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Cross country preview: defending champs and stiff competition
August 5, 2012Tri-Nine Conference
Green Hope’s cross country program once was known more for having unheard-of depth, with more than 200 runners on its boys’ and girls’ teams.
But the Falcons now are starting to get more national recognition for their dominance. The girls have won the last three N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A state titles and start the year ranked No. 1 among all N.C. classifications – public and private – by NCrunners.com. This preseason distinction comes despite losing five of its top eight runners from a year ago.
Green Hope returns defending Tri-Nine Conference champ Maura McDonnell, who finished fourth in the state, as well as Theresa Enright (20th) and three runners – Taylor Buscemi, Savannah Lips, Allie Worsdale – in the 19-minute range. Shannon Scovel returns as an all-conference member.
Panther Creek, which finished second in the Tri-Nine last year, just ahead of Athens Drive, has McDonnell’s top individual competition with sophomore Rebekah Greengrass. Greengrass was sixth in the state championship.
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