Some of the best high school talents in the state met in the Hagan Stone XC Invitational over the weekend in Pleasant Gardens, NC. The course where the conference championship will be held next Tuesday, made for some 5K fast times, but the big surprise was at the end of the meet when two runners from North received trophies.
Running against over 100 runners, Andy Romero (a sophomore) bested all but four competitors in the Varsity men’s race, taking with him a fifth place trophy. He ran his season best time for Hagan Stone XC course, shaving 2 minutes off his time and running his second fastest 5K this season. Of the 33 teams competing, the Viking men (Romero, Diego Garcia, Sammy Garcia, Misael Luis, M. Blackburn, G. Harmon and Juan Perez) took 11th place overall.
Erika Rodas took home one of three trophies in the girl’s JV race out sprinting teamer Marisol Isidor at the last 50m. Marisol finished second for the Vikings and fourth overall. Frosh Aylin Sandoval, along with Emili Perez, Leslie Garcia, Lucero Garcia, Karen Romero, Alma Sanchez, while finishing well behind their teammates, shattered their own personal best records by one to four minutes.