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by Becky Kimbrell-Norris
WAKE FOREST — Calvin Ulrich of Wake Forest crossed the finish line first in a dual 5K cross country meet between the Cougars and Wakefield High September 11.
Ulrich finished with a time of 17:56.50 on Wake Forest’s Flaherty Park course and led the Cougars to a first place finish in the boys race.
Wakefield captured the girls event and the Wolverines’ Ashley Blawas was the fastest, completing the course in 22:16.30.
“I thought we ran well,” said Wake Forest coach Patrick Marshall. “I was very happy for the boys to win.”
“The girls are dealing with a lot of injuries to some of our upper level runners, but the ones who did compete ran very well,” Marshall added.
Bailey Autry of Wake Forest was second for the boys in 18:47.40 followed by Wakefield’s Tre Brooks, 19:17.60.
The Cougars took the fourth and fifth place with Kameron Heath and Joseph Lawhorn’s times of 19:26.80 and 19:29.30, respectively.
Wyatt Schug of Wakefield posted a time of 19:32.50 and came in sixth.
Rounding out the top 10 were Brett Zeck, Markian Kuropas and Drew Lyon of Wake Forest and Wakefield’s Jesse Kerzner.
For the girls, Grace Yoakum finished second with a time of 23:20.70. Running behind her were Alexa House, 24:00, and Lauren Monroe, 24:11.50, both of Wakefield.
Sarah Weber of Wake Forest ran for fifth place in 24:30.40. Wakefield claimed the sixth and seventh positions with Ransom Stacey and Ciara Winders posting times of 24:34.80 and 24:35.30, respectively.
The Cougars’ Casey Turro, Rebecca Yoakum and Leah Weber rounded out the top 10 for the girls.
“Despite the fact that some of our top runners are out with injuries, the girls performed well, beating Wake Forest in our third dual of the season,” said Wakefield coach Melissa Schug.
“The recent spike in temperatures has affected some of our training and this evening was rather warm for a late afternoon run,” Schug said. “However, the girls pushed through and performed well and came away with a win.”
The Wakefield boys are also contending with some of their team leaders taking off for illness and injuries, according to Schug.
“Although most of the boys did not get a personal best on the Wake Forest challenging course, they worked hard and finished with respectable times,” Schug said.
Newcomers to the team, Joseph Koehler and Zach Nolan dropped a few seconds off their times.
Wakefield will compete Saturday in the Adidas Challenge at Wake Med Park.