XC Weekend Recap
At 8:40pm, in Memphis, over 300 men lined up in their boxes to start the High School Boys Varsity race. The 2018 7A Alabama XC state champions came in to the race as the obvious favorites and they lived up to the hype. Within the first mile, the Huntsville Alabama team made it very clear they were the team to beat. Their runners stayed in a fairly tight pack just behind the top few runners. Jackson Danner (16:09), was the first Huntsville teammate across the line and that was in the 8thoverall spot. You'd think they needed a first or second place finish to take the team title, but that obviously wasn't the case. Jackson tagged the 6th place spot for the team competition. Then be ready to get impressed - his teammates came in 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th in team positions. That's 40 points. And that's tight! That finish got them a win by 85 points to the second place team from Bartlett. And that seems like a blow out, it kind of is.
But by no means is Bartlett a bad team. On the contrary, Bartlett's second place overall spot was the best out of all the local teams. But getting all five of your team to finish in the top 10 of a race, well, kind of hard to do much but sit back and be impressed!
Ranked second in the NXN southeast region, the boys have big post season goals this year. You can read more in this article from the Tennessee Runner Online Maagazine.
Our girls team had a tough day for their standards, but still finished a respectable top 10 placer at 9th, out of 35 teams in the championship varsity race, and over 65 teams at the meet in general.
The boys JV team also won their race with an even lower score than the varsity, only scoring 22 points, placing 5 in the top 8 and 7 guys in the top 13. There were 25 full teams in this race.