North carolina cross country state meet 2012

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Results - North Carolina NCHSAA Outdoor State Championships A L Brown High School Track & Field and Cross Country - Kannapolis, North Carolina, posted a news article May 20th , am. Team and Individual State Champions ListingState Records. Prep/Personal •An all-state cross country runner as a senior, and a multiple-time all-state performer in track and field? •Ran third at the Division II state meet and.

However, this did not stop them from finishing in 22nd place as a team in the 40 team field. This was a 10 place improvement over the teams performance last year. Led by the punch of Puzdrakiewicz and Sullivan the Lady Bruins not only improved upon last years effort but also out performed all the other teams in their division. When asked about the teams effort Coach Winter said, " I think the girls are a bit disappointed with their times.

With such hot and humid conditions running a fast time was hard though. However, we competed well and their times do not reflect their fitness levels, it was just to windy and humid and hot to run fast. I am proud of the effort we gave. With senior Jacob Lifesy sitting out due to illness and junior Patrick Richardson struggling with a severe side stitch for 2 miles of the race the Bruins did what they could.

Racing under the same conditions as the girls team the Bruins struggled to hit the time marks they wanted, however, Sophomore Sam Darnall and Freshman Jack Goodwin led the way with encouraging early season performances indicating that the team as a whole can run fast when all the small things fall into place.

Coach Winter said that, "We had some key guys struggle today. Bindra, Richardson, and Redden were really hurting and for whatever reason were just not on their "A" game today. However, it's a long season and I would rather us struggle tonight than in October when it matters most. I think we did what we could on the night, sometimes for whatever reason, the legs just don't have that pop they need.

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Sometimes is good to struggle, it's good to know that you will have to hurt and endure pain in order to get what you want, we learned that tonight" Second Place Sweep at Hot and Humid USJ Invite Despite the almost unbearable temperatures the Bruins and Lady Bruins both finished in second place in the 16 team category. Once again the team was led by eighth grader Kayla Puzrdakiewicz who recorded a great effort of The boys were able to hold onto second place behind the solid efforts of All State runners Sam Darnall and Patrick Richardson.

Racing on the course the team will compete on to qualify for state, the girls proved that the off season work they have done works. Running side by side the entire way the girls crossed the line 1: Mary's out of Memphis. They were the only girls racing for the Lady Bruins today. They got to preview the regional course and learn how to race it," said Coach Winter. Sam Darnall and Jack Goodwin raced as well. Running on a cool summer morning at Jackson State Community College, both squads posted times and places that are indicative of solid early season form.

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Covering the 2-mile course in Finishing second for the team and 2nd overall in the race in a time of Garland, finishing 6th overall, ran the course in Garland is also coming off a strong season in which she too was named to the All-State cross country team.

Like Garland, Graham is competing in her 3rd consecutive year of cross country and is making great strides. Finishing 15th overall in the race and in a time of Hall and Garrett, running side by side the entire race, finished in the same time This was a second improvement from last year's jamboree.

north carolina cross country state meet 2012

Hall and Garrett running in their second season give the team the added boost of competitiveness that it will need to compete for the state title this season. Howell, one of three seniors on the girls team, rounded out the finishers for the Lady Bruins. Howell ran a personal best for 2 miles of Grace Woodside, coming off recent ACL surgery, did not compete in this race. Darnall finished just 10 seconds behind the race leaders.

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After coming through one mile in 5: Bindra and Richardson both ran strong second halves of the race, as well clocking Freshman Jack Goodwin opened up his season with an Rounding out the top five finishers for the Bruins was Senior Jourdan Redden. Redden ran the 2-mile course in Lifesy, a senior for the Bruins, came in just strides after Redden, in a time of Woodside, competing in his first season, covered the 2-mile course in a solid time of Smith, Butler, and Rickman rounded out the finishers of the Bruins by all running their fastest times ever for the 2-mile in high school cross country.

Newcomer, Tyler Wiley was sidelined with severe shin pain for this race. The meet is held at the Mike Rose Soccer complex and brings in some of the best competition in the Southeast. The top ten finishers in the seeded races qualify for the national championships. Racing against mostly juniors and seniors from ten different states, Sam and Patrick capped off their prospective seasons with much to build on for next year.

The winning time was Pictured above to the left: Out of a field of eight teams the Lady Bruins finished 5th while the Bruins finished 6th. The Lady Bruins were led by freshman Samantha Sullivan. Sullivan, competing in her first season of cross country and in her first state cross country championship race, finished in 6th place overall in a time of This was a 2: Sullivan was also the highest finishing athlete from the city of Jackson in either boys or girls competition in any division at the state meet.

In only her second season of competition, Garland improved on her time from last year's state meet by a full 60 seconds and by 1: Richardson, competing in his second season of cross country battled back from early season set backs due to sickness to finish off his sophomore year with a 7th place, This time is a second improvement on his time at this meet last year and a 1: This is Patrick's second season in a row to be named to the All-State cross country team.

Freshman runner Sam Darnall capped off an impressive first season for the Bruins by finishing the state meet in 9th place by running Sam's effort at the state meet was a 43 second improvement upon his time run on the same course earlier this season at the Tennessee Classic. Not only is this a testament to the hard work of those individuals, but also to everyone else on our team. All the runners that made the All-State team were encouraged and supported and spurred on by their team mates all season long.

The future for USJ cross country looks strong.

north carolina cross country state meet 2012

We wish you the best and thank you for your hard work and commitment to the USJ cross country program. Needing to finish in the top 4 as a team to qualify for the state meet in Nashville on November 5, the Bruins and Lady Bruins finished 4th and 3rd respectively and earned their spots in the state championship cross country meet. The Lady Bruins finished 3rd out of 7 schools.

Coaches have also voiced concern over the amount of time it takes girls to finish a race. The average girls' runners complete a four-kilometer race in approximately the same amount of time the average boys finish a five-kilometer course. That thinking doesn't sit well with some of the nation's elite harriers. The four-kilometer race changes the strategy for some top athletes. In states where the distance is shorter, the race is substantially different. Six-tenths of a mile can adequately separate runners who are better conditioned or, as in Hauger's case, those who get stronger as the race gets longer.

Colleges looking for the best and the brightest have a hard time comparing girls who run the five-kilometer distances with those who do not.

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Maria Hauger won a Minnesota state championship in the 4K but was forced to change her strategy for longer postseason events like the Foot Locker Championships. John Nepolitan "I coach a pretty large team," Haselhorst said. The boys run 1, [meters] and the girls run 1, But for whatever reason, the game changes during cross country season.

But all of the states surveyed signaled that several of their coaches have openly wondered about the negative fallout of an increased distance. They get thrown into coaching, and they do it to the best of their ability, but they have this perception, for whatever reason, that to ask these girls to run another 1, meters is going to hurt the sport.

I don't think they ever actually take the time to ask their kids. Once we get a feel for what the total population [of the coaches] wants, we'll take it to our fall meetings to administrators.

That's the kind of philosophy we have. Until we get some real vibes from our coaches that, 'Hey, we want to change this,' we're not going to do anything. In other states, it's not that simple. Nebraska, for example, enforces a rule that would prevent large-school classifications from changing their rules without the smaller classifications following suit.

That prevents coaches like Haselhorst from finding an acceptable strategy for all parties -- allowing the bigger programs to move to 5K while placating the smaller schools that are concerned about participation numbers.

north carolina cross country state meet 2012

That process is under review and may change shortly. But for coaches like Haselhorst, it can't change soon enough. I think it holds some of our girls back.