Notebook: Broughton, Gibbons, Green Hope and Carrboro chase NCHSAA cross country titles

tstevens@newsobserver.comOctober 30, 2013 

Broughton, Green Hope, Cardinal Gibbons and Carrboro will try to add to their consecutive cross country championships on Saturday in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A championships in Kernersville. The races will be held at the newly named Redmon Sports Complex, which was known as Beeson Park.

The Broughton boys won the past two state 4A titles and this year’s club might be their best.

The Caps’ top five averaged 15 minutes, 32 seconds during last week’s regional at the Wake Med Soccer Park in Cary. Comparisons are inexact because courses and conditions vary, but 15:32 would have won the state 4A title in eight of the past 11 years.

Broughton is ranked No.3 in the country by MileSplit, a national cross country and track and field site.

The Green Hope girls have won the past four 4A titles and won the Mideast Regional last week, but a mock race computed by has Charlotte Providence nipping the Falcons for the team title. The same site has Broughton dominating the boys’ race.

Broughton’s Megan Sullivan, who won the state individual 4A title in 2012, is among the favorites this year.

The 4A boys will run at 3 p.m., with the girls starting at 4 p.m.

The Cardinal Gibbons boys will help open the NCHSAA championships at 10 a.m. The Crusaders won the 2012 and 2011 boys’ 3A titles. The Gibbons girls, who have won the past three 3A championships, will run at 11 a.m. The Crusaders’ Mary Grace Doggett is the defending individual champ.

Carrboro has won the past four girls’ 2A championships. The 2A boys will run at 3:30 and the 2A girls at 4:30. The 1A boys will start at 10:30 a.m. and the 1A girls at 11:30.

Volleyball finals: Wakefield, which defeated previously unbeaten Greenville Conley in the NCHSAA volleyball semifinals Tuesday, will play 31-1 Cornelius Hough in the championship match at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at N.C. State’s Reynolds Coliseum.

Cardinal Gibbons (27-0) will play China Grove Carson (34-0) in the 3A final at 5 p.m. Raleigh Charter (23-1) and Boonville Starmount (26-6) will play for the 1A title at noon and Trinity Wheatmore (27-1) will face Hendersonville (23-5) at 2:30 in 2A.

Gibbons returns to the title game for the ninth consecutive year (in two classifications) and is seeking its fifth straight NCHSAA title.

Swim recruits: Conor Hale of Apex, Cameron Brown of Athens Drive and Will Close of Broughton announced their college decisions this week. All three swim for the Marlins of Raleigh Swim Team.

Brown accepted a swimming scholarship to Florida State. She scored in the NCHSAA championships in 2012 and made the finals in the junior nationals in Orlando, Fla., in March.

Close chose North Carolina over Brown and William & Mary. He also scored at the NCHSAA 4A championships and made finals at the NCSA Junior Nationals last year.

Hale is expected to swim the breaststroke and the individual medley at Nova Southeastern in Miami.

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