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Friday-Saturday, October 2-3, 2009

WakeMed Soccer Park - Cary NC

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Familiarity Breeds Success
Saratoga NY girls, Brookwood GA boys take team titles
Brian Atkinson, Carolyn Baskir challenge records

They say familiarity breeds contempt.  But it also breeds success.  And familiarity with the Great American XC Festival’s new home certainly was a recipe for success on a warm, clear Saturday as three of the four Race of Champions individual and team winners used their previous experiences at the WakeMed Soccer Complex in Cary NC for positive gain. SteveU Meet Story | Walter Pinion Photo Galleries - Boys ROC - Girls ROC - 7 More Galleries (at left)

Above, girls ROC team champs Saratoga.  Below, individual ROC champs Brian Atkinson and Carolyn Baskir.
Photos by Walter Pinion

  • ***US#3/NY#2 Saratoga NY girls won their 7th Great American Race of Champions title with super runs from both their youngsters and their seniors, scoring 53 points and winning by 69 over US#13/SE#1 Blacksburg VA (122).  Following close behind in a NY-VA battle were US#18/SE#2 Midlothian VA 138, US#7/NY#3 Monroe-Woodbury NY 141, and SE#4 Hidden Valley VA 147
  • With a late final 50 kick to respond to Samantha Nadel's earlier kick, East Chapel Hill NC sr Carolyn Baskir ran within 3 seconds of the course record with a 17:14 to win the Girls ROC.  Nadel, a North Shore NY soph, was 2nd in 17:14, followed by Parkway Central MO sr Diane Robison (17:37) and Blacksburg VA sr twins Joanna (17:44) and Kathleen (17:46) Stevens
  • Taking the lead around the halfway points, Melbourne FL sr Brian Atkinson held off Maryville TN sr Clint McKelvey, 15:13-15:18, for the boys ROC title.  Bishop Hendricken RI sr Jacob Sienko was 3rd (15:20), followed by Bishop Guertin NH sr Francis Hernandez (15:23) and Eastern Alamance NC sr Jake Hurysz (15:25).
  • ***US#47/SE#1 Brookwood boys, missing two of their top six, nonetheless scored 118 and an impressive boys ROC win over NE powers US#31/NE#6 Bishop Guertin NH (149) and US#26/NE#4 Bishop Hendricken RI (150).  NY#6 North Rockland NY was 4th with 161, followed by Green Hope NC in 199.
*** - Scoring corrections on 10/4 put Bishop Guertin ahead of Bishop Hendricken by one point in boys ROC and changed point totals in both ROC races

Hel-LO, 'Toga - Hello, New YORK!
The return of the Great American XC Festival to North Carolina has had a lot to do with the return of some New York powers, most prominently the US#3 Saratoga NY girls - they won every Great American girls Race of Champions title from 2000-2005.  The girls ROC, in fact, also features Monroe-Woodbury, North Shore, and Warwick Valley - three of that state's top 7 teams, plus another traditional power.

It's back to Cary ...  December 2008 announcement

The finish as it appeared in 2003, the first year of Great American's previous stint in Cary.

Winners Table - click on event for results when available
All races 5k except as noted.
Event (ALL results added)
Girls Race of Champions
 US#3 Saratoga NY 53, Carolyn Baskir (East Chapel Hill NC) 17:14
Boys Race of Champions
 SE#1 Brookwood GA 118, Brian Atkinson (Melbourne FL) 15:13
Girls Seeded Invite
 Athens Drive NC 138, Emily Marchini (Massapequa NY) 18:36
Boys Seeded Invite
 Midlothian VA 65, Andrew Palmer (Walt Whitman MD) 15:40
Girls Small School
 St. Pius X GA 26, Marion Walker (Academic Magnet SC) 20:04
Boys Small School
 Berkeley Prep FL 29, Tyler Greathouse (Berkeley Prep FL) 16:04
Girls Invitational Red
 Robinson Secondary VA 80, Stephanie Frenchik (Landstown VA) 18:41
Boys Invitational Red
 Danbury CT 79, Alex Levine (Danbury CT) 16:25
JV Girls
 Saratoga NY 15, Brianna Freestone (Saratoga NY) 19:09
JV Boys
 St. Xavier KY 22, Aaron Graves (St. Xavier KY) 16:54
JV Girls II (White)
 Saratoga NY 15, Alison Treichel (Saratoga NY) 20:37
JV Boys II (White)
 Brookwood GA 23, Gabe Gomez (Brookwood GA) 17:53
Freshman Girls
 Saratoga NY 47, Kelsey Esselman (Monroe-Woodbury) 19:22
Freshman Boys
 St. Xavier KY 26, Conner Sheryak (St. Xavier KY) 17:11
Race of Champions Women

 Maryland 23, Kristin Reed (U of Maryland) 17:47
Race of Champions Men 8K

 Duke 41, Alex Lundy (U of Maryland) 23:52
HBCU Challenge Women
 Norfolk State 31, Aurora Scott (Norfolk State) 18:27
HBCU Challenge Men 8K
 Norfolk State 29, Philemon Kimutai (Norfolk State) 24:46
Community Race
 Ryan Carroll 16:08, Mary Grace Doggett 21:09

Schedule of Events (revised 9/25)

Friday, October 2, 2009

Event # Race/Event Start
1 University/College/Open Women – Race of Champions 5k 3:30pm
2 University/College/Open Men – Race of Champions 8k 3:55pm
  END 4:30pm
Pasta Dinner, Herbert Young Community Center 6:00pm-8:00pm

Saturday, October 3, 2009

4 Community 5K Race - 13 and Under 8:00am
5 Community 5K Race - over 13 8:00am
(Events 4 and 5 will be run simultaneously)
6 Small School Champs, Boys 5K 8:45am
7 Small School Champ, Girls 5K 9:10am
  Opening Ceremonies 9:35am
8 Race of Champions, Boys 5K 9:45am
9 Race of Champions, Girls 5K 10:10am
10 Invitational Boys, Seeded 5K 10:35am
11 Invitational Girls, Seeded 5K 11:00am
12 HBCU Challenge - Men 8K 11:25am
13 HBCU Challenge - Women 5K 12:00pm
14 Invitational Boys, Red 5K 12:25pm
15 Invitational Girls, Red 5K 12:50pm
16 JV Boys 5K 1:15pm
17 JV Girls 5K 1:40pm
20 JV II Boys 5K (White Invitational) 2:05pm
21 JV II Girls 5K (White Invitational) 2:30pm
18 Freshman Boys 5K 2:55pm
19 Freshman Girls 5K 3:20pm
  END 3:45 pm