Published: Sep 15, 2008 08:39 PM
Modified: Sep 15, 2008 08:39 PM
CARY -- Taylor Gilland of Chapel Hill High School apparently hasn't heard Satchell Paige's warning: "Don't look over your shoulder; someone might be gaining on you." Or, if he has, he doesn't need to heed it.
Gilland, who posted a time of 15 minutes, 39 seconds to win the boys 5K championship at last Saturday's Wolfpack Invitational, used a move on the back portion of the race to build a 30-meter lead over runner-up Dakota Peachee of West Johnston, who finished five seconds behind.
"I wanted to stay with the lead group for two miles before making my move," Gilland said. "I knew Dakota would come with me, and he did."
Peachee closed the gap between himself and Gilland on the final hill of the race, but West Johnston coach Patrick Shaw saw the writing on the wall.
"The two best runners here today finished where they should," Shaw said. "I saw Taylor look over his shoulder when they reached the hill, and I knew he would put the hammer down if he needed to."
Chapel Hill appeared to be in the driver's seat when the Tigers added Will Bunch's ninth-place finish and Kyle Villeman's 10th-place effort to their team score, but the depth of Green Hope (100 points) and Broughton (105) was too much to overcome.
Green Hope took advantage of a strong start Saturday morning at WakeMed Soccer Park and edged out the highly touted Caps and Tigers to claim the boys' title.
Chapel Hill, despite placing a trio of runners among the top 10 finishers, including overall winner Gilland, settled for third in the team standings with 140 points.
"We knew Broughton would come out fast, and I thought the race would be between the two of us and Chapel Hill," Falcon's coach Mike Miragliuolo said.
Spreitzer finished in 16:07, edging out Terry Sanford's Chase Christianson (16:08) and Broughton's Burk Staub (16:09).
The Falcon girls (139) settled for third in the girls 5K championship event behind Mountain Brook High of Alabama (54) and East Chapel Hill (136).
Mountain Brook claimed the title with an aggregate score of 54.
East Chapel Hill, led by individual winner Carolyn Baskir, beat every North Carolina team entered, noted ECH coach Stephen Marquis.
Baskir finished the girls 5K in 18:26, more than 20 seconds in front of runner up Adrianne Soo of Durham Academy.
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