Big meet Saturday in Boone, the High Country CC Classic (Mast Store!). 20 teams are signed up so far, so that means almost everyone in all the races will have a real race the whole way, with competing runners chasing them and competing runners to chase. And the start will be crowded.
Visiting individual runners:
Watch Patrick Sheehan of Lake Norman. He finished 15:49 for 10th at
Wolfpack and has the 12th best time on NC Runners' mid-season list. Josh is #17, for now.
Alex Cameron of Dunwoody (Georgia) is the fastest visiting
girl scheduled for the meet, based on times so far this season (19:16 this season, 18:30 PR).
I was hoping to see a rematch from the Clash of the Classes of West Wilkes freshman Josh Hall against Joe, but Hall will probably be in the Varsity race for West Wilkes. There should be lots of fast freshmen. The Bhalla sisters, who won 2 of the Clash races, will be back. Kathleen might have a good race with Sophia Bhalla, not far behind the leader and maybe Cameron.
Parking: Here's a map centered on the Watauga County swim complex.
Parking for the meet is in the gravel lots along Hunting Hills Lane: (1) across from the swimming pool and playground; and (2)
past the swimming pool and playground, across from the Armory. If those fill up, maybe way back by the tennis courts also, but we want to leave room for swimmers, walkers, and baby strollers' cars too.
There could be some parking at the end of Intramural Fields Drive (Dale St. on the Google map), but the gate is often left closed. The races' start and finish will be near there, on the left side of the covered bridge this time. The big, fenced parking lot that belongs to Appalachian State University will be full of the college students' cars, due to the football game and all downtown. (It wouldn't be surprising to see some rugby inside the course Saturday too, but they won't get up early enough to get the best parking.)