The Scoop: Records And Big Performances Top The Weekend

* Sam Rich ran 14:59 to take the victory at the Great American XC Festival

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All eyes were on Sam Rich this weekend at the Great American XC Festival, as this was his second time competing at the WakeMed Soccer Complex.

The last time he was seen this course was his sophomore year when he ran a 5K time of 15:17.80.

The Catawba Ridge (SC) senior took the lead from the start and continued to add separation throughout the race. This time when he crossed the finish line, though, he became the 23rd runner to break 15 minutes for 5K at this meet. The Notre Dame commit clocked a 14:59.80, making this his second sub-15 minute performance of the season. 

Rich's performance earned him a 190 speed rating. 

Ryan Motondo finished second to Rich with a 15:09.50 and Tyler Canaday of Severna Park (VA) clocked a 15:10.00 for third. 

Mont Tabor edged out Severna Park by five points to take the team title. The Spartans had their top five runners finish in the top 48. Severna Park's top three runners finished in the top 18 and had all five runners crossed the line within the top 55. 

* Race of Champions 5K

1	Sam Rich	12	Catawba Ridge HS	14:59.80 	1
2	Ryan Motondo	12	Williams, Walter M	15:09.50 	0
3	Tyler Canaday	12	Severna Park High School	15:10.00 	2
4	Will Soule	12	Mount Tabor	15:14.90 	3
5	James May	12	Marietta High School	15:16.90 	4
6	Jimmy Mullarkey	12	Fern Creek	15:17.40 	0
7	Graham Mussmon	12	Loudoun Valley	15:22.50 	5
8	Jacob Laney	11	Porter Ridge	15:23.30 	0

* Ciara O'Shea reflects on her performance from the Great American XC Festival

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In the girls Race of Champions, Ciara O'Shea, the junior from Madison Central (KY), took down a loaded field after traveling 7.5 hours away from Kentucky to compete.

The lead pack consisted of O'Shea, Abby Faith Cheeseman, Reese Fahys, Irene Riggs, Jolena Quarzo, and Mia Cochran -- the latter being the only senior in this lead group.

Coming up the final hill, O'Shea and Fahys pulled away from the field. Within the last 200m of the race, O'Shea shifted into another gear to cross the finish line with the victory. 

O'Shea earned a 147 speed rating after she clocked a 17:08.90. This was over a 30 second personal best for her. 

Fahys finished four seconds behind O'Shea for second and Cheeseman finished third in 17:12.30. 

When it came to a team title, three points separated Weddington and Cambridge Christian.

*Race of Champions 5K

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1	Ciara O'Shea	11	Madison Central	17:08.90 	0
2	Reese Fahys	11	East Greenwich High School	17:12.30 	1
3	Abby Faith Cheeseman	9	The Webb School	17:15.20 	0
4	Irene Riggs	11	Morgantown	17:17.10 	2
5	Jolena Quarzo	11	Brownsville Area	17:17.10 	0
6	Mia Cochran	12	Moon Area	17:18.00 	0
7	Caroline Bauer	12	Jamestown	17:27.50 	0
8	Juliette Whittaker	12	Mount De Sales Academy	17:44.10 	0

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