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.