A storm delay and a race canceled halfway through made for an interesting opening meet for the North Carolina men’s and women’s cross country teams.
A race that was supposed to be treated as a workout turned hectic Friday at the Hokie Invite in Blacksburg, Virginia. The women’s team completed their 4-kilometer race, but the men’s 6-kilometer race was called off midway through because of lightning spotted near the course.
The Tar Heels had planned to use the race as a workout, making the first half of the race more conservative, while the runners attempted to hit negative splits each kilometer for the latter half.
Sophomore Josette Norris paced the women’s first place finish with one of her own, and sophomore Stella Radford and freshmen Morgan Ilse and Lucy Biles finished in the top-5.
But while the race went well for the women’s team, the men’s team ended up having to finish their workout in an interesting place — the hotel.