Another strong finish clinches regular season title for Bulldogs

The Princeton boys cross country team wrapped up the Carolina 1A Conference title last week. (Photo by Judy Casey)

Princeton cross country coach Mark McLamb has been pleasantly surprised by the performance of his boys cross country team this season.

Last week, the boys settled for a solid runner-up finish at Lakewood and it was good enough to clinch the regular season title for the Bulldogs.

Lane Woodall once again set the pace for Princeton finishing the course in 19 minutes, 7.80 seconds (fourth place). Luke Brush placed eighth for the day (19:39.30) and Zeb Whitley came through with the tenth fastest time (20:10.50).

Kyle Balageo, Bailey Weeks, Adam Casey and Brandon Saro also turned in fast times to finish inside the top-20.

Princeton won three of the five conference meets this season and placed second in each of the last two weeks to seal the title.

“Our boys have improved a lot and I would have never guessed we would be near the front of the conference this year,” McLamb said. “The majority of the team is new and several of those guys have stepped up and played a major role in the finishes we have had.”

Princeton accumulated 26 total points through the five meets, besting runner-up Neuse Charter and the Cougars’ 22 points. Rosewood was third place in the regular season standings.  

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