Lake Norman’s Patrick Sheehan turned in the best time in North Carolina this season, as well as set a school record, in finishing second at the Wendy’s Invitational cross country meet, held Oct. 5 in Charlotte.Sheehan ran the 5-kilometer course at McAlpine Park in 14 minutes, 55 seconds, coming in one second behind two-time race winner Aaron Templeton of Hardin Valley (Tenn.) Academy.“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 up with him little by little. It’s a great feeling to keep up with one of the best runners in the country and run my best time in the process.”In addition to breaking the 15-minute mark for the first time in his running career, Sheehan’s time moved to the top of the state rankings, according to milesplit.com. It also moved the Wildcats’ No. 1 runner to 16th in the Saucony Elite 50 national rankings.Before the Wendy’s Invitational meet, Sheehan’s personal best had been a 15:17, set during last month’s Adidas Cross Country Challenge at the WakeMed Soccer Complex in Cary. Jay Edwards and Bill Kiser
Monday, Oct. 14, 2013
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