Cross Country Frosh Quartet Competing at U.S. Junior Trials
RALEIGH, N.C. Four NC State freshmen cross country athletes will compete this weekend for roster spots on the U.S. junior national team at the 2009 USA Cross Country Championships and World Cross Country Team Trials.
Emily Pritt, Ryan Hill, Patrick Campbell and Brian Himelright will compete at the trials on Saturday, February 7, at the Agricultural History Farm Park in Derwood, Maryland. Pritt will run in the junior women’s 6k race at 11:45 a.m. Hill, Campbell and Himelright will run in the junior men’s 8k race at 12:30 p.m.
The top six runners in the men’s and women’s trials will make the national teams, which will compete at the World Cross Country Championships on March 28, 2009, in Amman, Jordan.
NC State has a lengthy history with the USA Cross Country program. Eighteen previous Wolfpack cross country runners have earned spots on the national or the junior national teams, including current NC State team members Bobby Moldovan, a redshirt-freshman in 2008; and Bona Jones, a junior in 2008 and an All-American as a true freshman in 2006.
NC State previously placed multiple runners on the national teams in 1980 (Julie Shea and Betty Springs), 1981 (Springs and Mary Shea), 1984 (Springs and Pat Piper), 1985 (Springs and Janet Smith), 1993 (Pat Joyce and Heather Hollis), and 1996 (Christy Nichols, Jackie Coscia and Kristen Hall).
Hill was an All-ACC performer and the 2008 ACC men’s rookie of the year after a 13th-place finish at the ACC Cross Country Championships on November 1. He was the Wolfpack’s No. 3 finisher at the NCAA Pre-Nationals, the NCAA Southeast Regional, and the NCAA Championships. Hill was a 2007 Foot Locker All-American out of Hickory (N.C.) High School.
Pritt was the top runner in four of five races for the NC State women’s team, which featured a freshman-dominated lineup throughout the 2008 campaign. Pritt was a three-time all-state runner at North Canton (Ohio) High School. She finished fifth in the 2007 Mid-East Cross Country Championships, which featured top high school runners from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Kentucky.
Campbell was a 2007 Foot Locker All-American at Mooresville (N.C.) High School. He ran unattached as a freshman in 2008 for NC State. Himelright was a two-time all-state performer at Woodridge High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and won the Pack Invitational as an unattached runner as a freshman in 2008. Campbell and Himelright officially redshirted in 2008 and will be redshirt-freshman for the 2009 cross country season.