The adidas XC Challenge started the weekend off blistering fast, with five preps going sub-15:20, including Brodey Hasty, a Brentwood (Tennessee) High athlete who ran unattached and posted a new U.S. No. 1 time of 14:44.70 in a non-divisional race.
But Hasty wasn't the only runner to excel on the WakeMed Soccer Complex course in Cary, North Carolina, as R.J. Reynolds (North Carolina) High's John Tatter authored a U.S. No. 6 time and a scorching new PR of 15:00.70 to win the boys championship race.
Virginia Beach Ocean Lakes High's Brent Bailey was second and marked a U.S. No. 30 effort of 15:13.20.
|1||John Tatter||12 R.J. Reynolds||15:00.70||1|
|2||Brent Bailey||12 Ocean Lakes||15:13.20||2|
|3||David Melville||12 Northern Guilford||15:13.60||3|
|4||Coleman Mitchell||12 Cary Academy||15:19.30||4|
|5||Grant Northcutt||12 Cosby||15:26.70||--|
|6||Michael Moerk||12 Mount Tabor||15:28.20||5|
|7||Cameron Ponder||12 Mount Tabor||15:31.40||6|
|8||Dakota Mendenhall||12 Forbush||15:31.70||--|
|9||Ben Verchick||11 Union Pines||15:40.00||--|
|10||Laderique McNeill||12 Harnett Central||15:43.10||7|
On the girls side, two athletes posted top 50 times nationally, with Ripley (West Virginia) High's Victoria Starcher going 17:41.10 and Laney (North Carolina) High's Natalie Tyner posting an effort of 17:47.60.
|1||Victoria Starcher||10 Ripley||17:41.10||1|
|2||Natalie Tyner||11 Laney||17:47.60||--|
|3||Kaitlynn Wolfe||10 Blacksburg High School||18:20.00||2|
|4||Mari Cagle Lockhart||10 Daniel||18:30.20||3|
|5||Izzy Evely||12 Lake Norman Charter School||18:34.20||4|
- Cory Mull