by Becky Kimbrell-Norris
WAKE FOREST — Heritage High School’s girls and boys cross country teams posted 23 personal best times during a dual meet against Wake Forest Sept. 18.
The Husky boys edged the Cougar boys by one point while the girls from Wake Forest outran Heritage on the 5K course at Flaherty Park in Wake Forest.
“It was a very close boys race,” said Wake Forest coach Patrick Marshall. “I was disappointed to see that we lost by one point and I was hoping we could pull out a win in that race.”
“I was pleased, however; that a lot of the boys posted better times than they did in the previous week,” Marshall added.
Grant Rodgers of Heritage was the fastest boy and won the race with a time of 16:51.80.
Wake Forest’s Calvin Ulrich was second, finishing in 17:30.40.
Matt Dausch of Heritage placed third and broke the 18:00 mark for the first time with a time of 17:47.
The Cougars took fourth and fifth place with Bailey Autry and Kameron Heath crossing the line in 18:19.40 and 18:31.30, respectively.
Gabe Gonzalez of Heritage also ran a personal best in 18:34 and came in sixth place, followed by teammate Tyler Crum, who also achieved a personal best time of 19:23.
“Tyler continues to show up as one of the stronger up-and-coming freshman in the county,” said Heritage coach Thomas Hampton.
Eight and ninth place went to Joseph Lawhorn, 18:46.40, and Brett Zeck, 19:02, both of Wake Forest.
The Husky’s Anthony Hampton rounded out the top 10, posting a time of 19:23.30.
Connor Hellman of Heritage also finished under 20 minutes in 19:30.90 as did Tyler Murray, Markian Kuropas and Drew Lyon.
“The boys are training hard and it is starting to pay dividends,” Hampton said.
In the girls race, the Cougars took the top four spots with Grace Yoakum as the fastest competitor with a time of 22:34.70.
Casey Turro was second in 23:01.30, ahead of teammates Sarah Weber, 23:05.40 and Rebecca Yoakum, 23:29.70.
“The girls ran very well considering we have a couple of hurt athletes, who would normally be in our top seven,” Marshall said.
“I was very encouraged to see how much improvement in times we had at this meet,” Marshall said. “Many of our runners earned a season best or all-time best 5K times. I think that as the season goes on we will continue to improve.”
Heritage claimed fifth, sixth and seventh place. Ashley Jeckel, 23:39.50 finished ahead of Caitlin Brennan, 24:12.20 and Cameron Good, 24:20.70.
“Ashley now seems to be fully recovered from her early season injury and smashed her previous personal record by two minutes,” Hampton said.
“Caitlin also broke her previous record,” Hampton said.
Kathleen Jusko, 26:01 and Blaik Bibbs, 26:41, rounded out the Huskies top five.