Asheville School's boys cross country team earned a first-place win at the Carolina Athletic Association (CAA) cross country championship on Wednesday, October 18, while the girls team finished third.
"It was one of the strongest fields I've seen for our conference in a long time," said Head Coach John Smith. "It was a strong group of competitors across all the schools, so to win was a privilege and an honor. We raced on a hard course over at Christ School and ran brilliantly. Asheville School placed seven boys in the top 14, and our ladies were awesome—they were competing against great 2A teams."
The boys team finished as a strong first—they totaled 35 points, with ACA coming in second at 53 and Christ School coming in third at 64. The girls race was neck-and-neck, with Carolina Day finishing first with 42 points and ACA and Asheville School both earning 43 points.
Head Coach John Smith explains the scoring: "Runners earn points for the team based on their result," he said. "If they finish first, they earn one point; if they finish second they earn two points and so on. You take your top five places as a team, add them together, and that's your team score. If you have a tie, it's broken by the sixth runner, which is what happened in the CAA girls' race."
Smith says that watching both races was a treat because of the depth of the field across the conference.
Six runners earned All-CAA honors for the Blues, including Vivian Gregory, Claire Hill, Lia Sprouse, Major Eason, Robert Harlan, and Paolo Navarro.
On Friday, October 27, the Blues will travel to Cary, North Carolina for the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A state meet. "I think putting up the results they did this week will give our team the confidence it takes to get great results next week in Cary," Smith said. "I'm really proud of both teams, and it's going to be a challenge to choose the top seven from the boys and girls teams to take to states, which is a good problem to have."
Join us in wishing Blues Cross Country congratulations and good luck as they prepare for the state meet! Follow Asheville School Athletics on Twitter @avlschoolsports for updates and photos from the events.