Green Hope and Broughton athletes turned the Nike Cross Country Southeast Regional into a Triangle meet with their performances Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park.
The Green Hope girls placed second behind junior Elly Henes’ individual runner-up finish. Henes and her teammates advanced to compete in the Nike championships next Saturday in Portland, Ore. The top two teams and five at-large individuals advanced to the finals.
In the boys’ competition, Broughton junior Jeremy Brown placed third to claim one of the five at-large berths at the nationals. The Capitals were 11th as a team.
“Our first four girls all had personal records,” Green Hope girls coach Roger Collins said. “It was a great race by all the girls.”
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Henes shattered her personal record by 18 seconds over the 5,000-meter course with a time of 17 minutes, 7 seconds. Joining Henes with personal records were senior Theresa Enright, 23rd, 18:15; junior Morgan Adams, 31st, 18:26; and senior Elisa Sargent, 34th, 18:29.
Brown earned his first trip to the nationals with his time of 14:57. He was in sixth place with 1,000 meters remaining when he made his move.
“He’s proven himself today,” Broughton coach Dave Christian said. “He mixed it up with guys that were picked to win. Itsays a lot about him of to see him competing like this as a junior.”
Green Hope, officially competing as Western Cary since teams aren’t permitted to use their high school names, totaled 106 points for a comfortable margin over the third-place score of 143. Blacksburg, Va., won with 86 points.
Henes returns to the national after finishing third as an individual a year ago. This marks the second time Green Hope has advanced as a team. The Falcons were second in the 2010 regional and 10th in the national final. Green Hope remains the only North Carolina girls team to make it out of the Southeast Regional.
Rachel McArthur of Virginia passed Henes in the final 500 meters and held on to win by one second in 17:16. McArthur, Henes and Morgan Ilse (third, 17:21) of Atlanta were three abreast entering the final 500 meters. Their sprint to the finish was so furious all three were laboring across the finish line.
“It was a very fast pace, but I’m glad they were there to push me,” Henes said. “I’m very pleased with my time.”
Ravenscroft’s Ryen Frazier dominated a field of state champion and all-state runners from the Southeast while shattering the N.C. girls’ 5-kilometer record for McAlpine Park’s course Saturday at the Foot Locker South Regional cross country meet in Charlotte.
Frazier, who has committed to N.C. State, covered the course in 16 minutes, 27 seconds, the second-fastest time ever by a high school girl at McAlpine Park. The high school course and meet record of 16:26 was set in 2006 by Aurora Scott of Chesapeake, Va. Frazier’s performance obliterated the N.C. best for the course by 48 seconds, eclipsing the mark of 17:15 set in 2011 by Millbrook’s Samantha George.