Broughton sweeps Cap Eight cross country championships

CorrespondentOctober 15, 2013 

— Broughton’s boys and girls swept team and individual honors at the Cap Eight cross country championships Tuesday at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Now Broughton coach Dave Christian hopes conference championships are just the beginning of postseason accomplishments.

“We have traditional goals that never change, and one of those is winning the conference championship,” Christian said. “We think that sets us up confidence-wise and momentum-wise for regionals to advance to the state meet.”

The Caps’ boys, the defending state 4A champs, entered the meet heavy favorites despite the absence of their No. 1 runner, senior Will Roberson, who has an injury but expects to be ready for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association regionals on Oct. 26.

Sophomore Jeremy Brown led the charge, which ended with Broughton taking the top four spots. Seniors Asher Smith-Rose and John Dalton Rohr and junior Peter Millsaps finished second through fourth. Junior Will Sandin completed the Broughton scoring with 10th place.

“That was a pretty good race,” Brown said. “I felt great and probably my best race of the season. Having my teammates around me helped push me to the limit.”

Christian held out Roberson as a precaution.

“Will has a little nagging injury, and he’s been able to train,” Christian said. “As defending conference champion, it kind of pains him for me to make the decision not to race, but I think in the long run it’s the right decision and we’ll have him back at regionals and the state meet.

“With Will out, it gave some others the opportunity to win, and we saw four guys make the decision to try to win,” Christian said. “Jeremy had the better day and for a sophomore to come out with a conference championship shows a lot of confidence and hopefully the direction he’s moving and it kind of makes him one of the front-runners in the state.”

Broughton’s boys’ 20 points easily outdistanced second-place Millbrook, which scored 59.

The girls’ race, as expected, was much closer. Broughton senior Megan Sullivan, the defending state 4A champion, led the Caps to the title over Millbrook, which had won three of the previous four conference championships.

Sullivan’s time of 18:19.5 was 14 seconds ahead of second-place Emily Pettis, a sophomore from Millbrook.

“Millbrook beat us by one point last year, so winning this is big for us,” Sullivan said. “Everyone did well, gave all they’ve got. I went out to have fun and gain confidence. And now we focus on regionals and states.”

Broughton won with 36 points, followed by Millbrook (50) and Leesville Road (59).

For Broughton, freshman Savannah Jones finished fourth, junior Ayla Gizlice took sixth, sophomore Katie Wadsworth was 10th and senior Kerian Celeste was 11th.

“The girls had big challenges from teams ranked highly in the state,” Christian said. “Everybody in the conference is running really well. I was really pleased with the girls. We want to celebrate this one a little bit. Megan is moving into championship form, and today she had the opportunity to get out front and run.”

Millbrook coach Brian Schneidewind tipped his hat to Broughton, while looking ahead to their next meeting.

“We knew it would be close between us and Broughton and we gave it our all, but Broughton had the better day,” he said. “You can see how much it means to the girls. We’ll see them again at the regionals. The rivalry continues.”

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