Time finally arrives for Enloe cross country

CorrespondentAugust 26, 2007 

— When Nick Mangum started as Enloe's cross country coach two years ago, he knew his runners might not see the results of their training for months, if not for a couple years.

The Eagles' time came Saturday.

Enloe junior Nicholas Carter won the boys' 11th-12th-grade race at the Kickoff Classic at SAS Soccer Park, and four more Enloe runners placed in the top eight of the 3-kilometer race.

"We've been building for the past couple years," Mangum said. "... They've been working their butts off, so I'm really proud of them."

Carter won in 9 minutes, 11.07 seconds, beating teammate Nick Graw by 0.87 seconds. Carter won the ninth-10th-grade race as a freshman and placed in the top five of the 11th-12th race last year.

"I went out hard like I was supposed to," Carter said. "When I got to the hill the first time, Coach Mangum told me to make the move, and I was lucky enough to hold everybody off."

Cary's Kristen Azarelo won the girls' 11th-12th race by 10 seconds over Sanderson's Allison Cook.

"I've been wanting this for all four years of high school," said Azarelo, a senior who had a time of 11:22.83. "If Andie [Cozzarelli] was in front, maybe she would've gotten it. But that's my goal this year, to catch up with her."

Cozzarelli, an Apex senior who was the 2006 4-A state cross country runner-up, didn't run Saturday.

Cary's Mohamed Abushouk won the boys underclassmen race in 9:33.11. Broughton's Timmons Williams (11:48.21) edged Cary's Jenna Christensen by 0.23 seconds in the girls underclassmen race.

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