Yesterday at the NOTC cross country 2 mile race, afternoon showers cooled Lafreniere Park for a crowd of about 100 runners. The event was divided into two races, male and female with the men’s race going off first. Well represented among the field was a contingent of runners from St. Martin’s, Country Day and John Curtis.
Immediately from the gun, local standouts Devyn Keith and Brandon Wingate took to the lead, pushing the pace through the mile in around 5:05. Wingate recently became a masters runner, but has been competing for top overall honors on the local circuit. The fast pace brought through the rest of the field on pace to run quick times on the hilly course.
The battle between the two top runners would be thick all the way through the race with Wingate looking to take the victory with just minutes to go. A strong surge by Keith with less than a quarter mile to go sealed the victory with a time of 10:28, a performance akin to his season opening race at Lafreniere two years ago when he won the JCCS season opener with 10:08 for 3k. Wingate finished in second a few seconds behind. A bevy of high school runners rounded out the rest of the top 10.
In the womens race, Becky Younger took the lead early and did not relinquish it the rest of the race. She finished with a winning time of 12:26 on the wet, hilly course. Followed closely behind her was a strong string of high school girls who battled it out for second. The group of 3-4 girls flipped position several times in the second half of the race.
For Full Results NOTC should be posting the results here soon.