The squad competed on the state level last weekend, where the 7-8 sub-bantam boys team came in third place and the 11-12 midget boys took sixth place.
Leading the way for the sub-bantam boys in the 2K race was Christopher Crews in sixth place in a time of eight minutes and 35.05 seconds, while Will Jennings came in seventh (8:36.61), Andrew Albertus finished 15th (9:11.33), Liam Laney came in 16th (9:12.18), Will Mason was 34th (9:57.65), Reece Williams was 42nd (10:57.75) and Pete Balega was 44th (31:10.21).
For the midget boys, Joshua Albertus led the way in 19th place (11:37.69) in the 3K run, followed by Andrew Traylor in 44th (13:14.18), Elijah Redick in 48th (13:31.53), Noah Samples in 49th (13:32.68), Joshua Beam in 50th (13:38.59) and Jeffery Vaughn in 60th (14:18.78).
The bantam boys were led by John Allen Smith’s 42nd-place showing in the 3K (14:55.28), while Ethan Morris took 47th (15:44.45), Willie Lowe was 53rd (16:53.78) and Cole Carter was 54th (17:36.10). For the youth boys, Ross Kasselder was 59th (18:19.36) in the 4K.
For the midget girls, Lily Langley took 34th (13:38.49) and Audrey Best came in 43rd (14:01.29).
Also part of the team are Samantha Crews, Cade Crews, Jaxson Crews, David Morris and Chaz Jordan.
In Saturday’s regional, the 20 top individuals and top three teams will advance to the USATF National Championships.
CPRCAD cross country coach Larry Turner said Hurricane Sandy created some issues for USATF, where teams from New York and New Jersey weren’t able to compete, which caused a chain reaction for the other squads.
“Hurricane Sandy wiped out some of the teams, so it was short notice for us to get the information to the kids so they could run. Some of them ran last week at the state meet. And from the state meet, they said even though the situation is what it is, we’re going to allow you to bring as many members as you can that will make a team for the region,” Turner said.
Turner said roughly 25 runners from the CPRCAD program will be headed to Fayetteville on Saturday, a positive step for the young program.
“What has happened, the kids are just getting better. It’s going to help the school a whole lot to introduce them to cross country at an early age. All of them are not football players. All of them are not soccer players. Some of them are just runners. And that’s what they want to do,” Turner said. “This is why I believe it’s going to open up the gates for that kid to come out and just run. Then he can develop himself. If he wants to become that football player or basketball player in the end, so be it. But his ability was helped through running.”
And while the group is excited about the opportunity, it is also still mourning the loss of teammate Will Garrett, who tragically lost his life on Oct. 27.
Team member Jeffery Vaughn had wrist bands made in Garrett’s honor that reads, “CPRCAD Cross Country 2012 In Memory of Will Garrett,” with the imprint of a butterfly on it.
“We’re all wearing those wristbands in memory of him. Our love and prayers go out to his family. The team, they really miss him and we’re just really praying for the Garrett family,” Turner said.