Lake Normans Patrick Sheehan says he was just trying to keep pace with Hardin Valley Academys (Tenn.) Aaron Templeton when he started the boys open race.
By the end, Sheehan nearly beat Templeton, who is one of the top runners in the country (No. 5, according to dyestat.com), running a personal-best 14 minutes, 55 seconds, one second behind the now two-time defending champion Templeton, who ran 14:54 at the 39th al Wendys Wendys Invitational at McAlpine Park.
Sheehan not only broke 15-minutes for the first time in his career, but was 22 seconds lower than his previous best, 15:17, last month at the WakeMed course in Cary.
I am really ecstatic right now, Sheehan said. It was the perfect situation to use him (Templeton) as a pacer. I was just trying to take it every 100-meters and keep with up with him little by little. Its a great feeling to keep up with one of the best runners in the country and run my best time in the process.
Jay M. Robinson senior McCann Sheridan (15:40) was the only other local runner to finish in the top 10, taking sixth.
North Lincolns Ryan Shannon won the 3A race, running a 15:45, 10 seconds off his career-best (15:35 last month). Shannon finished just in front of teammate Andrew Fea, who ran a 15:53.
Northwest Cabarrus Gil Gilreath (15:57), Hickory Ridges Alex Cornwell (16:02) and Weddingtons Ryan Hobbs (16:04) rounded out the top five in the boys 3A race.
Weddington also took the team title in the same race.
Mount Tabors Ian Milder won the boys invitational race, running a 15:23.
On the girls side, Providence had the best local performances as a team as Bianca Bishop ran a 17:50 to finish as the runner-up in the girls open race.
Panthers teammates Grace Sullivan (18:17) and Kayla Glova (18:38) finished third and fourth, respectively as Providence won the team competition.
Lake Norman freshman Holly Bailey (18:41) rounded out the top five in the same event.
The top 10 had several local runners including, Jay M. Robinsons Natalie Andrejchak (18:53) sixth, Independences Anna McElrath seventh (18:57), and South Pointes (S.C.) Victoria Burdette (19:28) 10th.
Myers Park won the team title in the girls invitational field, led by junior Mary Proutys 18:07, to finish fourth.
Ardrey Kells Sydney Forman (18:16) also took sixth in the invitational race as the only other local runner in the top 10.
Oaktons (Va.) Allie Klimkiewicz won the girls invitational race.
Marvin Ridges Lexi King won the girls 3A race with a 18:17, beating the field by 26 seconds, to help the Maverickswin the race as a team.
North Lincolns Allie Castro finished fourth (19:07), whileMarvin Ridges Nicole Renwick (19:23) took fifth.
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