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by Becky Kimbrell-Norris
RALEIGH — The Wake Forest High School boys and girls cross country runners raced to a fifth and sixth place, respectively in Tuesday’s Cap 8 conference championship.
Both teams ran solid on the 5K course at Wake Med Soccer Park in Raleigh.
“I thought both of our teams ran well today,” said Wake Forest coach Patrick Marshall. “We finished a place ahead of where I thought we would end up in the conference.”
“A lot of my runners showed time improvements today and I am looking forward to see what they can do next week at the regional meet.”
Calvin Ulrich was the Cougars’ fastest runner in the boy’s event. He finished in 16th place with a time of 17:10.60.
Teammate Bailey Autry was the second runner from Wake Forest to cross the finish line in 17:27.50, good enough for 24th place.
“I have been very encouraged by how well my underclassmen have performed,” Marshall said. “It gives me a lot of hope for our future. If they continue to work hard, we will continue to improve in the conference.”
Brett Zack and Joe Lawhorn of Wake Forest completed the race in 18:25.20 and 18:32.90, respectively.
The Cougars’ Kamron Heath ran the course in 18:38.70 while Tyler Murray came in 18:42.40.
Another runner from Wake Forest finishing under 19 minutes was Markian Kuropas, 18:57.
Broughton won the boys race followed by Millbrook, Leesville Road and Sanderson. Finishing behind Wake Forest was Heritage, Enloe and Wakefield.
Grant Rodgers was Heritage’s top runner and he placed fifth overall in 16:04.80, breaking a new course record.
Other Husky runners included Gabriel Gonzales, 18:07.20; Tyler Crum, 18:10; and Matt Dausch, 18:43.50.
“Gabriel and Tyler set personal records,” said Heritage coach Anthony Hampton.
Tre Brook had the fastest run for Wakefield with a time of 17:33.
The Wolverine’s Wyatt Schug came in 18:27.10.
In the girl’s race, Grace Yoakum of Wake Forest posted a time of 21:13.90 and finished 25th.
The Cougars Megan Lanzon came in 21:36.80 while teammate Casey Turro’s time was 22:14.60.
Ashley Jeckel was the top finisher for the Huskies with a new personal record of 22:26.80.
Cameron Good, 24:16.90; Caitlyn Brennan, 25:21.30; Laura Sales, 25:28.50 and Blaike Bibbs, 27:35.20 rounded our Heritage’s top five.
Wakefield’s girls were paced by Lauren Monroe, who ran a 21:43.30. Ashley Blawas was close behind with a time of 21:52.
The Wolverines Alexa House posted a time of 22:37.40 while Alison Mallory’s time was 22:46.30.
Broughton also won the girls event, finishing ahead of Millbrook, Leesville Road, Sanderson and Enloe.
Wakefield ended the day in seventh place in front of Heritage.