was the case last year, the meet will be held on a single-day (Sat., Oct. 4), with the Race of Champions for each gender, plus seeded and other varsity and junior varsity events for high schools. Through the years, we have witnessed the best teams and individuals in the region – and many of the best in the country – battle on one of the nation’s best and well-seasoned courses. As we first noted last year, members of the North Carolina and South Carolina Independent Schools Association are now allowed to compete.

The Festival will again be held in concert with the HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Challenge. As far as community support, the involvement of the town of Cary and the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance has been outstanding. We hope you will be with us in 2014!

2014 quickstart

More meet info

2013 Race in Review

What a meet!

As has been the case each year, the meet featured terrific team and individual competition, especially in the Race of Champions events. More than 3,000 runners came to Cary for 15 races, representing about 150 schools from nearly 20 states.

In the boys’ ROC, we had a sub-15:00 individual champ for the 3rd straight year, with Ben Huffman (Providence Day School, NC senior) winning in 14:59.4 – outkicking the Brentwood, TN senior duo of Taylor Caldwell (15:00.1) and Alec Thomas (15:00.2), and Louis Colson (Edison, VA senior) at 15:00.9. The field didn’t quite match the top-end excellence of the Sean McGorty-Jason Thompson record-setting battle in 2012, but the seven runners under 15:15 set a new standard for excellence, depth-wise, and never has there been that close a race between the top four.

The boys’ ROC team battle saw Brentwood, TN come very close to the Christian Brothers Academy, NJ course record from 2012 as they averaged 15:28.16 – less than four seconds a man off the mark. At the front, though, Brentwood did something never seen here before, scoring 2-3-4 for their first three – all under 15:10. Even with a 5th man tallying 77 points, they scored 99 to finish well ahead of St. Xavier, KY (runner-up for 2nd straight year) at 170, Tatnall, DE at 185 and Cardinal O’Hara, PA at 205.

Meanwhile, Assumption, KY defended its 2012 girls’ ROC title, nipping Blacksburg, VA by a single point, 95-96. A close battle for 3rd saw Green Hope NC at 139, nine-time GACC champ Saratoga Springs, NY at 144 and Barrington, RI at 146.

Individually, 2012 runner-up Hannah Long (Eureka, MO junior) moved up a spot to prevail with 17:38.0. She was followed by Madisyn Peeples (Bowling Green, KY frosh) at 17:57.6, moving up 15 spots in the final 2k. Eliza Rego (LaSalle, RI soph) outkicked Ryen Frazier (Ravenscroft, NC junior) for 3rd, 18:02.0-18:02.9.

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