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Record-breaking Saturday for Rebels

It’s good to be the John's. Senior John Leckrone (left) and junior John Rorie (right) recorded impressive sub-19:00 personal records on Saturday, October 1st at the Wendy's Invitational.

The running Rebels made Parkwood proud on Saturday, October 1st, at the annual Wendy's Invitational at McAlpine Park in Charlotte. One of the largest meets in the region, Wendy's attracts competition from as far away as Georgia and Tennessee and has a waiting list that is difficult to make. Last year, the Rebels raced as individuals, not having enough members to compete as a team. This year, crisp, sunny weather lent nearly perfect conditions for racing as the Rebels went straight for the competitive 3A pack, pulling out personal bests and finishing better than last as teams. 

The team's top girl runners, who faced some disappointing times at the county race on September 22nd, thrived on the competition. Junior, and captain, Sidney Scott and senior Ruthie Johnson led the personal records for seven of the team's nine competing girls. Scott, who raced a 22:57 at the meet last year, led the Rebel pack early, and finished 78th overall with a time of 22:02. Johnson, who did not compete last year because she was in Cameroon, followed closely behind Scott with a 23:01 finish time. Other PR's included junior Amber Dennis (24:32), sophomore Katia Keller (26:58), junior Rikki Stafford (27:17), junior Grace Pickens (27:41), and junior Cameron Moser (34:23).

The boys' race was even more exciting, as the deep competition pushed all six of the Rebel competitors to personal best times. This race was particularly crucial for senior John Leckrone, who was uncertain if he would be able to make any more races this season because of his busy schedule. Leckrone's season has been focused on racing sub-19:00, and on Saturday he was able to beat this goal with the help of teammate John Rorie, a junior. With both boys chasing PR goals, and paced by the intense competition, they pushed each other to those sub-19:00 times, as Leckrone led in at 18:26 and Rorie followed closely behind at 18:32. Rorie, who narrowly missed a PR at this meet last year after behind pushed down a hill on the course, will be trying for sub-18:00 as the team heads into the tail end of the season. Freshman Calvin Newton (22:47), fighting off a cold, led the rest of the Rebel boys, and was followed closely by junior Nathan Beekman (23:28), freshman Joshua Beekman (23:44), and freshman Sawyer Murphy (26:19). Murphy was able to best his previous PR by more than three and a half minutes.

The team heads into the final regular season meet on Wednesday, October 5th at Myers Park High School. They will be racing on the newly-reopened course there, and it should offer a challenge as they face Cuthbertson, Providence, Hopewell, Hough, and Rocky River as well as Myers Park. The first race goes off at 4:30 p.m..

Written by: Cross Country Coach, Megan Clement
Posted: Oct 05, 2011 by Regina Snelson

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