Broughton won the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A boys’ cross country championship in 2011 and has a chance to repeat.
“We’ve got some good runners, but we are young,” said Caps coach Dave Christian.
Will Roberson (No. 12 in the 2011 4A finals) might be the Caps’ best individual hope, but the team also has Asher Smith-Rose (No. 25) and Allen Lawrence who have run under 16 minutes, 30 seconds. Junior John Dalton Rohr posted a 4:22 in 1,600 meters last spring and also is a sub-16:30 runner.
“We’re like everyone else,” Christian said. “We have to have some guys come through for us to be a contender. I like our team, but we have some questions.”
Teams to watch
Cardinal Gibbons: The Crusaders knocked off Carolina 3A rival Chapel Hill to win the state title in 2011.
Gibbons’ top three finishers in the state championships were seniors, however. Leading the veterans are sub-17:00 runners senior Nick Tyrey (No. 15), junior Chase McCord (No. 17), senior Jake Zawada (No. 22) and sophomore J.T. Klimek (No. 41).
Chapel Hill: The Tigers returns eight runners who broke 17 minutes in 2011 and six were under 16:40.
Chris Reeder, No. 4 in the NCHSAA 3A finals, ran 16:13 in the championship meet. Bradley Viles (No. 8), Tima Karginov (No. 17), Drew Roeber and Oskar Marszalek give the Tigers one of the state’s top lineups.
Cary: Bakri Abushouk finished No. 5 in the NCHSAA 4A in 2011 and is expected to be among the state’s best. Younger brother Dean Abushouk and brothers Abel Tecle (No. 21) and Robel Tecle could make the Imps one of the state’s best.
Green Hope: Tom Nobles (personal best of 16:34) and Corey Colberg (16:53) lead a Falcons’ program that had a string of nine straight Tri-Nine championships stopped last year with a third-place finish behind Cary and Panther Creek.
Coach Mike Miragliuolo credits new assistant coach Jason Bochert for improving the club during summer workouts. Bochert coached teams to state titles at Sanderson and Southern Pines Pinecrest.
East Chapel Hill: Sam Miner (No. 6) is expected to contend for the state individual 4A title. Ryan Brady has run a 16:183.
Millbrook: The Wildcats are expected to contend with Broughton in the Cap Eight 4A. Drew Navarro (personal best of 16:31), Nick Haven (16:42) and Alex Boseman (17:04) led the veterans.
Panther Creek: Josh Vermette heads the Catamounts. Carson Nguyen should break 17:00.
Apex: Veteran coach Roy Cooper is counting on Mihret Coulter, Jordan Kokosica and Tyler Sink.