Ty Steorts Was Out To Prove A Point At The adidas XC Challenge
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There have been some great athletes on the WakeMed Cross Country Course in recent years.
From Brodey Hasty, Rocky Hansen and Drew Hunter to DJ Principe, Carter Cheeseman and Charles Hicks.
The list is illustrious, and it is long.
But on Saturday, it felt like Hurricane (WV) junior Ty Steorts was out to prove a point. The West Virginia star man ran the third-fastest time on the course in its history, clocking a time of 14:38.80 to win the adidas XC Challenge.
Only Hasty (14:32.20) and Principe (14:32.40) have run faster on it all-time. Steorts played it safe, ultimately taking control over the second-half of the course as he legged past Lampeter Strasburg's Colin Whitaker, who was second overall in 14:42.60.
CHAMPIONSHIP BOYS 5000 METER RUN FINALS PLACE ATHLETE TEAM RESULT POINTS 1 Ty Steorts 11 Hurricane 14:38.80 1 2 Colin Whitaker 12 Lampeter Strasburg 14:42.60 0 3 Noah Valyo 12 Athens Drive 14:48.00 2 4 Luke Liming 12 Cary 14:56.90 3 5 Aaron Kidd 12 Hurricane 14:58.70 4 6 Tyler Surface 12 North Raleigh Christian Academy 14:58.90 0 7 Cameron Davis 12 Calvert Hall College High School 14:59.00 5 8 Jack Anstrom 11 Seaforth High School 14:59.70 0
A total of eight boys broke 15 minutes on the course, while Calvert Hall, a private Maryland program, won the team title with 122 points, which was a full 100 points staked on Nease (202).
The girls championship?
This one also was a statement-maker, though more of a reaffirming one for Cardinal Gibbons. For the second straight week following their dominating performance at the Knights Crossing Invitational, the North Carolina program housed competition at adidas XC, winning the team title with 45 points.
The squad lowered its 5K average down to 18:06 and was once again led by lead-runner Hannah Rae Shaffer, who finished in 17:18.80. She was one of 10 girls under 18 minutes on the course.
At this point, with Cardinal Gibbons off to a flying start, fellow North Carolina program Cuthbertson, which finished fourth at Woodbridge and is nationally ranked, has to be aware, if not a little worried. Cuthbertson claimed the North Carolina 4A title by 49 points in 2022.
This fall, that gap has closed ...fast.
TEAM SCORES PLACE TEAM POINTS SCORERS TIMES 1 Cardinal Gibbons 45 1+8+10+12+14 (35+62) 1:07 1-5 Split | 18:06 Avg 2 Mount Tabor 112 4+9+25+34+40 (171+175) 1:22 1-5 Split | 18:44 Avg 3 W.T. Woodson 139 11+19+30+33+46 (63+92) 1:08 1-5 Split | 18:56 Avg 4 West Springfield 194 5+13+41+56+79 (84+96) 2:06 1-5 Split | 19:07 Avg 5 Hoggard 245 3+38+60+64+80 (115+126) 2:17 1-5 Split | 19:22 Avg
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