Green Hope is among the seeded teams in the Great American Cross Country Festival’s featured girls’ race Saturday at the WakeMed Soccer complex in Cary.
The Falcons’ top runners will compete in the Race of Champions at 11 a.m. The competition includes 17 races and begins at 8 a.m. The last race will go off at 1:40 p.m.
“Our girls have been running well,” said Green Hope coach Mike Miragliuolo. “We sent our top runners to Washington, D.C., last weekend and they won the junior race. The girls were split into racing by their grade in school and when all the results were combined, we edged James Madison High, which will be running in Cary on Saturday.”
Miragliulo said top runner Elly Henes, a junior, has been running very well, but will be facing some of the nation’s best at the Great American.
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Miragliulo, incidentally, will be the featured speaker at the Durham Sports Club.
No ejections: The N.C. High School Athletic Association used its annual regional meetings to honor 127 member schools that did not have an ejection during the 2013-14 sports season. The NCHSAA had 399 member schools last year.
Ocracoke and Southside in Chocowinity drew special awards because they have not had an ejection in the past 10 years.
Area schools that had no ejections last year included:
Apex, Broughton, Bunn, Cary, Corinth-Holders, East Wake Academy, Erwin Triton, Franklin Academy, Granville Central, Green Hope, Durham Science & Math, Neuse Charter, Northern Vance, Northwest Halifax, Orange, Oxford Webb, Raleigh Charter, Research Triangle, Rolesville, Roxboro Community, Southeast Halifax, Southern Durham and Durham Voyager.
Not quite perfect: Cardinal Gibbons’ perfect perfect season ended Monday night when Apex took a set from the undefeated Crusaders in Gibbons’ 25-21, 25-19, 20-25, 25-16 four-set victory.
Before the blip, Gibbons had not lost a set while building a 16-0 record. Apex fell to 10-6.
“The girls have been saying, ‘No dropped sets’ and things like that,” Gibbons coach Logan Barber said. “But the ultimate goal is to get to the state championship. What I cared about was if we were going to lose a set, how would they react? I couldn’t have been prouder with how they reacted. They put it behind them and did exactly what they needed to do.”
Gibbons has won five NCHSAA 3A titles in a row.